DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Eleven, Day Seven plus Review

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Eleven, Day Seven plus Review


“Out of the depths I cry to You, O LORD; O Lord, here my voice. Let Your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If You, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His Word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:1-5 (NIV)


How gracious is the Lord Jesus Christ to pardon the iniquities of each breathing soul who cries out to Him for forgiveness. Jesus spoke very plainly on the topic of the consequences of sin and not entrusting our hearts to Him for eternal keeping in Luke 16:19-31. In this account, Jesus clearly affirmed not only the reality of hell and hadees, but also the sheer agony and torment experienced by any and all who choose to ignore the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. The suffering within hell will be eternal (Isaiah 66:24) and it is for the love of those created of God, humanity as a whole, that Jesus Christ stepped down from heavenly glory in order to redeem the mess that each of us contribute to the fallen human condition (Ephesians 2:8-9). Ezekiel 33:11 encourages us in that the Lord does not take pleasure in having any experience the eternal torment, unprecedented suffering and utter separation from God, that is the reality of hell and hadees (John 3:16). Yet, for all who do not choose Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and do not confess their sins to Him, this is the coming reality (1 John 1:9-10). Ladies, hear this today, as hard as things may be in your present sufferings—NOTHING experienced on earth can match or surpass the excruciating pain and torment of hell. Praise the Lord that the Lord Jesus Christ Himself now holds the keys of death and hadees (Revelation 1:18). There is eternal freedom from suffering through Jesus Christ alone (John 11:25). He alone holds the keys after He victoriously conquered the grave on the third day (Matthew 16:21, Romans 6:9, Romans 14:9 & 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)! If you have not given your life to Jesus Christ in the past, or are reading this today, and are sincerely unsure as to where you would go if you died today—pray with me now to accept Jesus Christ into your heart this very moment.


Dear Lord Jesus,

I confess that I am a sinner—a person who has messed up in life—and need to be forgiven by You. I believe that You are the one and only Son of God, and that You were raised from the dead on the third day. I ask You to come into my heart and be the boss and Lord of my life from today into forevermore. Thank You for loving me enough to make a way for me to avoid eternal punishment. You are now my Savior, Lord Jesus. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.


Prayer For Today:

Lord Jesus, You alone reign. You have told the stars where to stand and defined how far the tide should rise. The migratory patterns of birds, mammals and aquatic life are all ordained by You. With all Your splendor, with all Your grandeur, You make time for a mere mortal like—me. Lord Jesus, You assured Your disciples with compassion, that not even a sparrow falls from the sky without Your notice and stated that we are so much more precious than birds (Matthew 6:26). As my nerves are shot and anxiety builds with yet more changes and challenges on the horizon, teach me to pour my heart out to You in praise and worship. Teach me to love well those You have given to me and praise You while I practice servanthood towards them. Teach me to worship You rather than worshipping comfort and all its forms of pleasure for You alone deserve my loyalty and praise. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.


**Week Eleven in review. Please write down the most meaningful verse from this past week below. As you do, tell the Lord how mighty He is. Remind your own soul of the greatness of God. In the midst of hardship, remember that God is at work in your life, encouraging you to keep trusting Him for a solution to each difficulty and heartache of life (Isaiah 49:13).






DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Ten, Day Six

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Ten, Day Six


“Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the LORD your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (HCSB)


Oh the beauty of a summer’s rain. After a time marked with sweltering heat and oppressive humidity, the sky grows cloudy…and then…the first drop of rain kisses your nose. As the cool refreshment dances atop the roads, car windshield and flower heads, a deep sign of relief is felt. There is a break in the storm. In much the same way, this passage found in Deuteronomy 31:6 is the Israeli leader, Moses, on his 120th birthday as he informs the Israelites that they are soon to receive a new leader, seeing as Moses is soon to die and will not continue with them on this journey into the promised land (Deuteronomy 31:1-2). At this time, the people are listening to their faithful leader, the same one who had been used by God to lead them out of slavery of the Egyptian Pharaoh—and being told to take heart—for God was going to continue to lead them onward—just as He had been faithful to do before. In times of great uncertainty, in moments of sheer chaos, how wonderful to lean heavily upon the words of the Lord!


Prayer For Today:

Lord Jesus, thank You for refreshing me in the midst of this trial. I trust You. I know that You love me. I know that You desire only what is best for me (Jeremiah 29:11-13). Please help me to realize Your refreshment available to me at the moment I call out to You. I love you, Lord Jesus. In Your name I pray, amen.


