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Overview

For ten years kids have had fun learning about Scripture with The One Year Book of Devotions for Kids series. Now "The One Year Book of Devotions for Kids, " volume 3, is available with a great new look for a new generation of readers. Each day's lesson focuses on a key theme from a Bible story. A contemporary story, application questions, a memory verse, and an action phrase combine to reinforce the theme for each day. A great way to help kids connect with God

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  • SKU: 9781414380360
  • SKU10: 1414380364
  • Title: The One Year Devotions for Kids #2
  • Publisher: Tyndale Kids
  • Release Date: Sep 18, 2012
  • Category: DEVOTIONALS
  • Subject: Religious - Christian - Devotional & Prayer
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Chapter Excerpt


Chapter One

MARCH

NATURE-IN-WAITING Read Romans 8:19-25

Henrik rushed outdoors to see why Grandpa's dog, Blackie, was barking so loudly. He found Blackie jumping higher and higher, trying to reach a squirrel up in the apple tree. "Shame on you, Blackie," said Henrik as the squirrel loudly scolded from his perch in the tree. Henrik pulled the dog away.

Henrik decided to find Grandpa. As he headed for the tool shed, he saw Smokey, the cat, hiding in the grass and staring at some birds pecking at seeds on the ground. "Get away from those birds, Smokey," warned Henrik.

Hearing his grandson's voice, Grandpa came from the shed with two rakes. "How about helping me clean up the garden?" Grandpa asked. Henrik took a rake and followed Grandpa. "I can tell an owl was up in this tree the last few nights. Here's the fur and bones from some small animal the owl had for dinner."

Henrik frowned. "Grandpa, why do some of the animals eat each other?" he asked. "It seems so cruel."

Grandpa nodded. "Well, God's Word says that nature is groaning because of sin in the world," he said. "Ever since sin came into the world in the Garden of Eden, animals have suffered right along with people."

When Grandpa and Henrik carefully raked dead sticks and leaves from the flower bed, they saw tiny green shoots peeking above the ground. Grandpa pointed. "New life," he said. "It reminds me that someday God is going to make a brand-new world where animals won't be afraid of one another or harm one another. It's going to be more wonderful than we can imagine." He grinned at Henrik and added, "God rules over nature, in spite of sin." CEY

HOW ABOUT YOU?

Do you feel sad that some animals have to kill others for food? Or that bigger animals often pick on smaller ones? A better day is coming for those who know Jesus. When you see new plants springing up, you can thank God that someday he will make all things new.

MEMORIZE:

"The wolf and lamb will feed together. The lion will eat straw like the ox." Isaiah 65:25

God Will Make a New World

(Continues.)


Excerpt


1 JANUARY


The Broken Eggshell (Read James 3:2-10)


    "I hate you, Allen!" Tom shouted. "Don't ever come in my room again! You're a thief!"

    "Whoa, there," called Grandpa, coming down the hall. "What's all this yelling about?"

    "Tom says I stole his scissors, but I didn't," Allen called from his room. "He's a liar, and he better stay out of my room, too!" Allen slammed his door.

    With a sigh, Grandpa checked into the incident. It wasn't long before he discovered Tom's scissors on the hall table. With angry words, both boys insisted the other had left them there.

    "Quiet!" ordered Grandpa. He motioned for them to follow him and headed for the kitchen, where he placed an egg and an empty teacup on the counter. "Allen, you crack this egg into the cup," said Grandpa. The boys wondered what he was getting at, but Allen obeyed. "Now," said Grandpa, "Tom, you put the egg back into the shell again, please—just the way it was."

    Tom frowned. "What do you mean?" he asked. "That's impossible, Grandpa. You can't fix a broken egg."

    "Like Humpty Dumpty, eh?" Grandpa chuckled. Then he became serious. "The point is, there's something else like Humpty Dumpty—something that can't be easily mended. I'm thinking of feelings. You boys said some ugly things to each other. Taking words back is just as impossible as mending an egg." Both boys felt bad. "Never forget how harmful words can be," cautioned Grandpa. "God says the tongue is like a fire that cannot be put out. That's how much damage words can do. Even saying you're sorry doesn't make them disappear."

    "I am sorry, though," Tom told his brother.

    "Yeah . well . me too," replied Allen. "You can come in my room, if you want." D.F.


HOW ABOUT YOU?

Are you careful about the words you speak, or do you say things before you think? Even when you say you're sorry, the other person may still remember those words you said. Ask God to help you tame your tongue.


