We have as a congregation been working our way through the book of Genesis this year so far. I have been asked to write a daily devotional. I want to share chapters 1-40 here.
The next several blog posts will be 5 chapter clumps: I hope these will benefit someone!
Here is the introduction to our Family devotional times:
“Journey of Faith”
Family Genesis Devotional
You are all invited to join us on an incredible journey of faith. Through the months of January, February, and March we will be traveling together through the Book of Genesis. I would like you to challenge parents to take seriously the important call we share to raise our children in the way they should go. Parents are the most significant spiritual resource in the lives of their children. Whether we are good examples or bad examples, we are still examples nonetheless. Our faith, our behavior, our words, our very lives are observed by little eyes. We paint the picture of the divine that our children first learn.
At Chisholm Trail Church in 2012 we want to focus more of our attention and resources encouraging the whole family to “do life” together. I know that we are busy, and I am not asking you to add more to your plate. I am asking you to be even more intentional about the time you spend together as a family. The reward is eternal, and the impact you will leave for your children will reach well into future generations. This year one of the ways we want to encourage families is to spend time together in the Word. Many of your children, and our church children are already studying the book of Genesis for Bible Bowl and LTC. I want to invite you as a family, to read a chapter of Genesis each day as a daily family devotional. We will all be on the same page, so to speak!
“Wait a minute,” someone objects, “I don’t know how to do a family devotional.”
That’s okay. There really is no set pattern or formula for success. To make this work, be consistent, be prayerful, and read aloud together. Maybe take turns and allow other family members to read on different nights/mornings. One chapter a day, five days a week. I want to allow the weekend to be either a break or catch-up days. Reading Scripture together is a rewarding spiritual discipline.
What you will find in this family devotional guide is each day’s daily reading chapter, and a short devotional to use to spark thought or any conversation that may come up. If your kids ask you tough questions, questions that you don’t have the answer to, that is okay. Be honest. They will appreciate your honesty. Genesis is a big book with lots of stories about families. Families who today would be considered less than ideal. God uses imperfect people to accomplish his plans. Will you let God use you today and for the next several weeks? I want to leave you with these words from Deuteronomy 6:4-9, “4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates” (Deut 6:4-9, emphasis mine).
Notice that before we impress the word of God on our children, His word has to be in our hearts first. So, I am praying for you that you will embrace an adventure of faith by growing and sharing~
Your friend and co-traveler,
Practical Tips for your daily Bible reading…
Every family will do it differently, that is ok. The key is to find what works for you and your family. Maybe you set aside the same time each day to read together, I would suggest a time when all members of your household are home and able to be together. Remember, we are moving at a one-chapter-a-day pace.
Don’t rush your family time. Be present in the moment. Be prayerful.
The format will look something like this:
Daily reading: Read Genesis chapter
Summary of the chapter in “our” words.
Food for Thought: (These are optional, if they don’t work for you, that is ok!)
1. What stood out to you today?
2. What is one thing you can take away from this chapter?
Now, see doesn’t that look easy? There’s nothing to this.
One final word of warning: Reading the Bible could seriously change your outlook. You may catch a sense of the wonder and awe that permeates every page. The same God that created the heavens and the earth, that made man his own image, set the flood, blessed Abraham, and sent Joseph into Egypt to save his family is the same God we follow, worship and read about today. God may ask you to journey with him, he may expect you to be willing to give up what is most precious to gain something even better. You may find yourself misty eyed at times, and wondering why so and so would even do such a thing. Your journey of faith is certainly not without mishaps and messes, and neither are the stories of our faith ancestors. We are in good company!