- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Boys and girls can discover the joys of daily time with God! The One Year Book of Devotions for Boys, Volume 2 and The One Year Book of Devotions for Girls, Volume 2 blend engaging stories with brief Scripture readings and memory verses to help preteens dig in to the Word. Readers will relate to the contemporary characters dealing with real-life dilemmas, and they'll learn to apply the lessons to their own lives through the practical application sections. Indexes at the end provide additional resources for ...
Boys and girls can discover the joys of daily time with God! The One Year Book of Devotions for Boys, Volume 2 and The One Year Book of Devotions for Girls, Volume 2 blend engaging stories with brief Scripture readings and memory verses to help preteens dig in to the Word. Readers will relate to the contemporary characters dealing with real-life dilemmas, and they'll learn to apply the lessons to their own lives through the practical application sections. Indexes at the end provide additional resources for studying specific topics and verses. These books are a valuable tool for developing a lifetime of spiritual growth. Tyndale House Publishers
Presents stories for meditation, memory verses from Scripture, and questions to internalize the messages for each day of the year.
Read: 1 Corinthians 15:35-44
"Mom, I wish I could explain to little Lindsey about colors," said Maxwell with a sigh. "This afternoon I mentioned that the sky was so blue, but she couldn't understand what that meant."
"I know. Lindsey doesn't see color because she's blind," said Mom. "But her other senses seem to be more keen than ours. For one thing, she recognizes people by their footsteps or voice. We couldn't do that with very many people!"
Just then Brian burst into the kitchen. "Can I have a cookie, please?" he begged, opening the cookie jar.
"Yes, but just one," agreed Mom. "What did you learn at Bible club today, Brian?"
"About heaven," replied Brian, after swallowing a mouthful of cookie. "But I don't understand it very well."
"I don't understand it, either," said Maxwell. "I can't quite picture what we'll be doing there all the time."
Mom thought hard. "Maxwell," she said slowly, "remember how difficult-even impossible-it is for Lindsey to understand what colors are? In the same way, it's impossible for us to understand exactlywhat heaven is like. It's a completely different world, and we can't totally know what it will be like."
"What if we don't like it?" asked Brian, only half joking.
Mom smiled. "Do you think Lindsey would hesitate if she had the chance to see?"
"Of course not," said Maxwell and Brian at the same time.
"But she doesn't understand what it's like to be able to see," Mom told them.
"No, but she knows that sight is something wonderful," said Maxwell, "even though she doesn't quite understand it. She knows it's great because of what we tell her about it."
"And we know that heaven is going to be wonderful because of the things God tells us about it," replied Mom. "All our comparisons and descriptions fall far short of the glorious reality of heaven." MTF
* * *
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you ever wonder and question and argue-and even worry-about heaven and how life there will be different from your life here on earth? Although heaven will certainly be different, be assured that it will be wonderful and far better than life on earth.
HEAVEN WILL BE WONDERFUL
MEMORIZE: "Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." 1 Corinthians 13:12, NIV
Read: Joshua 24:14-16
"Want me to feed Celina today?" Miguel asked his mother.
"Sure, thanks," replied Mom, as she handed Miguel a baby spoon and jar of mashed peas.
"Open wide," Miguel said, dipping the spoon into the baby food jar and putting a spoonful of the peas into Celina's mouth. Celina spit the green peas back out. "Hey! You're supposed to eat them!" scolded Miguel. He tried to put another spoonful of peas into her mouth, but she clamped her lips shut and turned her head away.
Mom chuckled. "You can keep offering them to her, but if she won't accept them, I'm afraid you can't make her eat them." She took a jar from the cupboard and handed it to Miguel. "Here, try some carrots instead."
Miguel held out some carrots to Celina. This time Celina opened her mouth and accepted a spoonful. After that she willingly took some more. "See. They're good," said Miguel. "And they're good for you, too, aren't they, Mom?"
"Yes, they are," Mom agreed, "but babies don't realize that we know what's good for them, so they don't always want to accept what we offer."
Miguel turned to look at his mom. "Our youth pastor said we're something like that," Miguel told her. "He said God loves us and knows what's best for us, and he wants us to believe in Jesus as Savior and to serve him. But God lets us choose whether or not we want to accept him and serve him."