MEMORIZE:

"Don't use bad language. Say only what is good and helpful to those you are talking to, and what will give them a blessing."Ephesians 4:29, TLB


* Think before You Speak


2 JANUARY


Afraid of the Dark (Read 2 Corinthians 4:3-6)


    Kim did her best to comfort Billy, the little boy she was baby-sitting, but he was terrified. A nightmare had awakened him, and he was sure that monsters were hiding in his room. "There's no such thing as a monster, Billy," Kim said as she sat on his bed and hugged him.

    When she tried to tuck him under the covers, he clutched at her frantically. "I want my mommy!" he choked out between sobs.

    "Listen, Billy," Kim soothed, "your mommy and daddy will be home later, but you're safe with me. I'll tell you what—why don't I leave the door open and turn on the hall light. I'll be right outside the door."

    "I want my bear," Billy whimpered.

    "All right." Kim placed the scruffy teddy in his arms. She dried his tears and then quietly left the room. "Please let him sleep," Kim prayed. And after Billy called out to her for reassurance several times, he did sleep.

    Kim was tired when Billy's parents finally came home, but she perked up when they apologized for being late and paid her overtime. The extra money meant she would be able to buy the camera she'd been wanting.

    At church the next day, a missionary showed slides of his work in India. The sound of the eerie pipe music filled the room. Kim saw people, their faces twisted by fear, offering sacrifices to cruel-looking idols. Why, she thought suddenly, they're just like Billy. They're scared of the dark—only the darkness they're afraid of is the darkness of evil. They need to know there's Someone to take care of them. They need the light of Jesus. Then something occurred to her. She had money. She could give some of it to help send them the gospel. The camera could wait for a while. A.L.


HOW ABOUT YOU?

Have you been afraid of the dark? Can you imagine how much worse it would be to be surrounded by the darkness of evil, with no knowledge that God loves you or that Jesus died for you? Think about what you can do to help send the light of the gospel to the people who live in such darkness.


MEMORIZE:

"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."Isaiah 9:2, NIV


* Reach These in Spiritual Darkness


3 JANUARY


In His Arms (Read Isaiah 40:28-31)


    Lesa tore open the door and stumbled down the hallway. "Mother! Mother!" she called. "Is it true?"

    "Settle down there, Lesa." Dad met her and put an arm around her shoulders. "What's wrong?"

    "David said his mom doesn't have a job anymore, and that all the plant workers have been laid off. It must be true—you're home, too!" exclaimed Lesa. "Daddy, if you don't have your job anymore, how will we pay Kari's doctor bills?"

    Just then, Mom came down the steps with baby Kari. Kari's eyes lit up when she saw Lesa, and she eagerly-reached out her hands. Dad let Lesa out of his bear hug so that she could take Kari. Lesa couldn't help remembering when Kari was sick and had to go to the hospital so often. She was such a quiet and dull baby then, not at all like the bright, happy baby she was now. She squeezed her little sister even tighter in her arms.

    Dad saw the tight hug Lesa gave Kari. "Lesa, whose arms are holding Kari?" he asked.

    "That's a funny question," said Lesa. "My arms are. Why did you ask that?"

    "Well," said Dad, "is she really safe in your arms? Maybe I should take her."

    Lesa looked puzzled. "But, Dad, you and Mom have taught me to be very careful with Kari. I'm in fourth grade, you know. Why don't you trust me with Kari now?"

    Dad smiled. "Actually, I do," he said. "I'll leave her with you. But think about this—you're worried because I'm out of work. I know it's a scary thought, and I'll admit that Mom and I feel a little shaky about it, too. But we decided to leave it in the arms that are holding us."

    Lesa stared blankly at her father for a minute, and then she smiled. "God's arms," she said simply. Yes, it was true. God's arms were underneath her family. He would hold them tight, no matter what happened with Dad's job. P.J.


HOW ABOUT YOU?

Are you worried about your future? Has your mom or dad been laid off or lost a job? Remember, God knew it was going to happen before you did, and he knows what to do about it. Trust him.


MEMORIZE:

"The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms."Deuteronomy 33:27, NKJV


* Rest in His Arms


4 JANUARY


Mystery Soup (Read 1 Samuel 16:6-13)


    The front door slammed, signaling that John was home from school. When he didn't burst into the kitchen as usual, Mother checked on him. "What's wrong?" she asked the glum-faced boy sitting on the sofa.

    John scowled. "I have to work on a social studies project with that new boy, Stefan," he mumbled. "You should see him. His pants are too short, his socks never match, and his hair's always a mess."

    "But what makes you think he wouldn't be a good project partner?" asked Mother.

    "I just told you," grumbled John. "If you could see him, you wouldn't ask that question."

    Just then there was a loud clunk in the kitchen. They both hurried to the kitchen, where they found John's two-year-old brother, Travis, surrounded by cans from the cupboard, many with the labels peeled off. "Oh, no," moaned Mother, looking at the mess. After thinking a moment, she said, "John, you can help me. Would you tape the labels back on these cans, please? I want them done neatly."

