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Monday, August 28, 2017

Bird Struck! Skimmer

Family Devotional

Day Twenty-Eight

“He restores my soul.” Psalm 23:3 (NAS)

A skimmer catches its food through its unique bill which cuts into the water with its lower bill, catches its prey, then the upper bill snaps shut. It is so precise that as they skim over the water their bodies rarely get wet. However, their most interesting characteristic is that their lower bills grow twice as fast as the upper bill. They have a built-in replacement warranty on the friction of wear and tear.

Peter protested at first when Jesus knelt to wash his feet. Then he immediately asked for more when Jesus told him, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” But Jesus also explained, “One who has bathed does not need to wash except for the feet, but is entirely clean.”

Just like our feet get dusty when we go barefoot in the summer, so can we get discouraged when we see bad things happening in the world. Yet Jesus restores us every day when we stay close to Him. When parts of our hearts get rubbed with dirt because of friction with people and hard circumstances, the psalmist promises, “He restores my soul.”

Some days we face difficult choices and tough obstacles, but they all can be only outside struggles that don’t harm our hearts when we trust Jesus to take care of us.

1. Sometimes we need to “wash” away bad attitudes towards others. Watch what words you think for a few days this week that would be mean or hurt someone if you said them out loud.

2. Think of ways you can change your attitude without agreeing with ideas that are wrong.

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Psalm 23
Matthew 11:28-30

John 13:5-11

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