December 21
Prayer of the Day
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.
—Hebrews 12:7–10

Lord, thank You for being the perfect model of parental love. Deepen my conviction that love involves discipline. Forgive me when I don’t discipline because I feel lazy, tired, or I just want to avoid conflict. Grant me the determination to make the most of the opportunities You provide for training my child. Give me courage to have the difficult conversations that I would rather avoid. Remind me to focus on her heart and attitude and not solely on her outward behavior.

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