Our family vacation this year was in Orange Beach, AL. This is a yearly trip we take with Joy’s family that her parents organize, sacrifice, and plan for the families of their children, Jason, Joy, and Jessica. I am always thankful to be able to take a break and also spend it with some godly grandparents, Wayne and Susan Marshall. In an age where grandparents and adults are overwhelmingly concerned with Investments, Retirement, IRA’s, and what they can leave behind; Wayne and Susan are radical and powerful testimonies to the commitment of having a godly family and investing in what is most important.
Every year Wayne takes time to prepare short devotions for our “Family Time”. This is where we have organized chaos for around 20-30 minutes as we play high/low, which is where we tell our high and low experiences for the day, and we have a devotion from Wayne. Wayne tells a story from the life of “Minnie” and “Maxie” Muffin…Joy tells me this is a Children’s Devotion Wayne used when they were Children. Wayne alway’s comes up with an acrostic for our weeks word, last year was LIFE this year was WAVE.
W- watch for ways you can help other people.
“And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” ” (Luke 10:25–37, ESV)
A- ask God for the things you need.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ” (Philippians 4:4–7, ESV)
V- value important things
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. ” (Matthew 6:33, ESV)
E- exercise your gifts for God
“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; ” (Romans 12:3–6, ESV)