Psalm 143:8, “Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.”
Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, Lord. As I wake in the morning and begin my day with you, show me through your Word the exact verses I will need for that day. As a wife of 18+ years and a homeschooling mother to five children, life is busy. It is very easy to become self-centered, as we are sinful man. I so desire for God to show me His will each day for my life. My life is different from yours. My husband has different needs for me than your husband would possibly have. My children, as I teach and train them everyday, have different needs and weaknesses that I must help them to overcome. It is a wonderful joy to seek the Lord each morning and witness the Lord providing scripture for me to meditate on throughout the day. I know He is real, and I know He hears and answers my prayers. He is my strength when I am weak. I praise the Lord for His salvation to me.
To see our life through God’s eyes is the best perspective we can have. What is the Biblical way to handle the choices we will need to make each day? Where can we go for answers? When change comes to our life, when tragedies and accidents occur, what do we do? How do we respond? Have we been with the Lord during that morning? Do we have a verse that we have been clinging to all the day? Oh, Lord, help us to see through your Word every morning. Help us to be a light to those precious souls you have put into our lives.
I believe we can learn something from everybody, especially those who are a little farther ahead in their Christian walk than we are. One bit of godly parenting wisdom we received about seven years ago was from our Young Couple’s Sunday School teachers. They had a rule in their home for their children that said, “No Bible, no breakfast!” My husband and I loved that and put it into practice the very next day. This has now become an unspoken rule in our home. Our children have formed the habit of reading their Bibles before breakfast. We, too, have formed this wonderful habit!
Helps for your family with their Bible reading this new year of 2014:
1. No Bible, no breakfast. The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters, so for each day of the month, you would read the corresponding Proverbs. On day 1, read Proverbs 1. Two great resources for Bible reading are Picture Proverbs by S. M. Davis and www.Bible.is.
2. Ask your children what they read in their Bible. It is amazing what God shows them in their Bible reading. What a blessing it is! Have a time during a meal that everyone shares what they learned or maybe a Bible verse that they planned to apply to their life. From the littlest to the oldest, it is a blessing to see God’s Word coming alive for them.
3. Have a routine. I like to get up around 5 a.m. to begin my devotions. I developed the form below to use every morning for my devotion time. I print these and file them in 3-ring binders, and I now have the last six years of praises, prayer requests, confessions, and journaling to the Lord preserved. What an encouragement to look back and see how great God has been to us! I encourage you to take a look at it. Feel free to save and print this form from your computer or use it as an idea to create one to personally fit your devotional needs.
4. Read missionary stories aloud to your family. Listen to godly audio books and stories. Download godly music and preaching sermons to play in your home and vehicles. Lamplighter Theater has many wonderful dramatized audio stories teaching godly character. Our family loves these and oftentimes will listen to them during part of our 50 minute commute to church and back. Our family loves to download and listen to the sermons by Pastor Jeff Fugate and the music from our church website.
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