Mary Receives Good News

Family Devotional

(Avance abajo para leer la versión en Español)


“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

Have your kids 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)

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

Memory Verse

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

And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

Luke 1:45, ESV

Conversation Starters

  • Is there anything God cannot do? Is there anything too difficult for God?
  • Does God keep His promises? Does God ever make a promise He does not keep?
  • Why does God want us to believe His word?
  • How are we blessed when we believe God’s word?

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 1:26-56

Mary was an ordinary girl. She lived with her ordinary parents, her ordinary brothers, and her ordinary sisters. Everyday, she did ordinary things—wake up early to pray, read her Bible, let the dog out, feed the chickens, feed the cows, feed the goats, and feed the sheep; bring water from the town’s well, cook, clean the house, and knit. Mary was an ordinary girl.

Mary was an ordinary girl, and one day she would marry an ordinary man. His name was Joseph, and he was an ordinary carpenter who worked with ordinary hammers, ordinary wood, and ordinary nails. Joseph wasn’t only ordinary, he was also poor… so they were supposed to marry only until he had enough money.

On an ordinary day, something extraordinary happened to Mary. An angel came inside the house and said, “Greetings, oh favored one! The Lord is with you!”

Mary was startled.

“Don’t be afraid, Mary—” said the angel, “I bring you good news. You’re going to have a baby, and you must call his name Jesus. He will be great, he will be called the Son of the Highest, God will give him the throne of David (his ancestor)—so he will be king over Israel, and his kingdom will last forever.”

“How can this be?” asked Mary. “I’m a virgin—I’m not married yet.”

The angel, whose name was Gabriel, explained to Mary that she would not need to marry to have a baby because God would do a miracle.

The angel also told Mary that Elizabeth, her cousin, was also going to have a baby even though she was already an old woman. “For nothing is impossible to God” said the angel.

Mary believed the angel’s words. “I am God’s servant.” she said. “Let it be with me according to your words.”

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