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Dr. Dobson's Parenting Devotional - Aug. 16

  • 2018 Aug 16
  • COMMENTS

Living in the Present

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair.
2 Corinthians 4:8

Author Donna Partow writes that her unemployed husband, Cameron, began a job search with high hopes. But the “Aha!” of finding a new job never came. Cameron networked; he knocked on doors; he circled want ads. He even dialed job hot lines until midnight each evening. Then he began to bog down emotionally. He and Donna would tell their daughter, “Well, honey, I wish we could do such and such, but we’ll just have to wait until Daddy gets a job.”

Suddenly Cameron and Donna realized that they had put life on hold, freeze-framing every fun moment until their hard times passed. They resolved that day to live in the present regardless of their situation. They began going out for fast food like other families, although they’d buy only one item each. They maintained a busy social life and did inexpensive but meaningful activities together as a family. Most importantly, they refused to give in to despair and depression.

Such measures, of course, don’t bring employment or relieve financial strain—but they sure beat self-pity and despondency. The apostle Paul encouraged new believers with a reminder of when they “joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property” because of their faith (Hebrews 10:34). Likewise, let’s remember the joy we always have in Christ—no matter what the circumstances.

Before you say good night…

  • Are you putting parts of your lives “on hold” because of hard times?
  • How can you help your family enjoy life despite any current trials?

Father, we thank You for Your provision for our needs and for forgiveness of sins. Grant us Your joy and peace, no matter what our daily challenges, and help us to always place our trust in You. Amen.

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



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