    "But which label goes on which can?" asked John.

    "Don't worry about that," Mother said. "Just make sure it looks nice. Then let's have one that says `Corn' for dinner."

    "But, Mom," protested John, "if you just slap the labels on any old can, the outside might not match what's inside."

    "So the outside appearance isn't really important, is it?" asked Mother. She smiled at John. "That's something I think you should remember. You've already judged Stefan because of how he looks. You've slapped a label on him without knowing what's on the inside. Find out what Stefan is like as a person—don't just judge him on his looks."

    John thought about it. "Maybe I should get to know him," he decided. "But what are you going to do about those cans?"

    Mother laughed. "I guess we'll be having mystery soup for a while." S.P.Z.


HOW ABOUT YOU?

Do you judge people by the way they look or dress? Do you label them without finding out what is inside? God doesn't judge on outward appearances, and neither should you. Try to discover what's in the heart.


MEMORIZE:

"The Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."1 Samuel 16:7, NKJV


* Don't Judge by Appearance


5 JANUARY


Battered Bears (Read 1 Timothy 5:1-4)


    As Jenny gave her battered old teddy bear a hug before setting him on her pillow, her brother, Adam, walked past her bedroom door. "Why don't you give that ratty old thing a decent burial—in the garbage can?" asked Adam, laughing at his own joke.

    "Be quiet, Adam," shouted Jenny. "You're not funny."

    Mother appeared in the doorway. "Let's go, kids," she said. Jenny made a face. They were going to visit Great-Aunt Catherine at the nursing home. Her mind was no longer alert, and the children hated visiting her.

    At the nursing home, they found Great-Aunt Catherine sorting through ancient photographs, as usual. Mother talked gently to her about the past while the children drew pictures. Jenny sketched a funny picture of her great-aunt and some of the other old folks and showed it to Adam, and they snickered together in the corner. They didn't notice Mother until she pulled the sketch from Adam's hand.

    Back home, Mother steered the children to Jenny's room. She took the teddy bear from the bed. "Jenny, you didn't like Adam making fun of your bear," she said. "I guess you still love it, even though its fur is rubbed off and one eye is missing, right?" Jenny nodded. "Well," said Mother, "I love Great-Aunt Catherine, even though she's old. She raised me after my parents died. It hurts me to see you make fun of her—just like it hurt you, Jenny, when Adam made fun of this bear."

    "I'm sorry," murmured Jenny. Both children were ashamed of their attitude that morning.

    "God commands us to honor and respect old people, even though they may have broken bodies and childlike minds," continued Mother. "They have spent their lives in service to their families and friends. Now it's our turn to be of service to them. Will you both please try to remember that?"

    Jenny and Adam nodded solemnly. Adam even gave the old teddy bear a gentle pat as he left the room. E.C.O.


HOW ABOUT YOU?

Have you ever made fun of older people? Do you get impatient with the elderly members of your church or family when they cannot move fast or when they tell the same stories over and over? Proverbs 16:31 says that gray hair is a crown of glory. Treat older people with honor and respect.


MEMORIZE:

"You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man."Leviticus 19:32, NKJV


* Respect the Elderly


6 JANUARY


Allen's Allergies (Read Psalm 34:12-16)


    "Mom, the itchy spots are back on my skin," Allen said, holding out his arms. "I have bumps on my legs, too."

    "Oh, Allen," said Mother, "your allergies are acting up again. I haven't changed the laundry detergent or any of our soaps. I can't imagine what caused this reaction, can you?"

    Allen scratched his arms as he thought. "When I was over at Bob's this morning, his mom had some stuff out to the send to the mission," he said. "Bob and I dressed up in some of his dad's old camouflage clothes. I suppose they were washed in something I'm allergic to."

    "I suspect that's it," said Mother. "Go take a shower, and then we'll get your prescription refilled."

    As Allen and his mother drove home after picking up the medicine, Allen sighed. "It's hard to remember that I need to be careful about what touches my skin," he said. "We were having so much fun that I didn't even think about it." He rubbed his arms. "My allergies remind me, though," he added. "It's too bad they don't remind me ahead of time!"

    "Isn't that the truth!" agreed Mother. She smiled at her son. "You know," she added, "dressing in those clothes was innocent fun, and it's too bad you have to avoid things like that. But you do, or you get this negative reaction. There are other things that we need to be very careful to avoid, too, even though they seem like innocent fun. We need to think about the consequences before getting involved in those things."

    "Like what?" asked Allen.

