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Pride and Joy

by PamFord Davis  
10/22/2009 / Devotionals

Are you receiving God's blessings as a parent or grandparent? Children are a gift of the Lord; and they instantly become our pride and joy! We want to hold them, gently rock and smother them with kisses! Each milestone of progress is recorded in baby books and in snapshots and video. No accomplishment is too small to recognize and remember. They are a part of us, and add fulfillment to each passing day.

As heavenly Father, God's eyes look down on His created world. Can He take pride in us, our families, cities and nations? Does He see maturity and steady growth in Christ or are we still babes? (1 Corinthians 3:1-3) He, like any Father likes to brag on His children. (Job 1:8) Job found favor with God and the devil did not like it one bit!

The Lord holds a special place in His heart for a city on the hill, too. "I will make you an eternal excellence, a joy of many generations (Isaiah 60:15b NKJ)." The city of the Lord: Zion, Jerusalem is His pride and joy! His heart breaks when she refuses His perfect will. When will she accept His unconditional love? "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you are not willing (Matthew 23:37 NKJ)!" A life or a city can become God's pride and joy. We must not bring Him shame and sorrow.

Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth's The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter.

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