family devotion

fully committed

READ ABOUT IT: GENESIS 1-2

I don't know if you've ever flipped over to HGTV, watched an episode of Fixer Upper, Property Brothers, or Design on a Dime or scrolled through a few (hundred) pages on Pinterest on home remodel ideas and thought to yourself, "I could do that." Well, like many others, I did. 


We've owned our home for a little over 4 years now and hadn't taken on any major renovations. Sure, a light fixture here or there and a couple layers of paint...but nothing significant. So a few months ago when we mentioned to each other that our master bathroom was not 'our style' and were ready for a reboot, the ideas began to cultivate. 


What started with a new coat of paint and some light fixtures then shifted quickly. New trim, new flooring (and if we're doing it in one room, let's go ahead and update all the bathrooms!), new shower, tile and vanities. Wow. 


I started tinkering. I removed the prism-y mirrored trim off of the vanity mirrors, ordered some flooring, and trimmed the thresholds of each door frame (a little experience from previous home remodel projects). I bought supplies for new light fixtures and even new wax rings for the toilets (you'll need these when you remove a toilet for new flooring). But honestly, all of this seemed easy. Temporary. If I wanted to change my mind, no big deal. 


Then last night happened. I fully committed. I ripped out the tub. (Sure, it's still intact, complete with hardware, but it's out, and I'm not reinstalling it.)


I wonder if this is how God felt when he began to speak creation into being. That he thought for a long time (maybe not a few months, but a few thousand years) about just what he wanted to do, and how he was going to accomplish it. Maybe he had plans and then scrapped them so that He could wait for just the right time. I'm fascinated by all of the elements of creation that were just right--the earth being just the right distance from the sun, and the earth's atmosphere protecting life; the positioning of the moon which affects high and low tides; the length of the giraffe's neck to eat from the tallest trees on the Serengeti; mountain goats being able to walk on the side of a cliff in some of the coldest climates. It's all thought out. Planned. It all works together. When God spoke creation into being, He was fully committed. 


Reading more into Genesis, you can say that He saw a change needed to be made with the flood, and so He washed away most of the world, only to save Noah, his family, and an ark full of creatures. But the creation was still intact. Even when God saw that the creation needed a reboot, He was committed to restoring it.


When I begin to rebuild my bathroom, I hope I get it mostly right. After all, we're still in the fun "Demo Day" phase that's mostly fun (and very messy). When it's all said and done in a month or two (I hope!), I pray that I can sit back, look at the work that has been accomplished and repeat our Creator's sentiments over His creation: that it is good.


TODAY'S PRAYER: 

God, your detailed mind and creativity continue to surprise us even today when it comes to your ability to create. Even more astounding is your continued love for us, as we have failed you again and again. Thank you for creating us, and redeeming us through Jesus; In His name, amen.

A Note for Parents

Children are a gift from the Lord. The psalmist writes, "Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him" (Psalm 127:3). If you read this entire psalm, 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 the Arch Book Baby Jesus Visits the Temple by Alice Earnheart Maas.

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Weekly DEVOTIONS

Each week, CYPRESS CHAPEL will provide you with a devotion to center additional thoughts around the lesson that was offered on Sunday.  You may want to return to some of these devotions throughout the year, or even share them with friends. 


Why are family devotions important? In recent years the responsibility to raise a child in the faith has been placed on the church (staff, programs, events); today we are seeing a steady decline in regular church membership as a result of this trend. The hope of CYPRESS CHAPEL is that parents and kids are able to openly talk about their faith with each other.