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Daily Devotional for September 1, 2014

Read: Read: Mark 6:30-32

"Are we almost there?" Noelle asked, eagerly leaning forward from the back seat of the car. "I can't wait to go swimming!"

"There it is!" Cameron shouted as the car rounded a bend in the drive and the little cottage came into view. Dad parked by the front door, and Noelle and Cameron helped unpack the car. The smaller children played on the swing set in the yard, and Mom swept and dusted inside the cottage.

"I'm starving!" declared Cameron when they finished their work.

"Me, too," said Noelle. "When are we going to eat, Mom?"

"Soon," Mom replied, getting out some sloppy joe meat, chips and buns. She put the meat in a pan and turned on the burner. Then she plugged in the coffeepot. "How about macaroni and cheese with your sloppy joes?" she suggested as she turned on another burner. Immediately, all the lights went off. "Oh, no!" exclaimed Mom."I must have blown a fuse."

Dad got up and went to find the fuse box. "Looks like there are too many things on one of the circuits," he said when he came back. "We'll have to turn off a few lights whenever we want to use the stove."

Soon their lunch was ready, and they sat down to enjoy it together. "This is fun," said Noelle. "It's our first real vacation in ages."

"I know," said Mom thoughtfully. "That over-loaded fuse reminds me of our family lately. We've been so busy getting Dad's business started and redecorating the house. Then with piano lessons, Little League games, housework, and homework, I think we've been overloaded, too. We've been so busy that we haven't had much time to spend together and enjoy each other."

Dad nodded. "Let's evaluate our activities during this vacation and see which ones we could cut out of our schedules," he suggested. Dad turned to Cameron. "How about getting my Bible from the shelf over there, Son? Let's have family devotions right now--that's one activity we should always take time for."

"Right," said Cameron getting the Bible. "That and my Little League games. But we could skip the piano lessons," he added with a grin. "And homework."

Dad chuckled. "I don't think so," he said. "We'll talk about it later."

Have you been too busy lately? Make a list of things you do, and put the really important ones first. Be sure to put daily devotions near the top, along with time spent with your family, proper rest, and wholesome meals. And don’t forget your homework! Make sure those things get done first. If there’s not time for everything on your list, decide which ones can be omitted or done another time. Don’t allow your schedule to get overloaded. Jesus recognized the need for quiet time. We need that, too.

And He (Jesus) said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”
*Verse displayed is NKJV

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