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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Driving Devotion

"Teach them (God's laws) to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." Deuteronomy 11:19

Many of my friends have been sharing the ways that they keep their children anchored in God's Word.

There are so many ways to teach our children how to spend time with God each day developing a personal relationship through Bible reading and prayer.

I want these times to be fun, rewarding and fruitful.

We have done so many things in previous years. We have had Good News Club each morning where we sing songs, read a Bible story, learn a verse and do a craft. We have had object lessons and parties to illustrate points that Jesus makes.

This summer we read a Bible story each morning and brainstormed reasons why we think God put that story in His Word. Each child read independently in their children's daily Bible. This kept them in the Word and kept them reading each day.

My visions of the perfect family is one where we sit around the breakfast table having a family devotion and praying together.

My reality is this...

I get up an hour before the kids have to get up. I have already prepared the devotion and Bible reading for the day. I am ready to go. Then...

Child number one gets up and needs her hair rolled. Child number one begins eating breakfast. I wake up child number two and she begins eating breakfast. Child number one needs a glass of juice and a bottle of cold water. Child number two needs a glass of milk. Child number three wakes up and needs a plate of breakfast. Child number four begins to cry from his bed. Child number three needs some juice and warm water. Child number four needs a bottle and some breakfast. Child number one needs help getting dressed. Child number two needs help getting dressed. Child number three needs help getting dressed. Child number four needs changing.

It's time to get in the car.

No prayer, no devotion, no Scripture reading.

We pile into the Mommy-mobile and buckle our seatbelts. As we begin talking about the first day of school.

The previously prepared devotion comes flowing from my mouth. Child number two desires to pray on the way to school.

Children one and three desire to pray before we arrive at the school.

Child number four has a bottle in his mouth and is buckled to a car seat and has no immediate need.

We've done this each day and it has made a time traditionally filled with yelling, "Get your backpack, feet, hands, etc. off me," and "Wait, I forgot..." a pleasurable and productive time of sharing.
Who knew Old Blue would be a vehicle of worship?

So go ahead and get driving.

Last week we did a verse a day on "Doing Your Best."

We used Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, do it with all your heart working for the Lord and not for man."

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Colossians 3:17 "Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord."

1 Corinthians 10:31 "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

Ephesians 5:15-16 "Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil." Or, our version, "Live wise and take every chance to do good."

This week we're doing a verse a day on "God's Great Love."

My prayer is that we would seek the Lord about how and when to set a daily time aside to teach your children the most important lessons they'll ever learn and that we will be consistent and keep trying when we fail and fall out of our routine. Daily routines change and each season adds new challenges. May God release our creativity and flexibility when it comes to making His Word a priority in our children's lives.


Kathryn, Michael & Alex said...

Praise God for grace and mercy and that you can get it when you can.

Teach them to hide God's Word in their hearts and pray about everything!!!!

lisasmith said...

Amen, sista!

Renee Heaton said...

Your day sounds like mine (minus two children)! But I'm pretty sure that yours are a little more hectic than mine by a long shot...even though I feel like mine are more than I can handle every now and then.