Recently, I heard about an attempted robbery at a home not far from where I live.
The would-be-robbers entered a home while the home owners were present. Thankfully, the husband had a shotgun and chased the robbers out of his home. What could have been a horrible situation ended with no injuries.
This incident occurred during a week when my husband was out of town on a business trip. The robbers escaped. So, naturally, I panicked.
The Bible is the most important book in the world. Yet, unfortunately, many Christians never read it.
How about you? Do you read it? And, are you encouraging your kids to read it?
As parents, we need to be intentional about teaching our children to love God’s Words and to seek the Bible’s wisdom on a daily basis.
How can we encourage our kids to make daily Bible reading a habit?
Do you feel like you have no time for family devotions?
On a recent survey, many of you told me that your biggest struggle with family devotions is a lack of time.
I understand this.
Our schedules are so packed that we often feel like we don’t have time to breathe. When we do get an extra 10 minutes in our day, we either collapse in a semi-comatose state watching T.V. or scrolling through facebook, or we put it into hyper-drive and try to get a little more work done.
But, I want to ask you: What is the most important thing that you did today? What is the most important thing on your to-do list tomorrow? Stop for a moment and think about it.
As a Christian, you know that teaching your kids about the God of the Bible is the most important thing that you can do as a parent. There’s no question about this.
Yet, if you are like me, you struggle with making consistent family Bible study or devotions a reality in your home.
Between crazy busy schedules, resistant family members, active kids, and the never ending search for a good devotional that will appeal to all members of our families, we can feel defeated before we even begin.
But, you don’t have to feel this way!
You CAN succeed in family devotions. You CAN teach your children from God’s Word.
Here are four super-simple ways to make consistent family Bible study a reality in YOUR home:
What can you do if your husband refuses to lead your family spiritually?
Now, obviously this is going to be an issue if your husband is unsaved. And, many women are raising their children by themselves and do not have a husband to look to for spiritual leadership. In these cases, the wife must assume this role herself.
But, what about the wife who is married to a Christian man who is refusing to “step up”?
Here’s the scenario: You have been convicted about the importance of family devotions. So you approach your husband. Since he’s a Christian, you’re sure that he will feel just as strongly about family devotions as you do.
I mean, after all, you want to start teaching your kids God’s Word. How could he disagree?
Can we talk candidly for a moment about family devotions?
Honestly, I don’t know of any other topic that can make Christian parents feel like failures as quickly as the topic of family devotions.
Because we have ALL failed time and time again in this area.
If you are a Christian parent, you know that teaching your kids about the God of the Bible is the most important thing that you can do in your parenting.
There’s no question about this.
But yet, many times our mornings are too hectic to possibly squeeze in a couple of minutes of Bible time. Many nights go by when we are just too exhausted from our busy days to put in the emotional, mental, and physical energy to pull the Bible off the shelf and share God’s truths with our children.
And, far too often, these Bible-less days and nights turn into weeks, months, and even years.
I often pass a school sign that has this message for their students in giant letters:
Have a safe and fun summer.
Somehow, this sign strikes me as slightly ludicrous. Are these really our two highest values for our children?
Often, with all of our focus on “safety” and “fun”, I am afraid that we are giving our children a very false idea of life. Because, let’s face it, real life is not exactly safe. Or fun.
As a woman and a mother, my life is filled with demands. I am surrounded by little people who want food at least three times a day. And clean clothes. And to know where I left their soccer cleats.
I am surrounded by little people who want me to meet their every need, to cuddle with them, to comfort them when they are hurt, to entertain them, to find things for them, and to give them my undivided attention.
I am also surrounded by adults who have their own ideas about what I should be doing and how I should be using my time.
On top of this all, I have my own expectations of what I should be accomplishing each day.
And, far too often, I get tired. Like, REALLY tired.