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"Seek the LORD,   and his strength: seek his face evermore." Psalm 105:4

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Thought: If You're Thirsty, Drink!

"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness...Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:" Isaiah 55:1,2,6

I woke up this morning thirsty. Yet it wasn't for nearly an hour that I finally made my way downstairs and quenched that thirst with water. Before that, I complained mentally about being thirsty, but I did nothing about it.

Foolish, I know, yet don't we do the same thing spiritually? We know God is the only one who can satisfy our spiritual thirst, yet we allow ourselves to ignore that thirst and pursue satisfaction in something else. Or maybe we wallow in self-pity or false humility, blaming ourselves for being such poor Christians and messing up again instead of running to the Source of Life who died because He knew we had no good in ourselves. Perhaps we allow habitual sins to reign in our hearts, struggling against them on our own in vain, forgetting that the One who bids us come has already broken the power of sin and offers us His victory if we will but come.

Whatever the case, we don't have to walk in unquenchable thirst. We don't have to live with our eyes on ourselves. That Living Water--Jesus--is there. He bids us come. He bids us cry out to Him. And He promises that all who seek Him will find Him.

"And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13

Story: Sleeping

Kyle hardly felt like walking. Before him, the path seemed to stretch on endlessly, leading nowhere. He was dejected. Nothing seemed to matter. His life had been a failure.

"Kyle, Kyle, wake up," Kyle heard the words faintly, as if being spoken in the distance. He slowly opened his eyes.

"Father, is that you?" he muttered, squinting his eyes in the sudden light.

In answer, Kyle's father dumped a bucket of cold water on Kyle's face. The water had its effect.

Sputtering, Kyle leaped to sitting position. "What in the world are you-" He didn't finish his sentence. With a start, he realized he wasn't on a never-ending path; he was right in the middle of a battlefield! He ducked his head to avoid a bullet.

"Wake up," his father called. "Come on--you've got a battle to fight. There's no time for sleeping!"

Without another word Kyle got up and hastened after his father, promising himself to never fall asleep like that again.

Kyle found it harder than he thought to keep that promise. It seemed he had to constantly fight off sleep. Many times he failed, closing his eyes and allowing his thoughts to roam. Sometimes he dreamt horrible dreams of imagined dangers. At those times, he would wake with a start, realizing he had flailed about, bruising himself (and sometimes others) because of his fears. Other times he dreamt of imagined pleasures--such as scrumptious pies or mouthwatering meatloaf. At those times, he woke to discover that the pleasures were but a tantalizing dream, and that by dreaming, he had missed out on some sort of real pleasure right there before him. Still other times he dreamt of all the wonderful things he would do, only to wake and discover he had slept through performing an important, albeit apparently small, duty, such as caring for the wounded soldier next to him.

One day, Kyle discussed his problem with his friend Ben. "The enemy often puts sleeping gas into the air," he explained after hearing a few of Kyle's stories. "He would love to keep you out of the fight by having you live in a dreamland, whatever shape that dreamland takes. You have to be on guard against it. Use all the weapons you've been given to stay awake--to live in the truth of what is going on--and to fight the good fight. Life's too short to waste in a dreamland."

"But how--how do I stay awake?" Kyle asked the question he had been trying to answer.

Ben smiled. "Well, for starters, talk to your father constantly. That will render the sleeping gas ineffective. Remind yourself of the truth of who you are, what you're doing, and where you're going--and do it often, especially when you find a dream creeping into your thoughts. Reject those dreams--whether scary or pleasant--by choosing to live in the truth. Pull back out your combat manual--read it and apply all it says. You've been given all you need to fight off the enemy and all his tactics. But you have a moment-by-moment choice to do it."

Kyle nodded. He was beginning to understand. One thing was clear: he needed to stay awake!

"Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:14-16

"Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober." 1 Thessalonians 5:6

"Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day." Psalm 25:5

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Homeschool Tip: Spiritual Warfare

- Cris Loop

Spiritual warfare--ever have times when you are moving along fine until all of a sudden you seem to hit a brick wall over and over and over again? Perhaps you can't figure out why your child is struggling...or why you don't seem to have everything together like other moms and dads. And everything you do to fix the situation only seems to make it worse.

You may or may not feel this way in your homeschool or life right now, but my guess is you know what I'm talking about. As believers, we are warned that we have an enemy, but many times we forget we are in a battle until things get really bad. When things aren't going right and continue to not go right, I feel like Kyle in this month's story--as if I'm waking up in the middle of a battlefield.

Waking up is a good thing--but it can be devastating! You can wake up wounded and bleeding. Sometimes the enemy has stolen so much ground you don't know where to turn or what to do. You want to give up--not just on homeschooling, but on everything. I want to encourage you that even though you were sleeping, God was not. Nothing happened while you were sleeping that has not been through your Father's hands. There is always hope, and God is true to His promise that He works all things for good to those that love Him. His timing is perfect. He is waking you up so you can see how truly wonderful He is--something you will miss if you go back to sleep again.

Sleeping is such a temptation. It's something the enemy wants you to continue. If you find yourself "waking up" to a battle, Ben offered Kyle some good advice in today's story: don't delay, run to your heavenly Father, remind yourself of God's Truth, read and apply His Word in your life, and watch God work. We aren't a match for the enemy, but we don't have to be because Jesus has already defeated him.

Hymn/Poem: Cooling Streams

Tate and Brady's New Version, 1696, 1698. Found in The Hymnal (The Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work: Philadelphia, 1895), number 587.

As pants the hart for cooling streams
When heated in the chase,
So longs my soul, O God, for Thee,
And Thy refreshing grace.

For Thee, my God, the living God,
My thirsty soul doth pine;
O when shall I behold Thy Face,
Thou Majesty Divine!

Why restless, why cast down, my soul?
Trust God; and He'll employ
His aid for thee, and change these sighs
To thankful hymns of joy.

Why restless, why cast down, my soul?
Hope still; and thou shalt sing
The praise of Him who is thy God,
Thy health's eternal Spring.

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