Thursday, August 6, 2009

FAMILY DEVOTIONS

"My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother." Prov.1:8

Shortly after receiving Christ we began having family devotions. Looking back we can't pinpoint why we did that. Something inside of us just seems to say we were responsible for training our children in the Word of God.

We laughed at those early days; Scott and Sherry sitting on the sofa and dad starting with Genesis and reading them the Bible. It wasn't long before we realized this method was way over their heads. We purchased a Bible for children and began reading through that as a family.

Through the years many things changed, but there was one constant. We met together on a regular basis for Bible study and prayer. In the early years, it worked best at bedtime. In the middle years, we met early in the morning. The later years often found us together, at different times, depending on the schedule of two teenagers and their busy parents.

Parents, your children must hear instructions from your lips. It needs to be a regular part of your family life. God intended it to be the glue that binds your hearts together with each other and The LORD.

How often do you gather the family together so they can hear you explain to them what God has said and telling them what God has taught you? Is it once a day, once a Week, or at all? What is your plan for instructing your children in God's ways? Do you need help in learning how? Do you need accountability to maintain what you've started? Have you asked for help or accountability? "Train up a child in the way he should go....."is not a verse to be placed primarily upon Sunday school teachers, Christian school teachers and grandparents. It's a verse for parents.


PB & J

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