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How much of what is in your closet do you actually use? You probably have clothes you no longer wear.

 

Or perhaps we have that closet that holds everything – games, shoes, wrapping paper, umbrellas, the iron, gloves, hats, and mittens.

 

Did you know that closet cleaning was in the Bible? Job said, “Didn’t the poor bless me when they saw me coming, knowing I’d brought coats from my closet?” Job 31:20 (MSG).

 

I wonder if a good family activity might be a closet-cleaning party? Choose one closet at a time and together go through it selecting what to keep, what to give away, and what to throw away. What to keep would be those things that we actually plan to use or wear. What to throw away would be things that don’t have a pair, don’t work, or are broken. But the third pile would be things to give away. These would be good things that may benefit others. Perhaps clothes that can be cleaned and taken to a thrift store. Clean your closet to help and bless others.

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I grew up at a time when television was in black and white. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that it was shades of black and gray. Since that’s what we saw, it never occurred to me that the shows were actually in color – that’s how innocent we are as children.

 

I remember the first time I watched tv in full color. Wow! That was fantastic! I got to watch some of the same shows I had previously watched in black and white and I was fascinated. The ability to distinguish colors is priceless. I hear about people who are color-blind and it’s hard for me to imagine what it must be like.

 

Often, we choose the clothes and the gifts we will give to the people we love because of the colors of those objects. Bright colors for some clothes, darker colors for others. Jacob showed Joseph his love for him in a very special way, “He made him a robe of many colors” Genesis 37:3 (ESV).

You can show your love to your family through the gift of color. Love is not just shades of gray…love is in full color.

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Moses reminded the Israelites that, “Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD” Deuteronomy 8:3 (NASB).

 

When the Israelites left Egypt, they didn’t have a bible. They were guided by Moses, who was listening to God. He then taught the people and wrote down God’s instructions. He was the first bible writer. The reason God felt it was important to put down His words in writing is because as much as we need physical food to nourish our bodies, we also need spiritual food to nourish our mind and our spirit.

 

Eating is vital for each of us but eating together nourishes us in many other ways. Sitting down to dinner as a family at least five days a week results in fewer teenage pregnancies, lower levels of depression and lower rates of suicide among boys.

 

In the same way, we should each have personal bible study, but there’s also great benefit when we study it and pray together as a family. Make the Bible a part of every day!

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Taking a child into your life, one who was your flesh and blood but rather one God chose for you, is one of the most loving actions from a parent to that child.

 

My supervisor told me once that he sat with his young daughter and told her “If there were a hundred kids lined up by a wall for me to choose from, and you were one of them, I would still choose you.” Adopted children, like biological children, need to be assured daily of their parents’ love.

 

God set the pattern and taught about this loving relationship.  Paul wrote, “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure” Ephesians 1:5 (NLT2)

 

I like the fact that adoption was not a sudden decision or an afterthought in God’s part, like it isn’t for today’s adoptive parents.

 

What a blessing it is for adoptive parents to remember that God also adopted you and loved you with an everlasting love!

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