Sunday, March 16, 2008

Daily Devotions

Do you spend time daily in the Word of God? Do you spend time as a family reading the Word? There is no better time spent than reading God's love letter to man.

I confess, we struggled for years trying to have consistent Family devotions with our boys - and we're not the only ones. I think because of the impact of this in the lives of our children, the devil will do everything in his power to distract us from that daily time in God's presence.

Finally, through prayer, a sincere desire to put God first in our home, and grace - God gave the grace through a tool that helped us get into "the habit" of daily family devotions.

We've all heard that it takes at least 21 days to form a habit and help it stick. Well, this tool committed us for a whole year - and several years later the habit is still sticking, PRAISE THE LORD!

The tool? It was a copy of "The One Year Bible". This Bible is basically the same as the charts that give you the suggested daily readings from the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Psalms and Proverbs - EXCEPT that the portions are all set in order - so you're not checking the chart or flipping any pages to find the portions for the day.

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Those first days, we only spent 15-20 minutes reading Scripture each day - and we read it all the way through, some parts more than once. It was amazing that we could get through so much in such a little time.

That tool is not a necessity, but for us it gave us the motivation we needed to commit to reading through the Bible in one year and sticking with it. So yes, that year, we read the whole Bible out-loud together as a family.

God tells us, "His Word will not return void." We're here to tell you that it doesn't - we have reaped so much blessing through daily family devotions! And the blessings continue to come ... & multiply. Now, that daily time together before our Lord has become an anticipated part of our day - for the children and for ourselves. Again, all PRAISE to GOD!

Fathers (& mothers too) whatever you deem to be most important will be caught by your children. Give God pre-eminience in all things, give Him time in every day to bring your family before Him - that is the way to pass the baton of faith to the next generation. Let nothing come between!

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