Hope for Each Day: 365 Devotions for Kids

Hope for Each Day: 365 Devotions for Kids

by Billy Graham

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ISBN-13: 9780718086176
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 100,230
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Billy Graham, world-renowned preacher, evangelist, and author, delivered the gospel message to more people face-to-face than anyone in history and ministered on every continent of the world in more than 185 countries. Millions have read his inspirational classics, including Angels, Peace with God, The Holy Spirit, Hope for the Troubled Heart, How to Be Born Again, The Journey, Nearing Home, and The Reason for My Hope.

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Hope for Each Day

365 Devotions for Kids


By Billy Graham

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2017 Billy Graham
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8960-3


CHAPTER 1

JANUARY

May the God of hope fill you with all joy.

ROMANS 15:13


JANUARY 1

IN TUNE WITH THE MASTER


You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.

PSALM 32:7


Do you like to listen to music? When singers sing the right notes and stay in tune, it is very beautiful. But when a singer does not sing the right notes, his voice does not blend with the others, and it doesn't sound very good. All the singers have to follow the notes assigned to them in the music and sing in tune for the music to sound as good as possible.

When we don't follow God's ways for our lives, we get out of tune — out of harmony with others and with God. It doesn't sound good to anyone. We hear words of anger, or selfishness, or unhappiness. But if we follow God's way — like the singers who follow their notes — our lives will be much happier, and we will find ourselves surrounded by His beautiful music.

As this new year begins, ask God to help you tune your life every day to His Word, the Bible, so you can bring harmony and joy to those around you.


JANUARY 2

THE SUN STILL SHINES


They looked ... and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.

EXODUS 16:10


Everyone loves a sunny day, but we need cloudy days too. Without clouds there would be no rain to help plants grow. And without rain there would be no water. But after the rain, there is a beautiful rainbow and a bright sunny sky.

Sometimes we feel sad on cloudy days. But above the clouds the sky is blue and the sun is shining!

Problems can be like clouds. When trouble comes, we get worried. We forget that just as the sun is still shining above the clouds, God is still with us when we face problems. And He can turn our problems into blessings! When God led His people out of Egypt and through the wilderness, He led them by a cloud!

Sometimes our problems are small like white, fluffy clouds. Sometimes they are big and scary like big thunderstorm clouds. When you are worried or afraid, ask Jesus to help you. On happy, sunny days and on cloudy, worried days, God is right there with you, holding your hand and keeping you safe with Him.


JANUARY 3

HOW TO BE HAPPY


With You is the fountain of life.

PSALM 36:9


What makes you happy — winning a game? Getting a good grade? Riding a roller coaster?

We all feel happy when good things happen. But can we be happy even when bad things happen?

Peace is a special kind of happiness. Jesus promised peace to everyone who trusts and follows Him: "The water I give will become a spring of water flowing inside. ... It will give [you] eternal life. ... My peace I give you" (John 4:14, 14:27 ICB). Jesus' peace is like a natural spring — underground water that comes up through an opening in the earth.

Near my home is a spring that never stops flowing, no matter the weather. That is just like Jesus' peace. We can feel the peace Jesus gives us even when bad things happen.

So when you face a problem, remember to tell Jesus all about it and ask Him for His peace.


JANUARY 4

THE PROMISE IS OURS


"I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

MATTHEW 28:20


David Livingstone was a missionary and explorer in Africa. There were many adventures, but it was also very hard. After sixteen long years David returned to his home in Scotland for a visit. He was skinny and weak because he had been sick so often. His left arm had been mangled by a lion and hung useless at his side.

Speaking to university students, Livingstone said, "Shall I tell you what kept me going during the hard and lonely times? It was Jesus' promise, 'I am with you always, even to the end of the age.'"

That promise is ours too! No matter where we go — from our home to a faraway place like Africa — Jesus never leaves us. He is with us on our most exciting adventures and in our hardest days. Isn't it good to know that we have a God who loves us so much He never leaves us all on our own?


JANUARY 5

HERE TO HELP


Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

ROMANS 8:35


At the empty tomb after Jesus' resurrection, women heard an angel say that Jesus was alive. And as they ran to tell His disciples the news, Jesus came to them and said, "Don't be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go on to Galilee. They will see me there" (Matthew 28:10 ICB). Jerusalem was a dangerous place for Jesus' followers, but Jesus said, "Don't be afraid."

Jesus still comes to all who love Him and says, "Don't be afraid."

He comes when you are sick. He comes when you fail a test or when you are cut from the team. He comes when scary things happen or when people are mean to you. And He says, "Don't be afraid. I'm alive, and I'm here to help you. The cross shows the depth of My love, and the resurrection shows the depth of My power. Nothing can ever separate you from Me!"


JANUARY 6

MANY MANSIONS


"In My Father's house are many mansions.... I go to prepare a place for you."

JOHN 14:2


There was once a little boy who was riding alone on a train, and the scenery was not too interesting. A woman sitting beside him asked, "Are you tired of the long ride?"

The boy smiled and said, "I'm a little tired, but I don't mind it much. You see, my father is going to meet me when I get there."

