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DAY 1 Jesus Gives Life
Then Jesus said, "I am the bread that gives life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."
John 6:35 NCV
Who's the best friend any girl has ever had? Who's the best friend the whole wide world has ever had? Jesus, of course! When you invite Him into your heart, Jesus will be your friend, too ... your friend forever.
Jesus has offered to share the gifts of everlasting life and everlasting love with the world ... and with you. If you make mistakes, He'll still be your friend. If you behave badly, He'll still love you. If you feel sorry or sad, He can help you feel better.
Jesus wants you to have a happy, healthy life. He wants you to be generous and kind. He wants you to follow His example. The rest is up to you. You can do it! And with a friend like Jesus, you will.
DAY 2 Never-Ending Love
The unfailing love of the Lord never ends!
Lamentations 3:22 NLT
How much does God love you? He loves you so much that He sent His Son Jesus to come to this earth for you! And, when you accept Jesus into your heart, God gives you a gift that is more precious than gold: that gift is called "eternal life" which means that you will live forever with God in heaven!
God's love is bigger and more powerful than anybody can imagine, but it is very real. So do yourself a favor right now: accept God's love with open arms and welcome His Son Jesus into your heart. When you do, your life will be changed today, tomorrow, and forever.
DAY 3 Ending your Day with God
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening.
Psalm 92:1-2 NLT
How do you end your day? Are you one of those girls who falls to sleep without saying your prayers, or without thanking God for His blessings? Hopefully not! After all, God loves you very much, and He has given you many gifts. So the right thing to do is to thank Him every night.
Each new day is a gift from God, and every evening gives you another chance to thank Him for that gift. So bedtime is good to spend a few quiet moments thanking the Giver. Saying your prayers is a wonderful way to end your day.
DAY 4 Hopes, Hopes, and More Hopes
Make me hear joy and gladness.
Psalm 51:8 NKJV
Hope is a very good thing to have ... and to share. So make this promise to yourself and keep it: promise yourself that you'll be a hopeful person. Think good thoughts. Trust God. Become friends with Jesus. And trust your hopes, not your fears. Then, when you've filled your heart with hope and gladness, share your good thoughts with friends. They'll be better for it, and so will you.
DAY 5 It's Easy to Worry
The Lord himself will go before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forget you. Don't be afraid and don't worry.
Deuteronomy 31:8 NCV
It's easy to worry about things—big things and little things. But the Bible promises us that if we learn to trust God more and more each day, we won't worry so much.
Are you worried about something? If so, try doing these two things: first, ask God for His help. And second, talk things over with your parents. When you do these things, you won't worry so much. And that's good ... VERY good!
DAY 6 Asking for Forgiveness
Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
Colossians 3:13-14 MSG
When you make a mistake or hurt someone's feelings, what should you do? You should say you're sorry and ask for forgiveness. And you should do so sooner, not later.
The longer you wait to apologize, the harder it is on you. So if you've done something wrong, don't be afraid to ask for forgiveness, and don't be afraid to ask for it NOW!
DAY 7 The Courage to Tell the Truth
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:32 NKJV
Sometimes, we're afraid of what might happen if we tell the truth. Sometimes, instead of doing the courageous thing, we do the unwise thing: we lie.
When we're fearful, we can and should find strength from friends, from family members, and from God.
So if you're afraid to tell the truth, don't be! Keep looking until you find the courage to be honest. Then, you'll discover it's not the truth that you should be afraid of; it's those troublesome, pesky lies!
DAY 8 God Is Faithful
I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
Psalm 16:8 NKJV
God is faithful. He keeps His promises to us even when we stray far from His will. He continues to love us even when we disobey His commandments. But God does not force His blessings upon us. If we are to experience His love and His grace, we must claim them for ourselves.
Are you discouraged or fearful? Be comforted: God is with you. Are you confused? Listen to the quiet voice of your Heavenly Father. Are you angry? Talk with God and seek His guidance. Are you celebrating a great victory? Thank God and praise Him. He is the Giver of all things good.
DAY 9 Friends Are a Good Thing
If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care—then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends.
Philippians 2:1-2 MSG
The Bible tells us that friendship can be a wonderful thing. That's why it's good to know how to make and to keep good friends.
