Devotionals by Dr. James Dobson

Wonders to Remember

Many, O Lord, my God, are the wonders you have done.
Psalm 40:5

Abby surveyed her house and shuddered. Toys were strewn across the floor; dishes were stacked high in the sink and on the kitchen counter; piles of laundry were everywhere. She sighed and asked herself,  Why exactly did I decide to be a mother?

Suddenly her three-year-old, Kyle, dashed in from the backyard and grabbed her hand. “Mama, come see! Come see!” Obediently, Abby stumbled after her excited son. They reached a brick walkway, where Kyle proudly pointed to a green and yellow caterpillar. Together, mother and son squatted down for a closer look. Abby marveled at the caterpillar’s fine black stripes and wiggly antennae. She turned to let the sun’s rays bathe her shoulders in warmth and spotted the delicate strands of an intricate spiderweb still under construction in her camellia bush. She pointed out the web to her son. “Wow,” he whispered. Side by side they watched the spider complete the beautiful design.  Thank You, God,  Abby breathed.  Now I remember why.

It’s easy to let the burden of parenthood steal our appreciation for God’s amazing creation. Yet Scripture says that “He has caused his wonders to be remembered” (Psalm 111:4). We will remember—and discover a more spiritual perspective on the mundane side of life—if we only take the time to look. Sometimes our kids will be the ones to lead us there.

Before you say good night…

  • How often do you and your family stop to admire God’s creation?
  • How does it change your perspective—and that of your kids—when you do?

Awesome God, we can barely comprehend the splendors You have created for our enjoyment. Thank You for incredible blessings and for the ability to appreciate them. Let our family always remember Your amazing wonders. Amen.

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This devotional is taken from Night Light for Parents. Copyright  © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.  Used with permission.

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Dr. James Dobson:

James Dobson is the host of Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk. He is also the founder of Focus on the Family, where he served for more than 30 years.

A licensed psychologist and marriage, family, and child counselor, he was an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California for 14 years. He invested 17 years on the attending staff of Children's Hospital Los Angeles in the Division of Child Development and Medical Genetics.

Earning a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, he's authored more than 30 books, including his most recent bestseller, Bringing Up Girls. Dr. Dobson has also been heavily involved in governmental activities related to the family. He was elected in 2008 to the National Radio Hall of Fame.

Dr. Dobson is married to Shirley, the father of two grown children, Danae and Ryan, and the grandfather of Lincoln and Luci.


Dr. Meg Meeker:
Dr. Meg is a pediatrician, who has practiced pediatric and adolescent medicine for 25 years. She is the author of six books including the best-selling Strong Fathers/Strong Daughters: Ten Secrets Every Father Should Know, and its companions Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: The 30 Day Challenge and Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, 8 part DVD Small Group Study and WorkbookBoys Should Be BoysYour Kids At Risk, and The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose and Sanity. She is a popular speaker on pediatric health issues and child-parent relationships. Dr. Meeker has the heart of a mother and the wisdom of a pediatrician. 
Meg is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and currently teaches medical students and physicians in residency training. She has been married to her husband, Walter for 31 years. They have shared a medical practice for 20 years. They have three daughters ages 29, 27 and 25 and a son who is 21. She lives in northern Michigan.


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