Just like that boy looked forward to having his father meet him at his destination, Christians look forward to having Jesus meet us when we arrive at our destination — Heaven! Jesus said, "I go to prepare a place for you."

You are young and have many wonderful years of life ahead of you. You have so many things to look forward to! But someday you will be old, and your life on earth will end.

Knowing that Jesus will meet us at the end of our life's journey takes any worry away. Paul wrote, "Therefore we do not lose heart. ... For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:16, 18). Our problems shrink when we remember we will be with Jesus forever!


JANUARY 7

BE THANKFUL


I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.

PHILIPPIANS 4:12 NIV


Some years ago I visited a man who was wealthy and successful. But as we talked, he broke down in tears. He confessed that while he looked happy on the outside, he was actually unhappy and miserable.

A few hours later I visited another man who lived only a few miles away. His cottage was humble, and he had very little. He told me about the work he was doing for Jesus and how Jesus filled his life with meaning and purpose. All over the world, when people learn about Jesus, they are so happy it is like their faces shine.

I went away convinced that the second man was really the rich man. Although he owned very little, he had learned to be thankful for everything God had given him. Being thankful makes all the difference.


JANUARY 8

GOD'S ERASER


"I — yes, I alone — will blot out your sins for my own sake."

ISAIAH 43:25 NLT


If you are solving a math problem and you write down the wrong answer, what do you do? You get an eraser, remove the error, and start over, right? By erasing what you did wrong, it allows you to do the math problem again and do it correctly. That is how it is with God when we sin. God says, "I — yes, I alone — will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again" (Isaiah 43:25 NLT). God is willing to erase our sins and never call them to mind again! It is like He has an eraser that takes away the bad things we did (our sins) and allows us to start over fresh and clean. This is wonderful news, and it applies to all people, everywhere — including you.

Have you received God's gift of forgiveness? If you have, thank Him for it — and if not, by faith invite Jesus into your life today.


JANUARY 9

BEAUTIFUL HANDS


He purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son.

EPHESIANS 1:7 NLT


A loving mother saved her baby girl from a burning house but badly burned her own hands. When the girl grew older, not knowing how her mother got those burns, she was ashamed of the ugly scars on her mother's hands and sometimes asked her to hide them.

But one day the daughter asked her mother, "What happened to your hands?" and her mother told her the story for the first time. The daughter cried tears of thanks and said, "Oh, Mama, those are beautiful hands, the most beautiful in the world. Don't ever hide them again!"

Jesus' scars and His death on the cross may seem ugly until we understand their importance. Because His blood rescued us from sin, Jesus' nail-pierced hands are beautiful beyond measure. They tell us of His love and His willingness to save us no matter the cost.


JANUARY 10

WHAT TO DO FIRST


"Seek first the kingdom of God."

MATTHEW 6:33


Have you ever watched a dog run in a circle, chasing its tail? Puppies do this a lot, but older dogs do it too. Sometimes it's just for fun and makes us laugh, but other times these dogs feel anxious. They're running in circles because they are afraid and don't know what to do.

People often think the way to be happy is to run around trying to find all the things that make them happy. But that is not the best way! True happiness comes a different way. Jesus told His disciples, "The thing you should want most is God's kingdom and doing what God wants. Then all these other things you need will be given to you" (Matthew 6:33 ICB). The "other things" He spoke of are the basic needs of life, like food, clothes, and a place to live. Jesus told us not to chase happiness, always running after what we want and what we need, but to "seek ... the kingdom" first instead.

That, if we will accept it, is the secret of happiness: "Seek first the kingdom of God." How do we do this? By following King Jesus every day of our lives! This is the path of true happiness.


JANUARY 11

SHINE YOUR LIGHT


"You are the light of the world."

MATTHEW 5:14


Have you ever seen a flash mob? At a mall or in a big park, people come out of the crowd one by one to join in a dance or a song. The event has been planned ahead of time, but it doesn't look planned. At first the other shoppers or park visitors don't realize what's happening. But as the flash mob gets bigger, they can't help but notice!

Jesus said, "You should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do. Live so that they will praise your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16 ICB). When we live like people who love Jesus, our little light can turn into a flame, lighting up the room when we live for Jesus. People see us living for Jesus, and they want to live for Him too.

So be that one light in the darkness! Live for Jesus — by the life you live and the words you speak.


JANUARY 12

JUST LIKE JESUS


We are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ.

1 JOHN 5:20


In the novel In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon, a pastor challenges the people in his church. He asks them to promise for one year not to do anything without first asking the question, "What would Jesus do?"

That's a very good question to ask ourselves every day! Whatever is happening, Jesus knows what to do.

In the book, the pastor's challenge began after a poorly dressed man, whose wife had died, walked into a wealthy church and spoke to the congregation. He said, "I heard some people singing at a church prayer meeting the other night: 'All for Jesus! All for Jesus! All my being's ransomed powers; all my thoughts and words and doings, all my days and all my hours.'" The man continued, "I kept wondering as I sat on the steps outside just what they meant by it. It seems to me there's an awful lot of trouble in the world that somehow wouldn't exist if all the people who sing such songs went and lived them out."