    "Well, . like watching bad TV shows, or reading dirty books, or going places where we'll be tempted to do wrong," said Mother. "Those kinds of things, like any sinful activity, will stir up a negative reaction in our lives. We need to ask the Lord to remind us to avoid things that will harm us." N.E.K.


HOW ABOUT YOU?

Are you allergic to anything—foods, bees, medicine, weeds, soap? if so, you know it's best for you to avoid those things, Sin can cause a very bad reaction in your life as well, Try to avoid sinful things so you can avoid their consequences, too,


MEMORIZE:

"Keep away from every kind of evil."1 Thessalonians 5:22, TLB


* Avoid Sinful Activity

(Continues.)

Book Excerpt

Copyright © 1993 Children's Bible Hour. All rights reserved.
ISBN: 0-8423-5087-X
Contents

Introduction
JANUARY
  1 The Broken Eggshell
  2 Afraid of the Dark
  3 In His Arms
  4 Mystery Soup
  5 Battered Bears
  6 Allen's Allergies
  7 Blind Leaders
  8 Dead Religion
  9 Plenty of Time
  10 Four Pennies nor a Dollar
  11 Something Stinks!  12 The Dusty Doll
  13 Clean Glasses
  14 Sammy Squirrel Christians
  15 Guilty
  16 A Clean Environment
  17 Ready Brakes
  18 Suffering Persecution
  19 Good Advice
  20 20/20 Vision
  21 Science Project
  22 Science Project (Part 2)
  23 Rekindled Fire
  24 Turn It On
  25 A Cover-Up Expert
  26 Antibiotics
  27 Around and Around
  28 Bless Everyone
  29 The Puppet
  30 Alicia Finds a Way
  31 The J-Bar
FEBRUARY
  1 Pray and Pray
  2 Mrs. McGinn's New Rule
  3 Junk Food
  4 Best Friend
  5 Tight Braces
  6 The Broken Doll
  7 A Real Offering
  8 The Accident
  9 The Accident (Part 2)
  10 I Said That?  11 Redeeming the Time
  12 Captivity
  13 Guilt by Association
  14 Saying Good-Bye
  15 Grandmother's Journey
  16 The U-Turn Sign
  17 Mending the Rip
  18 Fairy Tales
  19 Copy-Cats
  20 "Salty" Christians
  21 The Best Bullfrog
  22 One Very Small Thing
  23 Cereal War
  24 Survival Kit
  25 False Worshipers
  26 Jimmy Wants More
  27 Hardened Modeling Clay
  28 The Spider Bite
MARCH
  1 Foreign Words
  2 Dad's Coming Home!  3 Saturday Every Day?  4 Just like Dad
  5 False Teeth
  6 Stolen Seed
  7 Panic Messages
  8 Traffic Lights
  9 The White Cabinets
  10 Two Ordinary Shoes
  11 Cleaned Up
  12 The Silent Treatment
  13 Out of Gas
  14 Courage for Christ
  15 Sitting with Jesus
  16 Most-Loved Doll
  17 Ice Bags and Prayers
  18 The Sacrifice
  19 Spiritual Milk
  20 Moving Molecules
  21 A Home for Kitty
  22 Not My Friend
  23 Blah-Blah-Blah!  24 Ornamental Fruit
  25 Ornamental Fruit (Part 2)
  26 Trustworthy
  27 Privilege or Punishment
  28 When I Grow Up
  29 More than a Ring
  30 Someone Is Watching You
  31 Redeeming Rosie
APRIL
  1 Hard Biscuits
  2 Something Is Rotten
  3 Kellie's Party
  4 Names and Labels
  5 A New Friend
  6 Don't Miss the Ride
  7 Four Corners
  8 Accept It
  9 Save the Planet
  10 Heavenly Wages
  11 All Shook Up
  12 Peggy's Rescue
  13 Peggy's Rescue (Part 2)
  14 Always Shining
  15 Reminders
  16 The Changeable Lizard
  17 Elephant Rides
  18 The Finished Table
  19 Personal Messages
  20 The Relay Race
  21 The Relay Race (Part 2)
  22 The Growing Boy
  23 For a Good Cause
  24 Powerful Words
  25 Green Thumb
  26 Color-Blind
  27 How Many Legs on a Sheep?  28 Lavender Green
  29 Gone Fishin'
  30 It's Not Really Free
MAY
  1 Grounded
  2 The Brick House
  3 The Brick House (Part 2)
  4 The Brick House (Part 3)
  5 Wade's Secret Project
  6 Trusty
  7 Just like the Kings
  8 The Safety Pin
  9 Trapped
  10 In the Dark
  11 The Bottom Line
  12 The World's Best Baby-Sitter
  13 Jonathan's Bath
  14 A Dead Stick or a Living Tree
  15 Sweeter than Chocolate
  16 Like Grandpa
  17 Lessons from the Garden
  18 Junior Bridesmaid
  19 What Do You See?  20 The Sad Night
  21 The Memory Box
  22 Riding on Clouds
  23 Puzzle Pieces
  24 Do You Hear?  25 God's People
  26 The Needy Baby
  27 Grandma's Coming
  28 A Different Beat
  29 Cobwebs and Cables
  30 Carmel and David
  31 God's Flower Garden
JUNE
  1 A Special Poem
  2 The Woodpecker
  3 Keep Knocking
  4 Picking up the Pieces
  5 The Dirty Socks
  6 Flying Is for Birds
  7 The Bald Eagle
  8 Breakthrough
  9 Hidden Dirt
  10 Sea Lion Ears
  11 Minced Oaths
  12 The Abscessed Tooth
  13 Audible Repetitions
