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Daily Theme

Thank God for your support system & encouragement.

But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. – Hebrews 3:13

Giving Thanks

Right now reveals just how crazy things seem to get day by day. COVID-19 and quarantines or lockdowns are a reality for the holidays. People are bracing for a day of family tradition with limited numbers and loads of restrictions. It’s truly driving some folks COVID crazy. The Devotional Guy posts to what he calls the COVID-19 Devotionals. Think about those who truly serve as a support system to you and who encourages you when you need it. Be thankful for that system and those individuals. Write a list of them. Read their names aloud as you remember them in your prayers. Keep them showered with prayers for strength and endurance, praising God for how much they mean to you. Never forget how we are called to support one another with encouragement day after day.

Giving Back

Return the favor by supporting someone else. It could be one of your friends or co-workers. It might be one of the elders or deacons at your church, even one of the Bible teachers or youth counselors. Support them with words of encouragement. Express it in a variety of different ways. Share an e-card via email. Drop a note in their social media inbox. Tag them in a post on Facebook or Instagram. Include words of encouragement, a Bible verse or just a thank you for what they mean to you. What’s important is that you take the time to share it with that person.

Go Beyond the Norm

Now consider this and see if it you can take it on today. Think about someone who has not been there for you. Offer them support & encourage them. Step up and encourage them today. Share words that might stimulate them to make moves today or just simply get through another tough and demanding day.

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Blood is thicker than water.  Family has its good and bad. It even has its “for better or worse.”  Family can lift you up or leave you high and dry. 

Family is depicted in the Bible with numerous situations.  Think about it.  David and Jonathan were more than friends.  Jonathan was David’s brother-in-law since David was wed to the daughter of King Saul.  Oddly enough, Saul was David’s father-in-law, boss and king, as well as his tormentor.  Now that spells family d-r-a-m-a.

Biblical characters typically had distinct moments where family made a difference in their walk with the Lord. At times, especially when these characters may have needed their family members the most, family members may have been more of a hindrance than a help.  In some other instances, family may have been supportive of one stepping out on faith.

Family matters such as:
 Cain and Abel (Genesis 4)
 Abram and Lot (Genesis 13 and 14)
 Joseph and his brothers (Genesis 37)
 Moses with Miriam and Aaron (Numbers 12)
 David against Saul (1 Samuel 23-26)
 David and Absalom (2 Samuel 14-18)
 Jesus lost at temple (Luke 2:47-49)
 Andrew and Peter (John 1)
 James and John with Salome (Matthew 20:20)
 Ananias and his wife (Acts 5)

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There’s not enough of it based upon the way we conduct church worship services today.  Our Sunday school schedules are almost too rigid to develop fellowship among the believers.  In some instances, we need to make time to fellowship with other believers.  As the Super Bowl approaches, I expect that some churches will take full advantage and host block parties and house parties for viewing the big game with family and friends.  This may serve as a prime time to invite people from church to your home in order to further develop relationships with them and their families.  It may not seem like much, but a lot can be gained by simply showing a little hospitality to others.  Think about this and other possibilities for building stronger relationships among believers.

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