“So what’s the point of family devotions? I wonder if it would be helpful to first consider the purpose it hasn’t served in my family. Family devotions has not been a means through which we have obeyed a specific law or fulfilled an explicit command. There is no commandment in either the Old Testament or the New that tells Christian families they must spend time reading and praying together each day. So we haven’t prioritized it for that reason.”
I have been previewing Wyatt’s devotional book we just started for the year. Prereading so that I:
- Can ask questions for bedtime discussion/prayer
- Know what he is reading/accountability
The devotional entry for today was titled “It’s all about the Thumbs”. It talks about how we act and ultimately behave on social media. I thought the entry was bit funny as Wyatt isn’t on social media (Facebook has a rule where you have to be at least 13 years old to open an account). I am thankful we have not had to go down that road yet.
Verse of the Day:
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. – Luke 6:35 (NIV)
After surveying the entry for today, I wrote down some questions for him to think on/answer before we talk tonight (he writes his answers down in a small notebook):
- How can you show kindness to others while playing video games (which IS something he does with his thumbs)?
- What makes you mad when playing video games?
Having a devotional time with your kids doesn’t have to be long. The key is moving forward and doing something while being intentional. Already, in the few days we’ve been going through this new bedtime routine, I’ve noticed that the discussion questions have given us specific needs to pray over. This is a good thing as I’m often not sure what to pray over with him.
362 days to go. Habits take 2-3 weeks to take hold. Why not start a devotional time, with your own kids, and join me?
My wife sent this devotional to me this morning. I mention on my About page, which I recently redid, that: “I’m not where I thought I’d be and yet I’m exactly where God wants me.” The quote below, from the devotional, goes along with that.
The life you have today, and all it includes or doesn’t include, is the life God has given you. It’s the life you’re supposed to love, despite what it looks like. It’s the only life you have, and the only life you’re going to get. You can live it abundantly with joy based on Christ alone or let life pass you by as you allow problems, disappointments or drudgery to steal your zest for living.
The Big Dreams, Big Prayers Bible for Kids is a hardbound children’s Bible for ages 9-12. Features include:
- Reading plans that both introduce and offer a guided tour of the Bible.
- Highlighted verses to memorize, engage, and pray over.
- Devotions perfect for personal or even family discussion.
- Prayer journaling pages to help begin the practice of recording prayers and answers to prayer.
- Glossy inserts explain how to use the Bible, how to pray, and how to be a Christian.
- Easy to use Topical Index.
I enjoyed the overall focus and theme of Big Dreams, Big Prayers Bible for Kids. The hardbound cover provides durability; the size makes it easy for kids to hold. The print is clean and simple to read. Color choice is mature yet eye-catching. I will add that this Bible does not include maps to provide location context.
My family and I enjoyed the devotions. They are quick and thought-provoking. Perfect for after dinner discussions at the end of the day. But also applicable for personal use or small group teaching.
My wife and I both agree that this would be a perfect future Bible for our son. We’d definitely recommend Big Dreams, Big Prayers Bible for Kids.
I was given a copy of this book by BookLook Bloggers. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1
Every story has a beginning.
In the way back year of 1972, Allan Alcorn created a small game by the name of Pong. Taking the concept of table tennis to the two-dimensional realm, Pong pitted two players against each other with two in-game paddles and a ball. The graphics were simple; the gameplay addictive. Pong may not be the very first video game ever created but Pong has been credited with demonstrating that money could be made with video games. Pong was the beginning.
Just as the video game industry was launched with Pong, the Biblical book of Genesis serves as the starting point for humanity. Notice in the verse above (Genesis 1:1) that God created the heavens and the earth. This was our press start moment.
What game features your favorite beginning?
Welcome to the Sunday edition of the Surf Report.
.: God :
Met with my accountability partner this afternoon. We walked 6 miles and got to catch up from last week. Discovered that the City of Longview has both a park for big and small dogs. Size discrimination is okay in the dog world, I guess.
This past week, my wife and I started a new devotional book, Moments with You by Dennis and Barbara Rainey. We had been looking for a quick devotional book to go over in the morning and this looks to fit the ticket. The devotionals consist of a short story/ lesson, questions to ponder, and a suggested focus for your prayer time afterwards. I’ll have to let you all know how this book works out. Consider a review incoming.
.: Life :
Spent my Saturday evening gaming it up with a good friend of mine. He taught me how to play Dungeon Defenders. The game is a mix of a hack’n’slash and a tower defense game. Had a really good time until my computer overheated. Had been downloading stuff all day and for some reason this pushed the laptop to its breaking point. BAM! Black screen of nothingness.
.: Gaming :
Started to play the Mass Effect 3 demo the other night. I stopped when I realized that the quickly made up Shepherd character I was playing with was not “my Shepherd”. Also didn’t want to ruin the ME3 storyline. Consider the demo deleted and the game hopefully pre-ordered soon.
That’s it for this weeks Surf Report. Make sure to comment below and have a good week!
1 Don’t turn a deaf ear when I call you, God.
If all I get from you is
I’d be better off
in the Black Hole.
2 I’m letting you know what I need,
calling out for help
And lifting my arms
toward your inner sanctum.
– Psalm 28:1-2 (The Message)
Over the past few days, I have been reading in Psalms as part of my morning devotion. Something that has really struck me, in my reading, is how much David whines to God. David never minces words, he tells God exactly how he feels. I like how he compares deafening silence, on God’s part, to living in a black hole.
6 Praise be to the LORD,
for he has heard my cry for mercy.
7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.
8 The LORD is the strength of his people,
a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
9 Save your people and bless your inheritance;
be their shepherd and carry them forever.
– Psalms 28:6-9 (The Message)
Notice that David lets God know what he needs (prays), humbles himself (assumes the right posture), and then gets an answer.
The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
– Psalms 28:7a (The Message)
- Due to God being David’s strength, he trusts God.
- Due to God being David’s shield, David knew that God would continually help him.
When my wife and I were first married, my in-laws let us borrow their copy of Night Light: A Devotional for Couples to do together. Quite quickly we concluded that the devotional was meant for older couples. This made us start searching for a devotional that was fun and even sexual! After some searching, we ended up purchasing Songs in the Key of Solomon: In the Word…and in the Mood by John and Anita Renfroe.
Songs in the Key of Solomon is playful, thoughtful, and most of all tries to connect couples at a deeper level. As the title suggests, Songs in the Key of Solomon: In the Word…and in the Mood weaves it’s way through the Biblical book of Song of Solomon (most of the time). At the beginning of each mini-chapter, the daily entry suggests a particular position, place, or action from which to read the entry from. For example, today it suggested that we sit outside our son’s room as we read about how children are a blessing from the Lord. Each chapter also closes with questions for discussion. This morning, one of the questions asked, “what did you enjoy about our lives prior to having children?” Overall, we have enjoyed slowly meandering through this devotional and highly recommend it to others. In fact, we usually give this as a wedding gift. So if your one of our friends who isn’t married, this book is on its way…after ya tie the knot!