Since January, I have had the privilege of having both of my kids home again. They are both a blessing to have around the house, and my wife and I decided to make best use of the short time we will have them here. So… we have a time of family devotion every Tuesday night.
For the past five weeks, we have been going through Dr. George Guthrie’s study Read the Bible for Life. We are rotating the leader of the study each week. I’ve got to say, although the RTB4L material is a basic overview of the Bible, I am learning something new every week. Dr. Guthrie’s emphasis on being obedient to what we read has been a great encouragement.
This past week’s study (week 5 – Reading the Psalms) was incredible. I forgot that I was working through a workbook! Instead, I found myself praying through a couple of psalms a day. I found the effort of identifying a specific area of my life while reading and praying through the psalm to be not only comforting personally… it has also been a great way to remind me that God is faithful, and to be obedient by being faithful myself.
In addition, my family is talking about the study during the week. We are also memorizing a verse a week. Last night we practiced our verses at the dinner table. We are sharing what we discover during the week.
Read the Bible for Life has not only blessed me personally. I am also seeing it bless my family too. It has been especially gratifying to me as a parent to know that I am giving my kids a tool that will help them in their walk with God, and how their walk with God impacts their daily lives as well.
You may be looking for something to help with your family devotion. You may have been wanting to start a family devotion experience yourself. I would encourage you to give Read the Bible for Life a try. Although it is written more for a small group or discipleship group study, it is working very well for our family as a resource for our family devotions.