If you want to make lots of friends, practice the Golden Rule with everybody you know. Be kind. Share. Say nice things. Be helpful. When you do, you'll discover that the Golden Rule isn't just a nice way to behave; it's also a great way to make and to keep friends!
DAY 10 Is the Golden Rule your Rule, Too?
Don't be selfish.... Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.
Philippians 2:3 TLB
Is the Golden Rule your rule, or is it just another Bible verse that goes in one ear and out the other? Jesus made Himself perfectly clear: He instructed you to treat other people in the same way that you want to be treated. But sometimes, especially when you're feeling pressure from friends, or when you're tired or upset, obeying the Golden Rule can seem like an impossible task—but it's not. So be kind to everybody and obey God's rule, the Golden Rule, that is.
DAY 11 The Habit of Honesty
Those who want to do right more than anything else are happy. God will fully satisfy them.
Matthew 5:6 ICB
Our lives are made up of lots and lots of habits. And the habits we choose help determine the kind of people we become. If we choose habits that are good, we are happier and healthier. If we choose habits that are bad, then it's too bad for us!
Honesty, like so many other things, is a habit. And it's a habit that is right for you.
Do you want to grow up to become the kind of woman that God intends for you to be? Then get into the habit of being honest with everybody. You'll be glad you did ... and so will God!
DAY 12 Share your Blessings
Remember this: the person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously.
2 Corinthians 9:6 HCSB
Jesus told us that we should be generous with other people, but sometimes we don't feel much like sharing. Instead of sharing the things that we have, we want to keep them all to ourselves. But God doesn't want selfishness to rule our hearts; He wants us to be generous.
Are you lucky enough to have nice things? If so, God's instructions are clear: you must share your blessings with others. And that's exactly the way it should be. After all, think how generous God has been with you.
DAY 13 White Lies?
Doing what is right brings freedom to honest people.
Proverbs 11:6 ICB
Sometimes, people convince themselves that it's okay to tell "little white lies." Sometimes people convince themselves that itsy bitsy lies aren't harmful. But there's a problem: little lies have a way of growing into big ones, and once they grow up, they cause lots of problems.
Remember that lies, no matter what size, are not part of God's plan for our lives, so tell the truth about everything. It's the right thing to do, and besides: when you always tell the truth, you don't have to try and remember what you said!
DAY 14 Obey your Teachers
And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God's will remains forever.
1 John 2:17 HCSB
It's good to obey your teachers, but before you can obey them, you must make sure you understand what your teachers are saying. So, in order to be an obedient student, you must be a student who knows how to listen.
Once you decide to be a careful listener, you'll become a better learner, too. But if you're determined to talk to other kids while your teachers are teaching, you won't learn very much.
So do yourself a favor: when you go to school or church, listen and obey. You'll be glad you did ... and your teachers will be glad, too.
DAY 15 No More Tantrums
A patient person [shows] great understanding, but a quick-tempered one promotes foolishness.
Proverbs 14:29 HCSB
Temper tantrums are so silly. And so is pouting. So, of course, is whining. When we lose our tempers, we say things that we shouldn't say, and we do things that we shouldn't do. Too bad!
The Bible tells us that it is foolish to become angry and that it is wise to remain calm. That's why we should learn to control our tempers before our tempers control us.
DAY 16 A Fruitful Friendship
I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant.
John 15:5 MSG
Whether you realize it or not, you already have a relationship with Jesus. Hopefully, it's a close relationship! Why? Because the friendship you form with Jesus will help you every day of your life ... and beyond!
You can either choose to invite Him into your heart, or you can ignore Him altogether. Welcome Him today—and while you're at it, encourage your friends and family members to do the same.
DAY 17 Going to Church
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God.
Acts 20:28 KJV
The Bible teaches that we should worship God in our hearts and in our churches. We have clear instructions to "feed the church of God" and to worship our Creator in the presence of fellow believers.
We have been blessed by God, and we should be faithful to Him. One way that we remain faithful to God is through the practice of regular, purposeful worship with our families. When we worship the Father faithfully and fervently, we are blessed.