  14 Try It! You Might Like It!  15 Obedient Rex
  16 Baby Birds
  17 Sand Castles
  18 Big Sister
  19 Scars to Remember
  20 Adjustments
  21 What's in the Well
  22 Run
  23 Fresh Air
  24 A Torn Sail
  25 Catch Me, Daddy!  26 Press On
  27 A Bit of Beauty
  28 A Very Special Day
  29 Building Bridges
  30 Firmly in Place
JULY
  1 Blind Bats
  2 No More Dust
  3 The Beautiful Apple
  4 A Reason to Celebrate
  5 Proper Care
  6 It Takes Two
  7 The Prison Breakout
  8 In God's Care
  9 The Christian Bouquet
  10 TLC For Tippy
  11 Night Vision
  12 An Unkind Prank
  13 Baseball
  14 Baseball (Part 2)
  15 The Sleeping Flamingo
  16 Sandspurs
  17 Different Weather
  18 Eric's Echo
  19 God's Helping Hands
  20 Adopted by God
  21 Two Different Directions
  22 Fuzzy No More
  23 Soap Bubbles
  24 Redemption Policy
  25 Transplanted for Strength
  26 Randy's Giant
  27 The Filter System
  28 The New Neighbor
  29 Paper Grandpa
  30 Swimming Upstream
  31 The Auction
AUGUST
  1 Old Unreliable
  2 Flying Lessons
  3 Harvest Time
  4 Learning to Forgive
  5 God's Helper
  6 Following Instructions
  7 A Growing Boy
  8 What Color?  9 The Book Pass
  10 Spooked
  11 The Full Cup
  12 Batting Champion
  13 The Pesky Kitten
  14 Come into My Parlor
  15 Busy Signal
  16 Reserved Seats
  17 The Form Letter
  18 Caught in the Current
  19 Made to Last
  20 The Kite
  21 "Burry" Interesting
  22 The Ant Farm
  23 The Homing Pigeon
  24 A Hole in the Roof
  25 Fish Ears
  26 Open Your Mouth!  27 The Smoking Wick
  28 Am I Lost?  29 Chameleon Christians
  30 Eagles
  31 The Sunflower Dilemma
SEPTEMBER
  1 Special Delivery
  2 Go for the Gold
  3 Quick as a Bunny
  4 Hitting the Mark
  5 No More Weights
  6 Disobedient Duke
  7 Things to Remember
  8 Camouflage
  9 The Spark Plug
  10 Granny's Helper
  11 The Nail and the Toothpick
  12 Dynamite
  13 Chad's X Ray
  14 Storing Up Wisdom
  15 A Big Friend
  16 Alternate Life-styles
  17 Darkness and Light
  18 Making Biscuits
  19 Hilary Agrees
  20 Gretchen's Gift
  21 Sun Catchers
  22 Current Issues
  23 The Discontented Puppy
  24 Paul Revere
  25 The Birthday Gift
  26 The Right Fight
  27 Big Deal?  28 The "Borrowed" Book
  29 An Important Test
  30 Robins on the Net
OCTOBER
  1 A Heavy Load
  2 Mount Trashmore
  3 Essential Attire
  4 A Gift for Mrs. Morgan
  5 The Right Source
  6 Old and Wrinkled
  7 Every Other Weekend
  8 Robert's Robot
  9 Two Mirrors
  10 Laura's Accent
  11 Instant Replay
  12 A Guilty Secret
  13 Tina's Pity Puddle
  14 God's Jewels
  15 God's Jewels (Part 2)
  16 God's Jewels (Part 3)
  17 The Dimmer Switch
  18 Beautiful Feet
  19 Christy and the Spiders
  20 Good Listener
  21 Poor Ricky!  22 The Broken Promise
  23 Computer Printout
  24 Merging Traffic
  25 The Way Home
  26 A Bigger Tree for Travis
  27 An Hour Early
  28 9-1-1
  29 Switch Channels
  30 Balancing Act
  31 Light in the Darkness
NOVEMBER
  1 Helpful Light
  2 Broken Beads
  3 Memory Quilt
  4 The Box of Paints
  5 The Best Team
  6 The Flower Kit
  7 Words and Actions
  8 Temper Tantrums
  9 Hamburger for Babies?  10 Double Topping
  11 The Soldier's Story
  12 A Puppy for Lisa
  13 The Shark's Bite
  14 The Want List
  15 Stair Steps
  16 Basketball Blues
  17 The Fastest Balloon
  18 The Blank Page
  19 The Measuring Stick
  20 The Oyster and the Pearl
  21 Deleting Mrs. Trembley
  22 Vera's Sadness
  23 Super Glue
  24 Missing Guests!  25 Songs of Thanksgiving
  26 A Little Syrup
  27 A Way to Visit
  28 The Coach's Voice
  29 The God of Ninevah
  30 The God of Ninevah (Part 2)
DECEMBER
  1 On Earth, Peace
  2 Beware of Little Foxes
  3 Special House, Special Person
  4 A Wonderful Gift
  5 Too Big a Bite
  6 No Sissy
  7 Dial-A-Fortune
  8 The Worrywart Hamster
  9 Popcorn Tongue
  10 Inside-Out Times
  11 Enough Love
  12 The "Who Cares" Attitude
  13 Poinsettia Bouquets
  14 Pearl Diving
  15 Words and Actions
  16 Blanket of Peace
  17 Daddy's Girl
  18 "Old Fogey"
  19 The Dual Thermometer
  20 Two Kinds of Kernels
  21 The Clean Slate
  22 Whose Fault?  23 Not Dummies
  24 A Christmas Tradition
  25 Candy Cane
  26 The Silly Monkey
  27 Daily Bread
  28 All One Team
  29 Hot Cookies and Ski Trips
  30 Bumper Stickers
  31 Something Inside
Index of Topics
Index of Scripture Readings
Index of Memory Verses


