Acts 2:36-42 (NIV)

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”  37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”  38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.” 40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”  41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

1 Timothy 4:4-5 (NIV)

4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.   

DEVOTION – Mariella Carr (Texas)

“Where are my socks?”  was the plaintive cry from my daughter.  I hear this plea often in the rush of getting everyone off to work and school in the morning.  Sometimes, in the midst of our busy lives, we feel that we do not have enough time to meditate and praise God.  Sweeping the floor, Making beds, washing clothes, cooking meals – these required daily tasks seem endless.

Being a homemaker reminds me that God also expects daily tasks from us.  Having a daily devotional time and praying without ceasing (see 1 Thess. 5:17) helps us to maintain our faith and the wellbeing of our souls.  Keeping our faith new and fresh requires daily renewal.  By taking the time to worship by praise and prayer each morning, we are being good housekeepers of our souls.  However, rather than being the chore that housework can become, this daily communion with our Maker always brings us joy.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: As we daily communicate with God, we can better see the way God works in our everyday activities.

PRAYER: Dear God, as we struggle in our busy lives, help us to find time for the joy of communion with you – our Lord and our Maker.  Amen.