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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 28, 2015

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SATURDAY, February 28   Ember Day

Deuteronomy 11:18 You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul.

My parents taught more by example than by words. But my father’s specific words about honesty were embedded in my heart when I was four. Having observed older children cheat at Chinese checkers one day, I tried the same thing with my father that evening. A gentle man but honest to the core, he put down his marble, stood up, said quietly, “I don’t play games with cheaters,” and left the room. I never cheated again.

We have no control over the words our society or parents put into our hearts. I am fortunate that the words of my father, spoken softly but with conviction, helped set my moral compass. But we do have control over the words we choose to read and ponder and find a place for in our hearts—maybe even memorize. The flip side of the old computer jargon, “Garbage in, garbage out,” might be “words of God in, words of God out.” If we want our default button in the situations of our lives to be a godly perspective, we need to ponder and cherish “these words of mine.”

PRAY for the Diocese of Mbasie (Nigeria)

Ps 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Deuteronomy 11:18-28; Hebrews 5:1-10; John 4:1-26

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