Excerpt


1 JANUARY


The Broken Eggshell (Read James 3:2-10)


    "I hate you, Allen!" Tom shouted. "Don't ever come in my room again! You're a thief!"

    "Whoa, there," called Grandpa, coming down the hall. "What's all this yelling about?"

    "Tom says I stole his scissors, but I didn't," Allen called from his room. "He's a liar, and he better stay out of my room, too!" Allen slammed his door.

    With a sigh, Grandpa checked into the incident. It wasn't long before he discovered Tom's scissors on the hall table. With angry words, both boys insisted the other had left them there.

    "Quiet!" ordered Grandpa. He motioned for them to follow him and headed for the kitchen, where he placed an egg and an empty teacup on the counter. "Allen, you crack this egg into the cup," said Grandpa. The boys wondered what he was getting at, but Allen obeyed. "Now," said Grandpa, "Tom, you put the egg back into the shell again, please—just the way it was."

    Tom frowned. "What do you mean?" he asked. "That's impossible, Grandpa. You can't fix a broken egg."

    "Like Humpty Dumpty, eh?" Grandpa chuckled. Then he became serious. "The point is, there's something else like Humpty Dumpty—something that can't be easily mended. I'm thinking of feelings. You boys said some ugly things to each other. Taking words back is just as impossible as mending an egg." Both boys felt bad. "Never forget how harmful words can be," cautioned Grandpa. "God says the tongue is like a fire that cannot be put out. That's how much damage words can do. Even saying you're sorry doesn't make them disappear."

    "I am sorry, though," Tom told his brother.

    "Yeah . well . me too," replied Allen. "You can come in my room, if you want." D.F.


HOW ABOUT YOU?

Are you careful about the words you speak, or do you say things before you think? Even when you say you're sorry, the other person may still remember those words you said. Ask God to help you tame your tongue.


MEMORIZE:

"Don't use bad language. Say only what is good and helpful to those you are talking to, and what will give them a blessing."Ephesians 4:29, TLB


* Think before You Speak


2 JANUARY


Afraid of the Dark (Read 2 Corinthians 4:3-6)


    Kim did her best to comfort Billy, the little boy she was baby-sitting, but he was terrified. A nightmare had awakened him, and he was sure that monsters were hiding in his room. "There's no such thing as a monster, Billy," Kim said as she sat on his bed and hugged him.

    When she tried to tuck him under the covers, he clutched at her frantically. "I want my mommy!" he choked out between sobs.

    "Listen, Billy," Kim soothed, "your mommy and daddy will be home later, but you're safe with me. I'll tell you what—why don't I leave the door open and turn on the hall light. I'll be right outside the door."

