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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Getting it Done

Accomplishing family devotions is difficult, particularly when evening activities pull family members in different directions. Rather than throwing in the towel, relax. Carry on with the family members that are home. Determine not to be defeated if you can only manage three nights a week. Discussing the Bible together is a habit worth forming.

Remember: even if your actual devotional attempt is chaotic, with restless kids who seem to be distracted,  just by doing it you are teaching your kids a powerful lesson. God's Word is important. It matters to life just as it was written. We might need to teach our kids and help them see how Scripture relates to their life, but God's Word doesn't need to be re-written or re-packaged to catch their attention.

If you're working your way through Lord, Have Mercy this Lenten season, and your Friday night was crazy--don't worry about it. Do not feel behind.  Go ahead and study the devotion for Saturday today and be blessed by God's Word. Whatever days you need to skip are there waiting for you to do together after Easter.

Today you'll read the Beatitudes and discuss with your family what it means to be poor in spirit and to hunger and thirst for righteousness. With what are you trying to satisfy yourself? Help your kids think deeply and get past the obvious "Sunday school" answer as you lead them through today's discussion.

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