My prayer is that this book of family devotions will help your family prepare for a glorious Easter and help you succeed in bringing your family together in the Word. Rather than observing Lent as a set of rules and regulations, let’s make it a time to fix our eyes on Jesus. Lent should be Christ-centered, not me-centered. What a wonderful opportunity Lent gives us to focus on Jesus and His earthly ministry and the meaning of the Gospel.
It isn’t easy to maintain a family devotional habit. Evening activities rush us, leaving little time to gather. Differences in the ages of our children make it difficult to keep everyone engaged in what we are reading. Inevitably, at least one of the kids tunes out. Worst of all, sometimes our kids complain about our attempts to have devotions. Devotions are a time devoted to worship, Scripture, and prayer. These things are not always entertaining, and some kids lose patience and complain of boredom. For parents who yearn for their kids to know and love God, this is crushing. May this devotional help you overcome these challenges.
Each week’s devotions cover a different aspect of Christ’s ministry. While you will be blessed by God’s Word if you can do it daily, you won’t miss the main point of the week if you miss a day or two. If you can’t complete the day’s devotion, do as much as you can in the time that you have, shortening discussion by reading provided answers aloud. We often have our devotional time after our evening meal. Sometimes we take 15 minutes, sometimes 30.
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