Experiencing God at Home Day by Day: A Family Devotional
by Tom Blackaby and Rick Osborne
Over the years, our family has tried many devotionals and read through several children’s Bibles, and I am now excited to use Experiencing God at Home Day by Day: A Family Devotional during these daily times of spiritual training for our children. As an adult, I’ve also worked through the Experiencing God study several times and wanted my children to have similar access to materials that help them discover God’s Word and hear God’s voice.
We’ve found that some family devotionals work better than others. Some simply skirt the surface of spiritual issues, remaining ultimately superficial. Some don’t encourage actual time in the Bible itself. Some had lessons that were too long (or even boring) and others that were too brief to provide our older daughters with any true substance.
This devotional manages to answer those concerns. The introduction urges parents not to skip over the Scripture reading and to spend time opening God’s Word up with their children. In addition, parents are given the encouragement to engage in spiritual discussions and training with their kids, as well as some tips on how to do so for those who want so much to teach their kids the Bible, but don’t know where to start.
I loved that each day’s devotional reading began with a Scripture reference for the family to look up in their own Bible, followed by a quick discussion question to get kids and parents talking. The devotional lessons themselves are short and to the point, but full of information about the Bible or the Biblical accounts being covered. Then, the family is encouraged to pray together.
My very favorite aspect to this devotional is the conclusion each day with Quiet Time activity ideas for both younger and older children. This is so helpful in a family with both preschoolers and older kids so that everyone is engaged in learning the lesson, but at different levels.
It’s also wonderful to have a tool to help my elementary age children begin to do quiet times and devotions on their own and to take some responsibility for their spiritual walk. I’ve often wanted a tool to help me bridge that transition from me reading the Bible to them to them reading it on their own. This devotional works well for that.
The book contains 50 weeks of devotional studies, each week organized by a Biblical account that will walk you through Scripture from the Garden to the New Heaven and Earth described in Revelation. It’s a comprehensive devotional that will give families a great overview of the Bible. Parents begin each week with an introduction to the lessons and then there are another five days’ worth of readings for the family.
The authors also include special theme devotionals for events such as holidays, but also the birth of a new baby, the last day of the school year, sad times, disasters in the news, and weddings.
For me, the flexibility in the devotional is also a huge help. Our lives are so busy and we try to make family devotionals a priority, but don’t always have as much time some nights as others to engage in all of the activities this devotional suggests. Yet, this book doesn’t assign the readings to a calendar date. Instead, the entries are simply marked Day 1, Day 2, etc. through each week. So, if you miss a day (or two), there’s no scramble to catch up. You can just continue where you left off. That’s a great way to set a family up for success rather than discouragement and failure so we can disciple our kids as God intended!
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