family devotions

Each week, CYPRESS CHAPEL will provide you with a devotion to center additional thoughts around the lesson that was shared on Sunday. Feel free to share them with friends!

Why are family devotions important? The hope of CYPRESS CHAPEL is that parents and kids are able to openly talk about their faith with each other.

Peace

July 25th weekly devotion

Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties| C.S Lewis

Life is hard.  Life is really hard, sometimes. How do we find strength... how do we find peace... how do we find hope in those difficulties?

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in You | Isaiah 26:3
The English phrase 'perfect peace' means an 'all-embracing peace'.  It is an indwelling, an all encompassing of the Holy Spirit that God has placed in our lives to strengthen us and give us peace internally  to face the things that come our way externally. 

This doesn't mean our circumstances will always feel peaceful.  It doesn't mean troubles will suddenly disappear... what it does mean is that our mind can be steadied with truth instead of overrun by anxieties or fear.
 
The difficulties will come. The struggle will come. The happiness does diminish at times.  However, (don't you love that word) peace, hope, joy are promised to us when our mind is stayed on Him.

God is always doing more than you know- working toward a good you'll one day rejoice in. | Lysa TerKeurst

a note for parents

[ sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from HIM - Psalm 127:3 ]

If you read Psalm 127 in its entirety, it speaks of the blessings God provides--home, security, food, and children. In particular, children are referred to as a heritage--gifts not possessions. And entrusted with these gifts, parents become stewards.

What an awesome responsibility to nurture--to feed, nourish, sustain, maintain, cherish, and provide for these gifts from God. As parents provide for their material needs, it is essential that we also take into consideration their spiritual needs. It is indeed the work of the Holy Spirit to plant faith in the hearts of our children and to cause that faith to grow. But it is also an awesome privilege to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit, to hear the splash of baptismal water, and to trust in God's loving care and direction for our children as they grow.

This note today is taken from Baby Jesus Visits the Temple by Alice Earnheart Maas.