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    February 5 Day 36 REMEMBER ME? • What is the first thing you learned about God? • What aspect of God is still a mystery to you? Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them.” Ecclesiastes 12:1 How well do you know God? How much time do you spend thinking about him? How often do you and your friends talk about him? What keeps you from knowing him better? Some young people make the mistake of thinking that God and his nature are adult topics, something to think about when they get older. The problem with that line of thinking is that there’s a lot to learn about God. In fact, there’s too much to learn in one lifetime. The longer you wait to start thinking seriously about him, the less time you’ll have to enjoy him. Start now, while you’re young. Ask questions. Read books. Read the Book! Discover how God interacted with his people in the Old and New Testaments. Learn how he deals with people who oppose him. Investigate his promises and warnings. Study his creation. “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth.” PRAYER Dear God, forgive us for the times we’ve neglected to get to know you. Please help us learn more about you every day of our lives. Amen.
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      Daily Inspiration February 5 Today do what you can and expect no more of yourself. Lord, I will feel joy in my accomplishments today and gratitude for the things I have to do tomorrow. Do not act as though you are watching a parade because we are each one of the marchers. Lord, things change so quickly. Help me to celebrate the constant newness of my life.
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        February 4 Day 35 MAKING WORSHIP PERSONAL • If you were in charge of a church worship service, what would it be like? • What part of worship makes you feel closest to God? Why? “I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.” Psalm 63:4 A family-friendly church is one in which all members of the family are challenged, given opportunities for meaningful worship, and led to a closer relationship with the Lord. Worship is too important to take lightly. That goes for kids as well as adults. If you’re old enough to talk, you’re old enough to worship. And if you’re old enough to worship, you’re old enough to take it seriously. God created us to worship him. If we try to avoid worship or treat it like a chore, we’re telling God we’re not interested in him. If, on the other hand, we fully participate in worship opportunities — and even create some of our own—our relationship with God will deepen. PRAYER Dear God, we praise you for who you are. We praise you for what you’ve done. We praise you for what you’ve promised to do in the future. We will worship you forever. Amen.
        1. Daily Inspiration February 4 One of life’s greatest rewards is not what we get, but what we become. Lord, teach me as I am able to learn and give me the courage to be all that I can. When we have to justify our actions, it may be that our actions are not just. Lord, Your will is goodness. May I always have the strength and courage to choose Your way so that I can simplify my life and enjoy the peace of Your presence.
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            “No matter how much life and circumstances may batter and bruise us on this journey of life, the God of our childhood is also the God of our adulthood and is also the God of our old age. God is faithful on this developing journey, ever seducing us along the way to remember who we are and from where we come.” ~ Edwina Gateley
            1. February 3 Day 34 RUN, RUN, RUN • What are three things you would run away from? • What makes people stay in bad situations when they should be running away from them as fast as they can? Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22 “Flee” is an unusual instruction for Christians. In other Bible verses, we find commands such as “stand firm” and “resist,” words that call for courage and a fighting spirit. So what’s different about this verse? The apostle Paul is talking about the evil desires of youth. Here’s where things get tricky. We’ll face temptations our whole lives. That’s part of living in a sinful world. But the temptations of youth are especially dangerous. Part of the problem is immaturity. Young people don’t have the life experience to understand why certain things are harmful or how they can lead to lifelong issues. Another issue is that physical development can cause problems. When we’re young, our hormones are raging, our adrenaline is flowing and our judgment is sometimes clouded. Trying to battle evil desires with those disadvantages is a bad idea. It’s not a fair fight. When you’re young and face temptations, the wise thing to do is run. Don’t give them a chance to become a problem. Rob them of their power. You’ll be glad you did. PRAYER Dear God, give us the wisdom to know when we should take a stand and when we should flee. Protect us from danger. Amen.