HOMESCHOOLING in COVID…Counting in the Bible

Number Counting from 1-12—This could be used to help remember the clock numbers, too

One. There is one God (1 Chronicles 17:20).

Two. The Bible has two parts; the Old Testament and the New Testament (Psalm 119:105)

Three. God has three parts: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17)

Four. The first four disciples of Jesus were Peter, Andrew, James and John (Matthew 4:18-22)

Five. A little boy was used by Jesus to feed over 5,000 with his lunch of two fish and five barley loaves (John 6:1-13)

Six. On day six of creation, God made every animal that crawls and walks as well as mankind (Genesis 1:24-31).

Seven. On day seven of creation, God rested (Genesis 2:2).

Eight. Josiah was eight years old when he became king (2 Kings 22:1).

Nine. Jesus healed ten men, but nine did not say thank you (Luke 17:17).

Ten. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 4:13).

Eleven. After Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared to His eleven disciples (Mark 16:14-15).

Twelve. Jesus told His twelve disciples that anyone who wants to be first in God’s kingdom, must be the very last and the servant to all (Mark 9:35).

HOMESCHOOLING in COVID…Play dough activity to illustrate FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness lesson with playdough

  1. Give each child a lump of play dough. Let them play with the play dough as you give the lesson.


  1. List many things that we do that do not make God happy (not sharing, gossiping, lying, cheating, etc.). With each thing stated, roll a little ball out of play dough and stick it together.

When we tell God that we do not want to do things His way, but rather our own way, we make Him sad. We don’t want to make God sad! When we choose to hurt other people, not tell the truth and forget that we are very loved and important to God, we are missing out on God’s best for us!


  1. Have the children look at the pile of lumps from the play dough.

When God looks at us, this is what we look like to Him, before we ask for His forgiveness. We look like a big pile of yuck! But, thank God, the same God who knows our hearts, our thoughts and minds the most is the same God who wants to clean us from the filthy things we do, say and think. How great is that?! J


  1. When we ask for God to forgive us, He squishes and blots out each and every one of our hurts. He does not remember them any more.

Take your hand and squish your play dough lump pile until it is flat. Remove your hand for the children to look for the lumps. Ask them what they see instead of lumps. Some may not see anything initially, but encourage them to come closer to look.


When the Lord forgives us, not only has our disobedience been wiped away, but He leaves His mark on us (reference the lines from your own hand print on the play dough). It is not by our own goodness that we have been forgiven, but because of the fact that Jesus Christ took the big timeout for us (dying on the cross of Calvary) so that we would not have to. What an amazing God we serve!


“It is I who sweep away your transgressions for My own sake and remember your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25 (HCSB)


“And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.” Hebrews 8:12 (NLT)


“And just as it is appointed for people to die once–and after this, judgment–so also the Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.” Hebrews 9:27-28 (HCSB)

HOMESCHOOLING in COVID…Sight Words in Scripture

Sight Words in Scripture

By Katie Messer


Of: Jesus is the Son of God. (1 John 4:15)


His: Mary was His mother. (Luke 2)


Her: Her husband, Joseph, built things for a living. (Mark 6:3)


The: The free gift of eternal life is through Jesus Christ. (1 John 5:11)


My: The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything that I need. (Psalm 23)


This: This is God’s rule: that you love one another as He loves us. (John 13:34)


On: “Set your mind on things above, not earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2 NIV)


And: Peace from God will guard your hearts and minds in Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

Him: My hope of heaven is in Him (Jesus). (Philippians 3:20)


If: If anyone believes in Jesus, they will be saved. (Titus 3:5)


Off: We must tell the truth and put off old habits that make God sad. (Ephesians 4:25)


Like: I like to follow Jesus. (Mark 1:17)


By: We learn about Jesus by hearing about His life. (Mark 4:9)


I: Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, but through Me.” (John 14:6)


Is: There is always hope in Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:13)


You: God loves you. (1 John 4:9)


At: They were amazed at what Jesus had done. (Luke 9:43)


Have: I have told my friends about Jesus. (Matthew 28:19)


From: People from every nation can accept Jesus into their hearts. (John 3:16)


Or: Neither sadness or hard times can separate us from the love of God. (Romans 8:35)


Words: I will use my words to make Jesus happy. (Psalm 119:12-13)


All: Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul and mind. (Matthew 22:37)


Your: Love your brother and sister. (1 John 4:21)


Can: I can do anything through Jesus Christ. (Philippians 4:13)


Said: Jesus said, “Follow Me.” (Mark 2:14)


Use: I will use my hands to praise God. (Psalm 63:4)


Each: God wants each and every person to go to heaven. (2 Peter 3:9)