Family Devotional #2

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

The purpose of family devotions is to teach the family to love God. To accomplish this, the family must make God’s word their focus of coversation and the principle that guides their lives. This devotional is made to help you do that.

  • Memorize the verse throughout the day
  • Review the verses from previous posts throughout the week
  • Use the conversation starters to discuss God’s word at dinner
  • Use the prayer points to guide your prayer after dinner
  • Tell the kids the story when they go to bed

Consider rewarding your kids with their favorite candy or dessert for verses they memorize and remember.

Also, consider having your family do something creative to express what they are learning:

  • Make a drawing or a painting representing the story or principles
  • Use playdough to make a representaton of the story or principles
  • Use puppets, stuffed animals, or even toys to act out the story
  • Sing a song about the story or principles (find the song online, or make up one)

Memory Verse

If memorizing the whole verse is too difficult, memorize only the underlined portion.

And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.”

Luke 1:20, ESV

Conversation Starters

  • Does God alwayse use angels to send his word to people?
  • Where do we find God’s word today?
  • Why is it good (beneficial) for us to believe God’s word?
  • Why is it be bad (detrimental) for us not to believe God’s word?
  • Why does God reward us when we believe Him and obey Him?
  • Why does God discipline us when we do not believe Him and when we disobey Him?

Prayer Points

  • Praise God because He is worthy of our trust (faith).
  • Thank God for His blessings on our lives.
  • Ask Him to help you believe HIs word and obey it.

Bed Time Story

Based on Luke 1:5-25, 57-66

A long time ago, there was a priest named Zechariah who had a wife named Elizabeth. Both were old already, and they had no children.

One day, Zechariah went to the temple to offer incense [Do you know what incense is? It is made of dry leaves and flowers that smell very good when you burn them]. While Zechariah was burning the incense at the altar, an angel appeared to him.

Zechariah was afraid because the angel was very impressive [His face and clothes were probably shining very brightly]. But the angel told Zechariah not to be afraid because God had sent him to deliver a message of good news for Zechariah.

The message was that he and Elizabeth would finally have a child, and that the child would become a great prophet of God [A prophet used to be someone who delivered God’s messages to the people]. According to the angel, through the child’s preaching, many people would repent of their sins and ask God to forgive them. Moreover, the angel said that Zechariah should call the child John [What is your name? Who gave you that name?].

However, Zechariah did not believe the angel. Therefore, as punishment, the angel made him mute for some time [a mute is someone who cannot speak].

Finally, the child began to grow in Elizabeth’s womb until he was born. Do you now how children are born? What are children like when they are born?

The relatives and neighbors of Zechariah and Elizabeth came to know the child, and they began to call him little Zechariah. They thought he was named after his dad. Nevertheless, Elizabeth told them that the name of the child was no Zechariah. Therefore, they asked Zechariah what the child’s name was. Since Zechariah couldn’t speak because he was still mute, he wrote on a little tablet that the name of the child was John.

Since Zechariah obeyed God by calling the child John, God gave him back his ability to speak, and Zechariah praised God [What does it mean to praise?].

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