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READ THE DIRECTIONS

ďAll scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.Ē

2 Timothy 3: 16, 17 King James Version

Have you ever tried to put something together without reading the directions? Last night I spent a very frustrating four hours trying to connect something with no success. Finally I read the directions and it was so simple. Within five minutes I had everything connected properly. I think that many times we do this with our lives. We try to put the pieces of our broken hearts and lives together and canít understand why we are still hurting and our circumstances havenít changed. We are powerless to change ourselves and others. It takes the love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, tenderness and compassion of Jesus to change a heart and life.

The Bible is our guidebook for life. I read somewhere that there are no manuals that come with being a parent. That is not true. The Bible says to train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6) God is faithful. What He promises to do; He will do. We, as parents, are to live our lives in such a way that our children will see Jesus and hear Jesus in our actions and our words. We are to set the example for our children; not just tell them to do it.

I remember when I was a child I would say to my Mother ďYou donít do itĒ. She would reply ďDonít do what I do; do as I sayĒ. Our children should desire to have a relationship with Jesus because they see the joy of Jesus in our lives. I have received many emails from people who have told me that they didnít raise their children right and they have so many regrets. Itís not too late. No matter how old your children are; they are still your children given to you by God and you can still pray for them, encourage them and start living your lives so they will see the difference that only Jesus can make. We also have the privilege and responsibility to let our grandchildren see Jesus in us and to teach our grandchildren the scriptures.

Unless we have accepted Jesus into our hearts as our personal Saviour, we will be unable to tell our children and grandchildren about Jesus. It would be like telling someone how to get some place where we have never been. Has there ever been a time in your life that you confessed you were a sinner and asked Jesus to forgive you and come into your heart to be your personal Saviour? If not, I urge you to do it now because even a minute later could be too late!

Joanne Lowe
February 6, 2007

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