Resources for Family Devotion
As a Father of two young boys, I desire to impart to them a vision for God’s glory, an understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and a heart for the spiritual and physical needs of the world. One practice our family has adopted to this end is a weekly time that we call FAMILY WORSHIP. We read the Bible, sing praise songs, and pray for the needs around us. How tragic it will be if we teach our kids to pitch and catch, to dance and tumble, to hunt and fish, to bike and board, to watch TV and dress fashionably, but don’t instill in them eternal truth.
Here are two resources that we are currently using in our FAMILY WORSHIP that can help you impart truth and vision to your young children:
The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm and Gail Schoonmaker
This book tells 26 Bible Stories in creative fashion with unique and colorful illustrations. It tells the complete story unlike many Children’s books that skip over the Fall and the Crucifixion. It’s been a great tool thus far for our family.
Window on the World by Patrick Johnstone and Daphne Spragget
A great resource for anyone with a passion for worldwide missions and a desire to pray for God to open doors around the world. Also a good tool for basic geography. The book gives a 1-2 page summary of a needy and/or unevangelized nation of the world appropriate for early elementary kids and adults. Our oldest son Jack gets to pick a region each week and we read about the needs and pray for the missionaries and churches working in that region. Of course, Jackson’s favorite nation to read about and pray for is Madagascar because of this…
So, if you’re a missionary serving in Madagascar, you should know that there is a five year old boy and his family in Louisiana that are praying regularly for you.
Let me know if you have other good resources that may help parents impart the glory of God to the next generation.