Family Devotions Guide

Several weeks ago Bjorn Anderson preached on the integrated life as it applies to our families.  He talked about how Jesus must come first and when that happens Christ’s love flows to our families.  He encouraged us to consider practices throughout the week where we gather as a family to discuss and remember who God is and what He has done for us.

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One practice I attempt to do with my children is daily devotions.  I don’t know about you but I find trying to have regular devotions with kids hard many days.  When I start the morning with a drooly infant throwing food on the floor, or a grumpy toddler refusing to eat, the last thing I want to do is praise God with them.  And yet those are the very days my kids and I need to spend time with Jesus the most and receive his love yet again.  Devotions can feel like another thing to check off on our to do list.  But instead, they are about creating a space for God to work in our hearts and the hearts of our kids, even if my daughter is dancing circles around me while I read the Jesus Story Book Bible.

Below I have compiled a list of resources to use in beginning or growing a family devotion time.  This is by no means an exhaustive list.  If there’s a particular area you are interested in and want more resources, please email me-I’d love to share what I know or find more for you.

Hearing God’s Word Resources

Responding to God’s Word Resources

  • Sing the Bible with Bugs and Slugs-Scripture memory for toddlers and preschoolers.  Slightly zany and fun.  (http://www.slugsandbugs.com/)
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Discussion Guide for 10/26

This month’s verse: For it is by grace you have been saved–and this not of yourselves.  It is a gift of God. –Ephesians 2:8, Grace (La Le Da), Seeds of Faith, Track 2

Below are the scripture references and some questions discussed during DIG classes on 10/19.

Preschool-The Ten Ways to Live, excerpts from Exodus 19-20, Deuteronomy 6:4-6 

I wonder how Moses felt going up the Holy mountain?

I wonder what Moses and God talked about?

I wonder if it’s hard to love God and to love people, as God shows in the 10 commandments?

K-1-The Present (Jesus Storybook Bible), excerpts from Genesis 22

I wonder why God wanted Abraham to give him his son, Isaac?

I wonder what Abraham and Isaac felt as they walked up the mountain?

I wonder what God’s present to the world is?

2-4-Esther 5,7,8

I wonder how Esther felt as she prepared the banquet for the King and Haman?

I wonder why the King listened to Queen Esther’s plea to save the Jews?

I wonder what God is doing behind the scenes in this story?

Middle School-October’s Theme: Who is God?

What does it mean that God is Trinity? (Romans 1:7-9, Acts 5:3-4, John 17)

Discussion Guide for 10/19

This month’s verse: For it is by grace you have been saved–and this not of yourselves.  It is a gift of God.  Ephesians 2:8

Below are the scripture references and some questions discussed during DIG classes on 10/19.

Preschool-Exodus, excerpts from Exodus 1:1-15:21 

I wonder how it feels to be hungry and not have any food?

I wonder how it felt when God led the People of God through the water to freedom?

Now that the People of God are free from the Egyptians, I wonder which way they will go? How will they know the way?

K-1-The Son of Laughter (Jesus Storybook Bible), excerpts from Genesis 12-21

I wonder why Abram and Sarai had such a hard time believing God’s promises?

I wonder why God allowed Abram and Sarai to get so old before they had Isaac?

What did it feel like when they first held baby Isaac in their arms?

2-4-Esther 3,4

I wonder why Haman hates the Jews and wants to destroy them?

I wonder why Esther decides to help rescue the Jews from Haman’s plan?

I wonder what God is doing behind the scenes in this story?

Middle School-October’s Theme: Who is God?

What does it mean that God is eternal?  How could he have always existed? (Ps 145:3, Rom 11:33, Ps 139:6)

Discussion Guide for Sunday 10/12

This months memory verse: For it is by grace you have been saved–and this not of yourselves.  It is a gift of God.  Ephesians 2:8

Below are the scripture references and several questions discussed during DIG on 10/12.

Preschool-Abram and Sarai, Genesis 12, 13

I wonder how Abram and Sarai felt when they were told to move to a new home?

I wonder if you have ever gone somewhere and didn’t know where you were going?

I wonder what God was doing when Abram and Sarai were traveling between these places?

K-1-A Giant Staircase to Heaven (Jesus Storybook Bible), Genesis 11

I wonder why the people decided to build the tower of Babel?

I wonder why God wasn’t pleased with them?

I wonder what it was like when the people all spoke different languages to each other?

2-4-Esther 1,2

I wonder why Vashti refused to go in to see King Xerxes and why did the King take away her queenship?

I wonder if Esther wanted to become queen?

I wonder what God is doing behind the scenes in this story?

Middle School-October’s Theme: Who is God?

What does it mean that God is our Creator? (Genesis 1)

10/5 Discussion Guide

This months memory verse: For it is by grace you have been saved–and this not of yourselves.  It is a gift of God.  Ephesians 2:8

Below are the scripture references and several questions discussed during DIG.

Preschool-Noah, Genesis 6:9-9:29

I wonder how it felt to be in the ark in all that rain?

I wonder how it felt to be washed clean and start all over again?

I wonder how God felt about the animals and people in the ark?

K-1-A New Beginning (Jesus Storybook Bible), Genesis 6-9

I wonder why the neighbors laughed at Noah as he built the ark?

I wonder why God promised to never destroy the world again?

I wonder how Noah and his family felt as they left the ark?

2-4-Daniel 6

I wonder why the officials were jealous of Daniel?

I wonder why God allowed Daniel to go into the lion’s den?

I wonder how Daniel felt while he was in the den?

Middle School-no class

Welcome!

We are launching a blog about DIG!  Each week, I will write about the previous Sunday’s DIG classes.  I will include the week’s bible stories, scriptures, and eventually discussion guides to use with your children to process the week’s lesson.

In addition, I plan to include posts with how you can recreate the reflection process we use in DIG at home, recommended book and music lists to use with your children and more!  I hope for this blog to be a resource for parents as you seek to be your child’s first discipler.  Please let me know if you have specific questions or interests about our children’s spiritual development that you would like me to address.0C1A3884