This is part 2 of our series on adoption: 10 Favorite Bible Verses on Adoption by Redeeming Goods. Read part 1 on adoption: Waiting Well over at Redeeming Goods.
Over a year ago, my husband and I started our adoption journey. The wait has been long and hard, but God gives endurance through His Word.
I’ve been compiling a list of Bible verses to encourage us along the journey and wanted to share that list with you!
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“In you the orphan finds mercy.” Hosea 14:3
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In an age of blended families and busy schedules, there's no greater time for us to be deeply rooted in Jesus Christ as a family. Church and Sunday school are essential, but equally if not more important, Christianity must be lived out in the home. Jesus Christ should be front and center in our lives.
We can read all the blog posts we want, but there is no magic formula for building a Christian home short of being rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ. Christian families through the ages have found joy, strength and guidance by committing time daily to read together from God's Word and pray.
HOW DO WE BEGIN?
Setting aside a regular time.
The first step toward establishing an effective family time with God is to be intentional about scheduling. Many families schedule this time after breakfast or dinner. Often, these meals naturally bring the family together and can lead conveniently into a time not only of togetherness, but also a family time with God. Other families find just before bedtime works well.
Whatever time you choose, be sure that the whole family can be together on a regular basis. Consistency is important because it shows that family time with God is a high priority.
WHAT DO WE INCLUDE?
Family time with God can include many activities, but it is important to include at least these three:
READING GOD'S WORD
There are so many ways to be intentional about daily Bible reading with your family.
DISCUSSION OF GOD'S WORD
Discussing the Bible passage your family reads is an important part of family time with God.
PRAYER— PRAISE, CONFESSION & PETITIONS
Communicating with God should be a part of your family time.
God communicates to us through His Word, but it is a one-way conversation unless we lift up our hearts to Him in prayer. Our loving heavenly Father wants us to talk to Him. He delights in our praise confession, and petitions, just like any loving father would.
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
Many families find it helpful to keep a prayer journal. This might include special needs of the family, neighbors, missionaries, church or government leaders. It can also provide a record of answers to prayer. Whatever the answer, we know that God hears and responds according to His will. I like praying specific prayers and keeping a prayer journal.
Some families may wish to include other things in their family time with God like singing hymns or choruses, acting out a Bible story, or doing a craft. These can be meaningful, but there is no need to begin with something so elaborate. Begin with simplicity, and be intentional and consistent. The important thing is to daily, commit to read and discuss God's Word and pray together.
It is often said that the family that prays together, stays together—and the statistics show this to be true. But this is not all. As we seek God daily, we renew our relationship with Him and with each other. He talks with us and we talk with Him. He receives our praise, confession and petitions, and we come to understand the joy of His presence.
If your family has not been intentional about scheduling a family time with God, please consider making this important time a part of your home life beginning today. In doing so, as a family you will "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (II Peter 3:18).
Here's an excellent resource to help you get started:
If you have already established a family time with God in your home, please share your tips for being intentional and keeping it consistent.
"Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His majesty is above earth and heaven." Psalm 148:13
In Old Testament times, names were given not only as identification, but many times a special meaning was attached to the name. All throughout Scripture God reveals Himself to us through His many names. When we study these names that He reveals, we better understand who God is. The meanings behind His names reveal the character and nature of the One who bears them.
Who is God to you? Is He your Most High God, All sufficient One, Master, Lord of Peace, Lord Who Will Provide? Is He your Father, you Jehovah Raah, the Lord your Shepherd?
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EL SHADDAI el shad-di'
All-Sufficient One, Lord God Almighty
Use: In the Old Testament El Shaddai occurs 7 times. El Shaddai is first used in Genesis 17:1.
Meaning: El is another name that is translated as "God" and can be used in conjunction with other words to designate various aspects of God's character. Another word much like Shaddai, and from which many believe it derived, is shad meaning "breast" in Hebrew (some other scholars believe that the name is derived from an Akkadian word Šadu, meaning "mountain," suggesting strength and power). This refers to God completely nourishing, satisfying, and supplying His people with all their needs as a mother would her child. Connected with the word for God, El, this denotes a God who freely gives nourishment and blessing, He is our sustainer.
Further references of the name El Shaddai in the Old Testament: Genesis 17:1; Genesis 28:3; Genesis 35:11; Genesis 43:14; Genesis 48:3
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