Soul Devotional - June 24, 2014

"Remembrances"

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;  I will guide you with my eye"  Psalm 32:8.  With Father's Day not long behind us, I have been thinking a lot of my dad, who is in heaven with Jesus.  One of the questions in my devotional journals was, "What do you remember learning from your parents as a child?"  Of course I remember hearing certain words or phrases over and over again, such as "don't just believe something because I say it, look it up in the Bible for yourself and see what God says about it" (in reference to biblical things or something that may pertain to a life choice).  I also remember my dad always saying, "Let your yes be yes, and your no be no." (the verse reference is Matt. 5:37) in regards to being truthful and saying what we mean.   There are times my kids say something and the other will right away say, "do you promise?"  Why is it that we do not believe someone, unless they PROMISE something?  Our word should be our promise...always truthful.  Every time I hear these words come from my mouth, I remember my dad.

 Sometimes my parents taught me with words, other times with their actions.  They always loved and respected me as a person.  I learned forgiveness of others, through their actions, towards people who hurt them.  I learned that hard work is essential.  I learned that keeping peace is very important...not everything thought needs to be said!!  How one acts is a followup of ones beliefs and convictions.  I have learned what it means to be committed to someone or something.  I learned how important daily prayer(time with God) is.  I have learned how to trust God through tough times.  Life experiences have given me the opportunity to practice the things I was taught as a child.  I thank God for my parents and all I have learned through them.  They weren't perfect parents but they knew how to apologize and weren't too proud to do so.  Proverbs 22:6 says "Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it."  

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Marcy Proskurnik
Assistant Children's Ministry Director...
(for two more days)
marcy@soulsanctuary.ca