Mom nodded. "That's right. Just like Celina decided whether or not to accept the food you offered her, we decide whether or not to accept Jesus and receive the salvation God offers us," she said. "And after we do accept him, we have to decide whether to faithfully live for him and serve him." GJT
* * *
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? Have you decided to serve him all of your life? Or are you turning your head-and heart-away? God loves you and knows it's best for you to not only have Jesus in your life, but also to spend your life serving him. Why not "open wide"? Decide today to receive him as Savior, and then give your life in service for him.
DECIDE TO LOVE AND SERVE JESUS
MEMORIZE: "Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve." Joshua 24:15, NIV
January 3 THE BEST ANSWER
Read: Romans 8:26-28
It hadn't been a good day for Michael. Nothing seemed to be any fun since his best friend, Daniel, had moved away. "Please, dear God," prayed Michael that night, "let Daniel come back and live here again."
"I know you miss Daniel very much," commented Dad as he tucked Michael into bed, "but I don't think his family is going to move back here."
"Yes, they will," Michael said confidently. "I asked God to bring them back, and he'll answer my prayer, won't he?"
"Yes," agreed Dad. "God always answers prayer, but his answer isn't always what we want it to be." After a moment, he asked, "Do you remember the time your puppy ran out the front gate and almost got hit by a car? Why do you suppose he did that?"
"I remember," Michael said. "Kipper came out because he wanted to be where I was."
"If that was what he wanted, why didn't you let him stay outside the fence with you?" asked Dad.
"Because he wouldn't be safe there," Michael answered promptly. "Kipper doesn't know enough to stay on the sidewalk like I do."
Dad nodded. "So even though Kipper wanted to be outside the fence, you knew better," he said. "That's the way God is. His answer to our prayers sometimes has to be 'no' because he knows what's best for us."
"But why wouldn't God want Daniel to come back?" Michael asked. "That couldn't be bad for me."
"But it might not be best for Daniel's family. His father had been out of work until he found a good job in another state," replied Dad. "Instead of praying that Daniel will come back, perhaps you should be asking God to help him and his family adjust to their new home."
Slowly Michael nodded. "And I'll ask God to help me find a new best friend, too," he decided. KRA
* * *
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you think God should answer all your prayers exactly the way you want? If things don't go your way, do you think God doesn't care? That's not true. He does care, and he knows what is best for you. So even when God's answer to your prayer is "no," trust him and believe that his way is best.
ACCEPT GOD'S ANSWER
MEMORIZE: "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." Romans 8:28
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Read: 1 Timothy 5:1-44
"Hey, pass the gravy." Andrew interrupted the conversation at dinner.
Dad frowned. "Didn't you notice that your mother and I were talking?" he asked. "You interrupted us."
"Well, sor-ree," said Andrew, stressing the second syllable of the word. "But pass the gravy. I need some more."
Mom shook her head. "Whatever happened to saying 'please'?"
"Okay," replied Andrew. "Please may I have the gravy?" He rolled his eyes. "It's not like we're out in a restaurant or anything," he complained.
"Would you use better manners in a restaurant?" asked Dad.
"Well, yeah," answered Andrew, "or ... like ... if I was at somebody's house for dinner. You don't expect me to be all proper and everything around here at home, do you?"
"Actually," answered Dad, "yes, I do. You seem to think you should respect only people outside your own family-that you need to use good manners only when you're around other people. But the Bible says you are to honor your parents, and developing good manners is one way of showing honor and respect."
Andrew stared at his dad. "But ..."
"Home is also the perfect place for you to learn to do good and make right choices," added Mom. "Home is where you should be practicing the right way to do things."
"A football player practices to get in shape for the Super Bowl," said Dad, "and a figure skater practices to get in shape for the Olympics. In the same way, here at home you should practice doing things right so that in school or in the neighborhood or wherever you are, you'll be in shape to behave correctly." He paused. "Do you understand what we're saying? Do you have any questions?"
Andrew looked thoughtful. After a moment, he grinned. "Yes," he said. "May I please have some more of that delicious gravy?" BH
* * *
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Does your behavior at home show that you honor your parents? You should be polite, thoughtful, and kind wherever you are, especially at home. That will please your parents, but best of all, it will please God. And it will prepare you to be polite wherever you are.
