Moments with You Couples Devotional 5/31

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MAY 31

All Is Well 

You who have shown me many troubles and distresses will revive me again. PSALM 71:20

One tombstone bore the names of an entire family. Judging from the dates, it seemed the mother had died three weeks after giving birth. The child’s name, John, also appeared, having died before he turned one. Lastly came the father’s name, indicating he had lived not much more than a year after his son’s death. Etched beneath their names—in letters we could barely make out—was this simple perspective: “We cannot, Lord, Thy purpose see, but all is well that’s done by Thee.” Here was a little family that didn’t last long but had apparently responded to some tough circumstances with a resilient faith in God. They trusted that God knew what He was doing. And whenever my friends and family face problems today, I often tell them about that little Cornish hillside, where God reminded me that because He is good, “all is well.”

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Moments with You Couples Devotional 5/30

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MAY 30

Covenant-Keeping Love 

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love. EPHESIANS 5:1-2

 

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Moments with You Couples Devotional 5/24

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MAY 24

This poem was written by Jen Abbas, then an 18-year-old child of divorce. I’ve arranged it a little differently on this page than it appears in her book, Generation EX, to make it fit. Its message is too important to allow form to quiet its voice. Listen to “The Eruption.” Divorce is like a trembling earthquake, The world shakes, rumbling with rage, And all the anger, guilt, and frustrations That have been festering for so long below the surface Suddenly spew upward in an inferno of hate or apathy. At times the earth calms and you think the turmoil is over, Settled, stable, but then the cycle begins again, Repeating, repeating, repeating. 

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Moments with You Couples Devotional 5/23

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I wrote in my journal: If Deborah were not mine, if she were not my child, would I love her? If I just passed her on the street, like I do countless other people each day, what would draw me to her? What would make me love her out of all the other people I see? She could be just another human being in my path, but she’s not. God has made her ours somehow. And I have discovered a kind of love for Deborah that is unlike my love for any of our other five children. I have discovered a taste of God’s unfathomable, undeserved, unexplainable, extravagant love—a supernatural love defined by His grace. Because of Deborah, I know God in a way I could never have known Him otherwise. He has called me to lengths and depths of love I didn’t know I was capable of but which I learned He can supply, because He is love. I don’t love Deborah more than our other five children, but I do love her in a different way, and I know more love for my other kids than I would have ever known without her. 

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