Why Have a Family Time with God?
I once thought we didn’t have time for family devotions. But one day I read a report that said the average family watches over 20 hours of television a week! I wondered if TV time was eating up hours my family could be using to become more like Christ. So, I did a quick check of our TV habits and realized we were watching at least 15 hours of television a week. I was shocked!
I led the way for better family time. I quit watching one of my favorite shows. That gave us time to relax at dinner and talk about how our day went. As we began sharing our joys and concerns, we were soon praying together and reading the Bible together. Now, that family time has become one of the most important things we do together.
Changing habits is difficult, it takes time, but it can be done. Here’s how we did it in our home:
God has really blessed that time of sharing, praying, and Bible reading. Our family devotions have become the foundation of our relationships with each other and with God.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8
Reprinted with permission | Pastor Jeremy Sweatt | Farmington Avenue Baptist Church, West Hartford, CT
Come and Gather: Family Time with God
Introducing Come and Gather: Family Time with God, or what we lovingly refer to as Gather.
Gather is a lovely, 35-page, daily devotional centered around families enjoying time together with God and each other.
This 27-day devotional is divided into 3 parts:
Part One: Days 1-5, is written specifically with husbands and wives in mind. In this part of Gather, husbands and wives will explore 5 Signs of a Functional Family.
5 Signs of a Functional Family includes:
Part Two: Days 6-20, is written with the whole family in mind. It's A Walk Through God’s Word. From Genesis to Revelation we will discuss subjects like God's mercy and protection, being humble, dealing with difficulties, having a teachable spirit, dependence on God, and much more.
Part Three: Days 21-27, is a Men of God Character Study. We'll learn character traits that every Christin should strive to demonstrate in their life straight from characters in God's Word.
At the end of Gather you'll find a place for your family to record specific prayer requests. I love being specific with my prayer request and seeing God answer in specific ways. Recording the answers, as well as the requests, is a great way to help your children see God working in your lives.
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How are you intentional about family time with God in your home?
When I was in the third grade, I memorized Hebrews 11. The whole third-grade class memorized it. All 40 verses! I can still recite much of that passage today. It made a huge impact on my life!
Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah... Hebrew 11 is filled with men and women whose moral and spiritual failings, depravity, sin, and faith give us great hope that only through Christ, in Christ and because of Christ are we accepted into the Kingdom of God.
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
The chapter goes on to tell us of Moses, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets of the Old Testament and their acts of faith, courage and heroism.
I love in verse 4 where it speaks of Able's life, "And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks." Isn't that what we all want to be said of our own lives? And through her faith, though she died, she still speaks. That's my prayer today. Lord, let my faith continue to speak, even after I am gone!
Another favorite part of this passage for me personally is found in verse 8 where it says that Abraham "went out, not knowing where he was going." How many times have I felt God leading me somewhere, but I have no idea where we are going? Maybe you feel this same way today. My prayer with you today my friend is Lord, let me trust you when I have no idea where we are going.
So, two thoughts from Hebrews 11 today:
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The same God who led you in will lead you out.
“God doesn’t waste suffering. If He leads us into impossible spots, He will deliver us in His own time, in His own way, and for His name’s sake.” ―Robert Morgan, The Red Sea Rules
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The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times
Using the Israelites' story as an example, Robert Morgan offers ten sound strategies for moving from fear to faith. Among them: Realize that God means for you to be where you are. Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord. Pray.
Life is hard, especially for Christians. It is certain that we will face difficulties, and that God will allow them, as He allowed the Israelites to become trapped between Pharaoh's rushing armies and the uncrossable Red Sea. But just as certain is the fact that the same God who led us in will lead us out. As The Red Sea Rules makes comfortingly clear, He is in control." --goodreads
Which character in Hebrews 11 is your favorite faith story?
It's our responsibility as parents to teach our children to be more like Christ.
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REBELLION Proverbs 29:1
RESPECT FOR PARENTS Proverbs 20:20
SCHOOL WORK Proverbs 1:7; 3:13-19; 8; 9:10; 16:16
SEX EDUCATION Proverbs 2:16-22; 5:1-23; 6:20-35; 7:1-27; 9:13-18; 23:26-28
Specifically Girls Proverbs 2:6-19
Specifically Boys Proverbs 5:8-13; 6:23-29
SHARING Proverbs 11:24-26; 22:9; 28:27
SNEAKY Proverbs 5:21; 15:3 & 11
STEALING Proverbs 15:16; 21:7; 22:22 & 23; 29:24
TATTLING Proverbs 11:13; 18:8; 20:19
TEACHING YOUR CHILD Proverbs 4:1-27; 22:6
TEASING Proverbs 11:12; 14:31; 15:1; 17:5
THOUGHTS Proverbs 16:3
TRAINING Proverbs 22:6
TROUBLEMAKERS Proverbs 24:19 & 20
UNDERSTANDING Proverbs 2:1-11; 3:3-6; 4:1, 5 & 7; 9:4-6 & 10; 10:13 & 23
VALUES Proverbs 8:1-36; 11:4
VANDALISM Proverbs 22:28; 23:10