    "I want my bear," Billy whimpered.

    "All right." Kim placed the scruffy teddy in his arms. She dried his tears and then quietly left the room. "Please let him sleep," Kim prayed. And after Billy called out to her for reassurance several times, he did sleep.

    Kim was tired when Billy's parents finally came home, but she perked up when they apologized for being late and paid her overtime. The extra money meant she would be able to buy the camera she'd been wanting.

    At church the next day, a missionary showed slides of his work in India. The sound of the eerie pipe music filled the room. Kim saw people, their faces twisted by fear, offering sacrifices to cruel-looking idols. Why, she thought suddenly, they're just like Billy. They're scared of the dark—only the darkness they're afraid of is the darkness of evil. They need to know there's Someone to take care of them. They need the light of Jesus. Then something occurred to her. She had money. She could give some of it to help send them the gospel. The camera could wait for a while. A.L.


HOW ABOUT YOU?

Have you been afraid of the dark? Can you imagine how much worse it would be to be surrounded by the darkness of evil, with no knowledge that God loves you or that Jesus died for you? Think about what you can do to help send the light of the gospel to the people who live in such darkness.


MEMORIZE:

"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."Isaiah 9:2, NIV


* Reach These in Spiritual Darkness


3 JANUARY


In His Arms (Read Isaiah 40:28-31)


    Lesa tore open the door and stumbled down the hallway. "Mother! Mother!" she called. "Is it true?"

    "Settle down there, Lesa." Dad met her and put an arm around her shoulders. "What's wrong?"

    "David said his mom doesn't have a job anymore, and that all the plant workers have been laid off. It must be true—you're home, too!" exclaimed Lesa. "Daddy, if you don't have your job anymore, how will we pay Kari's doctor bills?"

    Just then, Mom came down the steps with baby Kari. Kari's eyes lit up when she saw Lesa, and she eagerly-reached out her hands. Dad let Lesa out of his bear hug so that she could take Kari. Lesa couldn't help remembering when Kari was sick and had to go to the hospital so often. She was such a quiet and dull baby then, not at all like the bright, happy baby she was now. She squeezed her little sister even tighter in her arms.

    Dad saw the tight hug Lesa gave Kari. "Lesa, whose arms are holding Kari?" he asked.

    "That's a funny question," said Lesa. "My arms are. Why did you ask that?"

    "Well," said Dad, "is she really safe in your arms? Maybe I should take her."

    Lesa looked puzzled. "But, Dad, you and Mom have taught me to be very careful with Kari. I'm in fourth grade, you know. Why don't you trust me with Kari now?"

    Dad smiled. "Actually, I do," he said. "I'll leave her with you. But think about this—you're worried because I'm out of work. I know it's a scary thought, and I'll admit that Mom and I feel a little shaky about it, too. But we decided to leave it in the arms that are holding us."

    Lesa stared blankly at her father for a minute, and then she smiled. "God's arms," she said simply. Yes, it was true. God's arms were underneath her family. He would hold them tight, no matter what happened with Dad's job. P.J.


HOW ABOUT YOU?

Are you worried about your future? Has your mom or dad been laid off or lost a job? Remember, God knew it was going to happen before you did, and he knows what to do about it. Trust him.


MEMORIZE:

"The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms."Deuteronomy 33:27, NKJV


* Rest in His Arms


4 JANUARY


Mystery Soup (Read 1 Samuel 16:6-13)


    The front door slammed, signaling that John was home from school. When he didn't burst into the kitchen as usual, Mother checked on him. "What's wrong?" she asked the glum-faced boy sitting on the sofa.

    John scowled. "I have to work on a social studies project with that new boy, Stefan," he mumbled. "You should see him. His pants are too short, his socks never match, and his hair's always a mess."

    "But what makes you think he wouldn't be a good project partner?" asked Mother.

    "I just told you," grumbled John. "If you could see him, you wouldn't ask that question."

    Just then there was a loud clunk in the kitchen. They both hurried to the kitchen, where they found John's two-year-old brother, Travis, surrounded by cans from the cupboard, many with the labels peeled off. "Oh, no," moaned Mother, looking at the mess. After thinking a moment, she said, "John, you can help me. Would you tape the labels back on these cans, please? I want them done neatly."

    "But which label goes on which can?" asked John.

    "Don't worry about that," Mother said. "Just make sure it looks nice. Then let's have one that says `Corn' for dinner."

    "But, Mom," protested John, "if you just slap the labels on any old can, the outside might not match what's inside."

    "So the outside appearance isn't really important, is it?" asked Mother. She smiled at John. "That's something I think you should remember. You've already judged Stefan because of how he looks. You've slapped a label on him without knowing what's on the inside. Find out what Stefan is like as a person—don't just judge him on his looks."