If someone said those words to us, how would we respond? Do we live our lives with the thought What would Jesus do? and put it into practice every day?


JANUARY 13

GOD'S BLESSINGS


Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.

JAMES 1:17


In the Lord's Prayer are these familiar words: "Give us this day our daily bread" (Matthew 6:11). They remind us that we depend on God for everything, even what we eat each day. God is the Giver of every blessing: "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights" (James 1:17).

You might wonder, Why should I pray for my daily bread? My parents give me everything I need. But listen: If it weren't for God's love and grace, we wouldn't have anything. We all need to pray this prayer every day, because we all need to be reminded to trust God in everything.

This prayer reminds us also of Jesus' words, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger" (John 6:35). Thank God for all His gifts — especially Christ, the greatest Gift of all.


JANUARY 14

JESUS IS THE CURE


If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.

2 CORINTHIANS 5:17


Before the first antibiotic, penicillin, was developed, diseases like pneumonia, strep throat, scarlet fever, and even tonsillitis frequently killed people. But with the use of penicillin, those diseases and many others could be treated and cured.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could also find a medicine to treat and cure all the problems we experience? Do you ever feel jealous or want your own way? Yes, we all do. Do you ever get angry and argue with others? Do you ever say hurtful things you don't mean? Suppose a cure could be found for these and all other problems.

The most thrilling news in the world is that there is a cure! God has provided the medicine — and that "medicine" is Jesus. Through Him our sins can be forgiven, and by His Holy Spirit within us our lives can be changed, made new, and made better.

This cure was provided two thousand years ago by Jesus' death and resurrection for us. We can have peace that doesn't depend on what is happening around us. Is He working daily in your life, changing you and making you more like Him?


JANUARY 15

LOOKING FOR LASTING JOY


May the God of hope fill you with all joy.

ROMANS 15:13


Did you ever get something you had wanted for a long time and thought would make you happy? Maybe it was a new outfit, a game, concert tickets, or a skateboard. How long did your happiness last? How long was it before there was something else you wanted and thought would make you happy? I saw a bumper sticker that said it this way: "All I want is a little more than I have now."

We often think that things or events can make us happy, and they often do — for a while. But they can never bring lasting happiness. You can be truly happy, though, when you discover where happiness begins. Try putting Jesus first in your life. Obey Him and help other people, thinking more of their needs than your own. You will discover that Jesus alone is the Source of as much happiness and joy as you can possibly hold.


JANUARY 16

ENJOYING GOD'S PRESENCE


In Your presence is fullness of joy.

PSALM 16:11


When a bride walks down the aisle on her father's arm, everyone at the wedding is looking at her. But she and her groom, who's waiting at the front of the church, are looking only at each other. Their smiles and their sparkling eyes say, "I love you!" They are filled with joy at being with the one they love.

Even though we can't see God, He is with us, and being with Him brings us great joy. We feel it when we listen to Him speak in His Word, when we read the Bible, and when we pray. But it also happens as we simply enjoy knowing God — as we think about His goodness, delight in the beautiful world He created, or rejoice in the surprise of an unexpected blessing.

The Bible says, "Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10). Someday we will be with God forever. But in the meantime, enjoy His love and goodness now, for He is with you every hour of the day.


JANUARY 17

HEAVEN, THE HAPPIEST PLACE


You have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.

HEBREWS 10:34


Where is the happiest place on earth? It is somewhere you feel happy and understood and loved. It might be in your home, or with your friends, or even at Disneyland. But do you know where the happiest place not on earth is? If you said "Heaven," you were right.

Some people think Heaven will be dull and boring, but that's not true! Jesus Himself will be there! And our home in Heaven will be a happy home because there will be joyful work to do. The apostle John wrote in Revelation 22:3, "His servants shall serve Him." This means we will be given exactly the tasks that fit our interests and abilities. It will be a great privilege to serve Jesus in His heavenly home!

Have you ever been to a new school or church and felt lonely or strange? Then if you saw a familiar face, didn't you feel so much better? In Heaven we will never feel lonely or strange, because we will be surrounded by our friends and family, the family of God. Heaven is the place where we will be most loved.


JANUARY 18

GOD IS WITH US


"I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

MATTHEW 28:20 NIV


If your house catches fire or someone needs an ambulance, what do you do? You call 911! Almost anywhere in the United States and Canada, calling 911 connects you to an emergency dispatch center. The dispatcher sees where the call is coming from and sends help to that location right away — day or night.


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It's the perfect size for kids! One thing I really like about this devotional is that each day’s devotion corresponds with the theme and Scripture of the adult devotional, making it easy for families to share devotional time together. As a busy mom of four it's not always easy to fit in devotional time so being able to include my kids is definitely the way to go. We now all start our day out with our devotionals and to be honest it's the best way to start out the day. I love the layout of this devotional and can honestly see the positive impact it's had on my family. Hope for Each Day: 365 Devotions for Kids by Billy Graham is the perfect way to daily guide your child in understanding the truth of Scripture and trusting God’s great love! Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.