Our official celebration of Thanksgiving is behind us; now it is onward to Christmas. Our visit with my brothers and family was relaxing and fun. Just what I needed. Two years without seeing my siblings had been too long!

This morning I am bringing a guest to you. My You Version devotional reading this morning is right on the money. 🙂


The home must provide a climate in which love, trust, honesty, and security can flourish. If it does not, then all the material things parents provide have no meaning and actually make children frustrated and angry.

Trust and tenderness are fragile things. They cannot survive battering and bruising. For a person to love, he must give himself to another; if he is betrayed or taken advantage of, he will withdraw in pain and anger. God has structured the home so that all family members may learn to give their love without being hurt or taken advantage of. The home helps us develop those Christ-like characteristics God wants us to have. It is most significant that when God sent His only begotten Son into the world, He was careful to place Him in a healthy and godly home. If we want our children to fully realize their potential, we must provide the emotional climate to help them do so.

Of all God’s creatures, the human needs the longest time to grow up. A cat is a kitten for a relatively short time. Likewise dogs, birds, and other animals need only a short time to mature. Yet, God in His wisdom has ordained–not months–but many years of growing and learning before the human being can be put in full control of himself. And that’s what family life is all about: helping our little ones learn to control themselves.

Well, my friends, laundry, the grocery store, and more awaits me! Blessings of joy and peace to you today.

ABBA, thank You for a just what we needed celebration with family and friends. And now that we are back to life routines, I pray we will do them with a greater eagerness so that we will exalt JESUS. I pray our Christmas preparations will be holy and prepared with joy. We are remembering the grieving; this season often brings bittersweet memories; You know that well and You are able to empower and bring peace in the midst of them all. Thank You, ABBA. I pray we will lean on You. So for every Reader and Pray-er who comes to visit today, I pray for peace and growth of love and devotion for You and others in JESUS name.

18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.   . . .

via Ephesians 1 NASB – The Blessings of Redemption – Paul, an – Bible Gateway.

Blessings of Joy and Peace,


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