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Lent Devotionals: Wednesday, April 5

What Comforts You?


What comforts you? Homemade chicken soup? A warm blanket? A roof over your head? Knowing you have enough money to pay the bills? A padded retirement account?
It occurred to me that so often in our discomforts that we seek an external source to fix an internal fear, pain, or heartache. When anxious or irritated, I tend to choose sugar. Preferably, mixed with cream, frozen, and donning a gold rim. If I have a choice at any given time of frustration and discomfort, I choose a big hug from my wife. When I feel blue, I am comforted by my daughter crawling up in my lap and cuddling with me. However, when the externals of life are absent and unavailable, and when friends are busy, I turn to God…to prayer, to scripture…to Christian music.
It’s sad that God is last on my list, don’t you think?
If I trusted more in God’s promises in my fretful moments, I’d have no need of sugar-laced treats which lose their calming comfort the moment they melt in my mouth. Though God has blessed me with family and friends, my greatest comfort is knowing Him and the refuge I find in His presence. Why is my memory so short?
Sometimes I turn my world upside down. I first seek the things which bring temporary comfort and pleasure, rather than the LORD and His righteousness. His grace is sufficient to meet my needs. He is enough in my darkness. He is enough in my distress. He is enough in my emptiness. It is when I forget that truth and let the world bear down upon me without looking to Him, that I seek the things of earth to stop my fears, to soothe my troubled mind. When things are not enough, I turn to people for companionship to fill a void…and people are never enough.
We always seem to search for tangible sources of comfort. All the while…God waits. Open arms. He never moves. He never changes. He is enough.
An abiding fellowship with Christ is where God plans to take me each time I turn to Him in need. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Josh Leblo

Youth Ministry Director

Lent Devotionals: Tuesday, April 4

In Weakness We Are Strong

I am incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to work with the children here at Granbury First. I am also incredibly humbled. It doesn’t take long in working with kids to realize that although they are no where near ready to take care of themselves, they have an incredible amount of strength in their little versions of their future selves.
You see when you witness a 3 or 4 year old place their hands on the hands or heads of other children and tell them they are special and that they are loved by Jesus, you realize that God is working in powerful ways. These children don’t need prompting, they freely and loving jump at the chance to be the one to perform these tasks.
Each Wednesday as we have lessons and crafts/activities set out for them to accomplish, it amazes me that they are not as concerned with crafts and activities.  They don’t tire of reading the scriptures each week.  They enjoy the questions that make them think deeper about what we read.  These children love having the opportunity to talk about their joys and their concerns.  They love praying together and lifting those joys and concerns up to God.  They don’t complain that prayer time might have taken up the time for crafts and activities.
Listening to them share stories about standing up to friends who treat other kids badly, listening as you know they are going through the heartbreak of loss and they only ask for prayers for someone that they love, and listening as they share their trials and watching as the other children encourage them.  You see in their weakness the wonderful strength of God works in wondrous ways.
They do not boast, it all comes naturally to them.  I like to say we (adults) are called to be like them, they are not called to be like us.  There is not a day that goes by that I don’t get tears in my eyes as I witness their compassion and their love.  Through those tear filled eyes, I pray that God helps me to be like them.
May you freely and lovingly lose yourself during this Lenten season so that you can witness God’s strength in your weakness.    Ponder the question, what would our church look like if we approached it with the wonder, excitement, and awe of a child?
Karen Cooper
Children’s Ministry Director