Devotionals by Jim Daly

Hands-on Faith for Families – Week of September 19, 2016

Theme: Look Ahead

Waiting for Good   

Scripture: We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. (Psalm 33:20).

Play: Gather Popsicle sticks, white glue (not contact cement) and a ball of yarn. Create a cross by gluing two Popsicle sticks together. Wait patiently until the glue dries completely — this will take awhile. Then, spread a thin layer of glue on the sticks and wrap yarn around each section of the cross. You may need to untangle the yarn as you work. When the cross is completely decorated in yarn, tie the loose ends together.

Talk: Waiting for the glue to dry and untangling the yarn were not the fun parts of the craft, but they were necessary parts. Consider how patience played a key role in finishing the cross.

Noah followed God’s directions for building the ark. Then he waited 40 days and nights for the rain to stop. The Israelites followed God through the Red Sea. Then they all waited 40 years in the desert before they saw the Promised Land.

Being patient isn’t easy. We often want to overcome challenges and problems as quickly as possible. But waiting for a breakthrough is easier when we put our hope in the Lord, knowing that in time He will bring good things — such as the rainbow and the Promised Land. We can strengthen our hope in God, and learn how to wait on Him, as we pray and read His Word.

Pray: Thank God for His Word, and ask Him to help you remember what He has said.

 Kim Washburn

www.thrivingfamily.com

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Jim Daly
Jim Daly is President of Focus on the Family. His personal story from orphan to head of an international Christian organization dedicated to helping families thrive demonstrates — as he says — "that no matter how torn up the road has already been, or how pothole-infested it may look ahead, nothing — nothing — is impossible for God."

Daly is author of two books, Finding Home and Stronger. He is also a regular panelist for The Washington Post/Newsweek blog “On Faith.”

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John joined Focus on the Family in 1991 and began co-hosting the daily Focus on the Family radio program in 2001.  

John also serves on the board of the National Religious Broadcasters.

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