Verse of the day: And now you also have heard the truth, the good news that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, He identified you as His own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom He promised long ago. (Ephesians 1:13)
Midday Tidbit: According to a study by Salary.com, if a full-time stay-at-home mom were paid market wages for all her work, she would earn $134,000 a year. To reach that figure, they calculated the earning power of the 10 jobs moms said most closely described what they do: housekeeper, day care teacher, cook, computer operator, facilities manager, van driver, janitor, chief executive, psychologist, and laundry machine operator.
Midday Devotional: An Act of Kindness for a Broken Heart
This story was shared anonymously by a caller to a Chicago radio show.
"Hi Mommy," said Susie. "What are you doing?"
"I'm making a casserole for Mrs. Smith next door," said her mother.
"Why?" asked Susie, who was only six years old.
"Because Mrs. Smith is very sad; she lost her daughter and she has a broken heart. We need to take care of her for a little while."
Susie thought seriously about how she could do her part in caring for Mrs. Smith. A few minutes later, Susie knocked on her door. After a few moment Mrs. Smith answered the knock and greeted Susie.
"My mommy says that you lost your daughter and you're very, very said with a broken heart." Susie held her hand out shyly. In it was a Band-Aid. "This is for your broken heart." Mrs. Smith gasped, choking back her tears. She knelt down and hugged Susie.
Mrs. Smith accepted Susie's act of kindness and took it one step further. She purchased a small key ring with a plexiglass picture frame and placed Susie's Band-Aid in the frame to remind herself to heal a little every time she sees it. She wisely knows that healing takes time and support. It has become her symbol for healing, while not forgetting the joy and love she experienced with her daughter.