Thoughts

I Don’t Deserve It!

My reading plan landed in Ruth 2 this morning, and verse 13 stood out to me.

She said, “Oh sir, such grace, such kindness – I don’t deserve it. You’ve touched my heart, treated me like one of your own. And I don’t even belong here!”

What struck me about Ruth’s statement is this – in a sense, God has done the same for me. He’s touched my heart, grafted me into His family even though I didn’t belong. I didn’t deserve this, not even close. This is grace.

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Family Devotion Time

We try to do a daily devotion with our kids each night around the dinner table. Each of the devotions are written at such a level, that even our youngest (8) can fully participate in the conversation.

Family What?

“Family devotions”, you say!  “They’re one of those families”, you exclaim!

I used to think the same thing before we made ourselves adopt this habit.  We still have a TV, we still send our kids to public school, and we don’t have a large smacking paddle engraved with verses of scripture – and yet we have family devotion time.

It’s A Gauge.

Previously I could have told you my kids knew Jesus, but that’s really all I would have had to say.  Now after daily dialog, I can gauge how deep their relationships with God really are.  I can discern where they need encouragement or have questions.

To my surprise, I’ve actually been blown away with some of the answers my kids have been coming out with during our discussions.

Praying Together.

I do like it when the kids pray – especially on behalf of the family as whole. It’s like they have a stake in our family walk with God.  They get to talk to God on our behalf and conclude our devotion time.

It’s also a wonderful habit to form – not just being comfortable to pray in front of people, but regular prayer time with God.

Unity and Peacefulness.

Everyone looks forward to it.  The kids remind us if it looks like we are going to forget.  We have always aimed to eat together around a table each evening, so it was a fairly natural progression to tag on our devotion time.

It’s a time of family unity, and peacefulness (most of the time).  We all are focused on one thing together for a short time each day and there’s something very rewarding about that.

Challenge

If you don’t already do this with your family, why not give it go?  The book we currently use is One Year Book of Josh McDowell’s Family Devotions 2 (Beyond Belief Campaign) and I’d highly recommend it.

If you try it, I’d love to know how you get on.

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A Gentle and Quiet Whisper

Then he was told, “Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God. God will pass by.” A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper.

(1 Kings 19:11, 12 MSG)

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God Looks Into The Heart

When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Here he is! God ’s anointed!” But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.

(1 Samuel 16:6, 7 MSG)

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If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.

But Even If He Does Not… (Daniel 3:17-18)

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