PRACTICE GOOD MANNERS AT HOME
MEMORIZE: "Children ... should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family ... for this is pleasing to God." 1 Timothy 5:4, NIV
THE BEST COMPUTER
Read: Job 38:4-7; 41:11
Tyler stared at his dad's computer screen. "A boy in my class-Jared-says we're smarter than God," he said. "He says if we can invent computers, we can do anything. I told him we will always need God. Won't we, Dad?"
"Yes, but I'm afraid lots of people think the way Jared does," answered Dad. "Tyler, do you think this computer can give us the answer to the question you just asked?"
"Not unless somebody programmed it to answer that question," Tyler replied. "And the answer would depend on who programmed it. The computer can't think for itself."
Dad rubbed his chin. "So the computer can't be any smarter than the person who programs it?"
"Right," agreed Tyler.
"Do you know when the first computer was built?" asked Dad. Tyler shook his head. "It happened thousands of years ago," said Dad. "That first computer was built into Adam, and it was called a 'brain.' Who programmed it?"
"God did," answered Tyler.
"Right," said Dad. "Do you think the human brain could be smarter than the one who programmed it?"
"No," Tyler said.
"Right again," said Dad. "You know, Tyler, when the mechanical computer was first invented, people called it an electronic brain. They were copying God's idea. But God made it better than humans ever will. In fact, the human brain is still much more powerful than any electronic computer."
"Really?" asked Tyler. He sighed. "I can hardly remember my locker number, but this computer remembers everything."
"That's because we humans only use a very small percentage of our brain power," Dad told him.
"Why is that?" asked Tyler.
Dad looked uncertain. "I don't know. Maybe God decided we weren't responsible enough to use it all," he suggested.
Tyler grinned. "Yeah," he said. "If we did, maybe more people would get the idea that they were smarter than him." HMT
* * *
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Did you know that you own one of the most powerful computers in the world? Your brain is more wonderfully designed than anything humans can create. Nothing has been done that God hasn't thought of first. People believe they can do anything with computers, but the truth is, they can't do anything without God. He is-and always will be-the all-powerful and all-knowing God.
PEOPLE CAN'T OUTSMART GOD
MEMORIZE: "For apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5
Read: Psalm 139:1-12
Joel lay on the sofa, his bald head a circle against the white pillow. Medical treatments had caused his hair to fall out. His mother looked over at him just as a tear slid down his cheek. "What's wrong, honey?" she asked. "Not feeling so good today?"
"I'm scared," replied Joel in a trembling voice. "It seems like God has gone away. Ever since I got sick, it feels as if he isn't here at all."
"It may feel like that," Mom said, "but God promises to always be with us. It's hard sometimes to keep praying and trusting him, but we need to do that." She sat down beside Joel. "The way you feel isn't surprising, though," added Mom. "It reminds me of something that happened to me when I was little."
"Were you sick, too?" asked Joel.
Mom shook her head. "No. I was with my family on a train trip," she said. "We stopped in a city, and my daddy got off the train. I remember watching for him to come back, afraid that the train would leave without him. I was so relieved when I saw him walk past the window. But a few minutes later, we started moving, and he wasn't yet with us. I was terrified because I thought we had left him behind."
"So did you?" asked Joel.
"No, but it certainly felt like it," said Mom. "Even though my mother kept saying she knew my daddy was on the train, I couldn't quite believe her. I cried until he walked back into the car. I would have saved myself a lot of worry if I had trusted my mom's word. And God's Word is more trustworthy than any person's. We can believe it when God says he'll never leave us."
"Show me where it says that," said Joel. "I want to read it for myself." VEN
Excerpted from THE ONE YEAR DEVOTIONS FOR Boys 2 Copyright © 2002 by Children's Bible Hour. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
Posted December 21, 2010
This devotional has been a blessing to my 10 year old and our life. We really enjoy the devotions. They are very down to earth and relatable. They make you think. This devotional has been so good I am going to buy the 1st one. I hope a 3rd one will be done. My son asks for it and we try to read it every night.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.