    John thought about it. "Maybe I should get to know him," he decided. "But what are you going to do about those cans?"

    Mother laughed. "I guess we'll be having mystery soup for a while." S.P.Z.


HOW ABOUT YOU?

Do you judge people by the way they look or dress? Do you label them without finding out what is inside? God doesn't judge on outward appearances, and neither should you. Try to discover what's in the heart.


MEMORIZE:

"The Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."1 Samuel 16:7, NKJV


* Don't Judge by Appearance


5 JANUARY


Battered Bears (Read 1 Timothy 5:1-4)


    As Jenny gave her battered old teddy bear a hug before setting him on her pillow, her brother, Adam, walked past her bedroom door. "Why don't you give that ratty old thing a decent burial—in the garbage can?" asked Adam, laughing at his own joke.

    "Be quiet, Adam," shouted Jenny. "You're not funny."

    Mother appeared in the doorway. "Let's go, kids," she said. Jenny made a face. They were going to visit Great-Aunt Catherine at the nursing home. Her mind was no longer alert, and the children hated visiting her.

    At the nursing home, they found Great-Aunt Catherine sorting through ancient photographs, as usual. Mother talked gently to her about the past while the children drew pictures. Jenny sketched a funny picture of her great-aunt and some of the other old folks and showed it to Adam, and they snickered together in the corner. They didn't notice Mother until she pulled the sketch from Adam's hand.

    Back home, Mother steered the children to Jenny's room. She took the teddy bear from the bed. "Jenny, you didn't like Adam making fun of your bear," she said. "I guess you still love it, even though its fur is rubbed off and one eye is missing, right?" Jenny nodded. "Well," said Mother, "I love Great-Aunt Catherine, even though she's old. She raised me after my parents died. It hurts me to see you make fun of her—just like it hurt you, Jenny, when Adam made fun of this bear."

    "I'm sorry," murmured Jenny. Both children were ashamed of their attitude that morning.

    "God commands us to honor and respect old people, even though they may have broken bodies and childlike minds," continued Mother. "They have spent their lives in service to their families and friends. Now it's our turn to be of service to them. Will you both please try to remember that?"

    Jenny and Adam nodded solemnly. Adam even gave the old teddy bear a gentle pat as he left the room. E.C.O.


HOW ABOUT YOU?

Have you ever made fun of older people? Do you get impatient with the elderly members of your church or family when they cannot move fast or when they tell the same stories over and over? Proverbs 16:31 says that gray hair is a crown of glory. Treat older people with honor and respect.


MEMORIZE:

"You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man."Leviticus 19:32, NKJV


* Respect the Elderly


6 JANUARY


Allen's Allergies (Read Psalm 34:12-16)


    "Mom, the itchy spots are back on my skin," Allen said, holding out his arms. "I have bumps on my legs, too."

    "Oh, Allen," said Mother, "your allergies are acting up again. I haven't changed the laundry detergent or any of our soaps. I can't imagine what caused this reaction, can you?"

    Allen scratched his arms as he thought. "When I was over at Bob's this morning, his mom had some stuff out to the send to the mission," he said. "Bob and I dressed up in some of his dad's old camouflage clothes. I suppose they were washed in something I'm allergic to."

    "I suspect that's it," said Mother. "Go take a shower, and then we'll get your prescription refilled."

    As Allen and his mother drove home after picking up the medicine, Allen sighed. "It's hard to remember that I need to be careful about what touches my skin," he said. "We were having so much fun that I didn't even think about it." He rubbed his arms. "My allergies remind me, though," he added. "It's too bad they don't remind me ahead of time!"

    "Isn't that the truth!" agreed Mother. She smiled at her son. "You know," she added, "dressing in those clothes was innocent fun, and it's too bad you have to avoid things like that. But you do, or you get this negative reaction. There are other things that we need to be very careful to avoid, too, even though they seem like innocent fun. We need to think about the consequences before getting involved in those things."

    "Like what?" asked Allen.

    "Well, . like watching bad TV shows, or reading dirty books, or going places where we'll be tempted to do wrong," said Mother. "Those kinds of things, like any sinful activity, will stir up a negative reaction in our lives. We need to ask the Lord to remind us to avoid things that will harm us." N.E.K.


HOW ABOUT YOU?

Are you allergic to anything—foods, bees, medicine, weeds, soap? if so, you know it's best for you to avoid those things, Sin can cause a very bad reaction in your life as well, Try to avoid sinful things so you can avoid their consequences, too,


MEMORIZE:

"Keep away from every kind of evil."1 Thessalonians 5:22, TLB


* Avoid Sinful Activity

(Continues.)

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