“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
This verse hangs in our home and it’s such a powerful reminder of the environment we are creating. Whether intentionally or not – I’ve never been more aware of the way my actions are already shaping the worldview of my future family. One of my greatest aspirations is that my kids can point to my life as an example of one walked with Jesus well. What better place to start than modeling what it looks like to spend time praying and studying God’s word every day?!
Devotionals can be such a helpful tool for direction in studying the Word and there are some GREAT resources out there! Here’s the 3 our family is currently loving 🙂
His: The most recent book that Jordan used for his quiet time is The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge by Tony Dungy. He was a big fan!
Tony Dungy and his wife also have a book called Uncommon Marriage: What We’ve Learned about Lasting Love and Overcoming Life’s Obstacles Together that we haven’t read yet, but we look forward to after his experience with the Daily Challenge.
Hers: (This really isn’t a gender specific devotional, just the one I’ve been using lately!) New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional by Paul David Tripp. It has been SO good and God has really spoken to me in such a timely way through these short messages each day. Most mornings I actually read this out loud to Finnley and even though he has no idea what the words mean, I feel like it starts us both off on the right foot for the day. I want to be creating the habit of daily time spent with Jesus for my son even before he can remember it and using a tool for direction in my study really helps with consistency!
Kids: Speaking of doing devotions with Finn early – We have the Jesus Calling Bible Storybook by Sarah Young. We LOVE reading it to Finn and the pictures really draw him in. The stories are told in such a kid friendly way, but my favorite part is the popular “Jesus Calling Style” message at the end of each story. A verse is shared along with an age appropriate application. I can’t wait to keep using this as Finn grows in understanding!
So there you have it – The devotions the Carters are into right now! What’s your favorite devotional book you’ve done? Send it my way!
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)