Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Proverbs 31:28 (ESV)
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

You must be bored having been locked in for two weeks now. Emotions and feelings are hard to gauge. Moods are dictated by our environment. Two weeks, long or short, it all depends whom you are with. If you are with people whom you love, respect and admire, two weeks is not enough. Two weeks can be awfully long if you are with people that are critical, nagging, overbearing stubborn, whining and irritating. Unfortunately, we have no place to run!

What about having a fun time as a family game? I like us to honour our mum/wife today. Give your mum or wife a surprise this evening! Be creative! What about letting her be the Queen for the day? Take over all the house chores, cook up a storm and have a celebration in honour of the Queen of the day. While having dinner let us pay homage to her Royal Highness the Queen of the day. Let daddy starts first followed by the children. It may be a little tough at first. Words of blessing and praise! What about words of gratitude to the Queen. I wonder how the Queen will respond to all these tributes given to her. Of course, the Queen will have the last say. Share with your family how you feel with what you heard. Please capture the evening with your video camera and share it with your group.

This is what our text says, “Children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:”

Proverbs 31 talks about a godly mother advising his son King Lemuel how to be a good king and how to look for a virtuous woman for a wife. This woman is “a woman who fears God.” The best people who know the mother/wife will be the children and husband. When they stand and bless and praise the mother/wife it cannot be wrong unless they do it to keep peace in the home.
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.” Proverbs 31.30. (TLV)

Prayer for the day
O Lord, in your wisdom you created man and woman. We give thanks to you that you have instituted the family. We give you thanks for our families. Teach us to treasure our family. Thank you for the lockdown, you created this to enable us to be a family. We are grateful we can sit around the table to enjoy a meal together. Lord, we admit some of our homes are not like that. We find it tough going in the lockdown. We are together but we are like living in a kennel. We bark and bite at each other. Lord, we pray you will cause us to pause and reflect on our relationship and how you can help us to live in peace and harmony. Lord, when you are in control of our lives, things will change. But forgives us, we are a stubborn people. We have difficulty yielding our control to you. We find it hard to submit to you and to each other. Lord, give us Christian Home. May the hymn, “God gives us Christian Home” be our prayer, In Jesus Name, Amen.

Pastor Isaac Yim

每日灵粮
31/3/20
(作者: 严以撒牧师)

箴言 31:28 她的儿女都起来称她是有福的,她的丈夫也称赞她,说:

封城已两个星期了,你肯定感到无聊。情绪和感觉都难以摸索。情绪往往是由我们的环境所定。两周,长或短,都取决于你和谁在一起。如果你与你所爱,尊重和欣赏的人在一起,两个星期是不够的。但如果和你在一起的人常挑剔你所做的事,个性傲慢顽固,常抱怨,使你感到烦躁,那么两个星期是非常漫长。不幸的是,我们没有地方可以逃脱!

在一起玩家庭游戏,你认为如何?我希望我们今天能尊敬我们的妈妈或妻子。今晚给妈妈或妻子一个惊喜吧!要有创意!今天不如就待她如女王般?接管所有的家务,起劲儿地庆祝并纪念你们家的女王。吃晚饭时,让我们向女王殿下致敬!让爸爸先开始,然后孩子继续。起初可能有点困难。祝福和赞美的话!有没有向女王致谢的话呢?我不晓得女王将如何回应对她的所有赞美。当然,女王将拥有最后的发言权。与家人分享你对所听到的感受。请用摄像机记录这一晚,并与小组分享。
这就是我们的经文所说的:“箴言 31:28 她的儿女都起来称她是有福的,她的丈夫也称赞她,说:

箴言31谈到一位敬虔的母亲,建议他的儿子(利 慕 伊 勒 王)如何做个好国王,以及如何寻找贤惠的女人为妻子。这个女人是“敬畏上帝的女人”。最了解母亲或妻子的的人就是孩子和丈夫。齐来祝福并赞美母亲和妻子是没有错的,除非他们这样做是为了保持家中的和平。“艳丽是虚假的,美容是虚浮的;唯有敬畏耶和华的妇女,必得称赞” (箴言 31:30)

今天的祷告:
主啊,你用智慧创造了男人和女人。我们感谢你设立了家庭。我们为我们的家庭感谢你。教导我们珍惜我们的家人。感谢你借着封城的这段时间使我们有家庭生活。我们很高兴能围坐在餐桌一起用餐。主啊,我们承认我们的一些家庭并非如此。与家人一同共渡封城的这段期间真的相当困难。我们在一起,但是我们就像住在狗窝里。我们互相吠叫。主啊,我们祈祷你能使我们停下来并反思我们的关系,以及你如何帮助我们以和平及和谐地生活。主啊,当你掌管我们的生活时,情况将会改变。求你饶恕我们,我们是固执的子民。我们很难将主权交给你。我们很难向你降服和彼此顺服。主啊,赐我们基督化家庭。愿赞美诗“愿我家基督化”成为我们的祷告,奉主耶稣的名祷告,阿们。

(巫惠如 译)

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