DAY 18 Laughter Is a Gift
There is a time for everything, and everything on earth has its special season. There is a time to cry and a time to laugh. There is a time to be sad and a time to dance.
Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 NCV
Do you like to laugh? Of course you do! Laughter is a gift from God that He hopes you'll use in the right way. So here are a few things to remember:
1. God wants you to be happy. 2. Laughter is a good thing when you're laughing at the right things. 3. You should laugh with people, but you should never laugh at them.
God created laughter for a reason ... and God knows best. So do yourself a favor: laugh at the right things ... and laugh a lot!
DAY 19 Be Respectful
Show respect for all people. Love the brothers and sisters of God's family.
1 Peter 2:17 ICB
Are you polite and respectful to your parents and teachers? And do you do your best to treat everybody with the respect they deserve? If you want to obey God's rules, then you should be able to answer yes to these questions.
Remember this: the Bible teaches you to be a respectful person—and if it's right there in the Bible, it's certainly the right thing to do!
DAY 20 Slow Down!
Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness.
2 Peter 1:6 NLT
Maybe you're one of those girls who try to do everything fast, faster, or fastest! If so, maybe you sometimes do things before you think about the consequences of your actions. If that's the case, it's probably a good idea to slow down a little bit so you can think before you act. When you do, you'll soon discover the value of thinking carefully about things before you get started. And while you're at it, it's probably a good idea to think before you speak, too. After all, you'll never have to apologize for something that you didn't say.
DAY 21 The Words you Speak
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.
James 1:26 NIV
The words you speak are important. If you speak kind words, you make other people feel better. And that's exactly what you should do!
How hard is it to say a kind word? Not very! Yet sometimes we're so busy that we forget to say the very things that might make other people feel better.
Kind words help; cruel words hurt. It's as simple as that. And, when we say the right thing at the right time, we give a gift that can change somebody's day or somebody's life.
DAY 22 Trust Him
Trust the Lord with all your heart, and don't depend on your own understanding. Remember the Lord in all you do, and he will give you success.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NCV
Sometimes, things happen that we simply don't understand. But God does. And He has a reason for everything that He does.
God doesn't explain Himself in ways that we can easily comprehend. So here's what we should do: instead of trying to understanding every part of God's unfolding plan for our lives and our world, we must be satisfied to trust Him completely. We cannot know why God does things. We can, however, trust Him, and we should.
DAY 23 Everlasting Protection
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge. My shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold, my refuge, and my Savior.
2 Samuel 22:2-3 HCSB
Life isn't always easy. Far from it! Sometimes, life can be very hard indeed. But even when we're upset or hurt, we must remember that we're protected by a loving Heavenly Father.
When we're worried, God can reassure us; when we're sad, God can comfort us. When our feelings are hurt, God is not just near, He is here. We must lift our thoughts and prayers to our Father in heaven. When we do, He will answer our prayers. Why? Because He is our shepherd, and He has promised to protect us now and forever.
DAY 24 Sharing
If you have two shirts, share with the person who does not have one. If you have food, share that too.
Luke 3:11 ICB
How many times have you heard someone say, "Don't touch that; it's mine!" If you're like most of us, you've heard those words many times and you may have even said them yourself.
The Bible tells us that it's better for us to share things than it is to keep them all to ourselves. And the Bible also tells us that when we share, it's best to do so cheerfully. So be sure to share. It's the best way because it's God's way.
DAY 25 Patience and Love
I wait for the Lord; I wait, and put my hope in His word.
Psalm 130:5 HCSB
God has a perfect idea of the kind of people He wants us to become. For starters, He wants us to be loving, kind, and patient—not rude or mean!
The Bible tells us that God is love and that if we wish to know Him, we must have love in our hearts. Sometimes, of course, when we're tired, angry, or frustrated, it is very hard for us to be loving. Thankfully, anger and frustration are feelings that come and go, but God's love lasts forever.
If you'd like to become a more patient girl, talk to God in prayer, listen to what He says, and share His love with your family and friends. God is always listening, and He's ready to talk to you.
Excerpted from Sweet Dream Devos by Freeman-Smith. Copyright © 2012 Freeman-Smith. Excerpted by permission of Worthy Media, Inc..
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Posted October 14, 2014