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“I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11. These beautiful words from our great God and Savior, are steadfast and true! This applies to you and to me and all of our precious children. It is one of my favorite go-to verses when feeling anxious about the future. Every morning I spend time in the Bible and in prayer. This is my special “alone time” with the Lord. Everyone’s “special time” will be different because we all have different schedules. We need to schedule a specific time each day and commit to it. Even more importantly, we need to lead our kids into daily devotion and prayer time. Daily devotions for kids are important! I found an awesome year-round daily devotion for children that includes family participation too. This will get your kids excited about the Bible and they are gonna have a blast too!
Why a daily devotion?
Matthew 6:11 says “Give us this day our daily bread.” Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ stated these words when He taught the Lord’s Prayer. Daily bread is just what it means – daily. Bread is referring to God’s Words, the Bible.
Deuteronomy 8:3 states “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” This scripture is saying that man does not live by “physical food” alone, but lives by every word that comes from the Lord.
Every day we must eat food for our bodies or else we will die. It is the same for our spirit and soul. If we do not read and absorb God’s Word (our spirit and soul’s food), we will die spiritually. This is what is meant in the scripture verse above. “Man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.”
As I stated earlier, everyone has different work and school schedules. The best thing you can do for yourself and your child is to sit down together and decide when the best time would be for each of you to set aside for “devotional time.”
For myself, I prefer the mornings when I get up and have my coffee. This is when the house is quiet and I am alone with my Bible and the Lord. This is the most precious time of my day. I read, pray and seek the Lord’s direction for the day.
This is a commitment, but so very important. It is times like this I find the greatest joy and peace that only Jesus can give.
For your child, maybe mornings are not the best time. So, maybe set aside time after school or right after dinner. Sit down with your child and pick a time that will work.
Choose a special place
It is important that you choose a spot in your home that is free of distractions. Turn off the TV, silence the cell phones, and put away any other items that would cause an interruption.
A family devotion
Here is the devotional that I highly recommend to you if you are looking for one that can involve all your children and you. Take a look at the link below.
Pictured above is a great devotional for your kids and the whole family. This will really be a great way to start your children in the habit of having their “special time” with the Lord.
The reading age is from 6 to 12 years old. There are 365 devotionals which means there is one for every day of the year.
The devotionals start off with a Bible verse. Then it talks about the Bible verse and how your child can apply it to himself/herself.
Next, there is a “do” section. There will be a fun activity for your child to do and if you have other children they can do the activity together.
There is another section that directs them to pray. It gives a prayer to guide your child in learning how to pray.
Lastly, there are a couple of additional scriptures for your child to look up in his/her Bible.
If you are interested, I have a prior post for a “kid’s study Bible” and you can click here for the post => Train Up Your Child in God’s Way.
Building hope and expectation from God
The book of Romans 10:17 states “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Our faith in God will be made stronger and stronger the more we read His word. This is important for your children and for you.
The Bible is filled with beautiful promises and hope for all of our futures. The more your child reads, studies, and absorbs the Lord’s word, the closer he/she will be with Him and the more emotionally secure he/she will be. Again I will post: “I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11.
Expect great things from the Lord! He is faithful to His word!!
A lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path
Psalm 119:105 states “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.”
The Lord promises to lead and guide us throughout our entire lifetime. His word is true and sure. You can trust the Lord to keep ALL of His promises to you and your children.
As the scripture above states, His word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path which means He lights up our path and leads us to His perfect will for our lives. When you follow Jesus, you will have good success.
See Joshua 1:8: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. ”
Psalm 48:14 states “For this is God, Our God forever and ever; He will be our guide Even to death.”
I encourage you to click the link below to see more about this devotional and get one for your family today! You and your family are gonna love it!
If we pick a special time each day for our alone time with the Lord, we will find true peace in this troubled world. When we keep our focus on the Lord, we have true joy in knowing He holds all of our tomorrows. We need never worry about a thing.
Philippians 4:6 -7 states “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
He loves us with an everlasting love and will keep us safe from all harm and He will provide for our every need. I sincerely hope that you found this blog helpful and it encourages you to set and keep a devotional time for yourself and your children.
Questions or comments?
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God Bless You and Yours,