Family Discipleship (Deuteronomy 6:5-7):
February 10, 2019
As you sit down:
At the beginning of the week, carve out some time to sit as a family (family meal or evening discussion) and play a game. Inform your child that they are going to be in a movie where they are both the star and the director. The movie will be about their life. Ask them to describe their story from birth to ... a ripe old age. Encourage them to detail characters and events that have shaped and will shape them into who they eventually will become (e.g., Who are their friends? What school will they attend? When will they get married? Where will they travel? What career will they pursue?). When they finish describing their epic tale, ask them where God appeared in their journey. Help them see through Acts 17:26 that God has crafted their story up to this point and has plans for their future. Be sure to share situations from your own life where you found God working unexpectedly. Challenge them to seek and live out God's plan for them. Acts 17:27 tells us He is never far away. He has placed us where we are for a reason.
As you walk along the road:
As your family goes through their day-to-day routines this week, try to capture small moments to discuss obstacles that might distract or block you from seeking God. How can you get around these obstacles (Acts 17:30)? What can the Holy Spirit do to help?
As you lie down:
Each night this week, talk with your children about how the Bible repeatedly calls us to "seek the Lord." Explain how seeking the Lord is turning our mind's attention and our heart's affection on God. This is not a one-time event, but a continual searching.
"Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God" (1 Chronicles 22:19, ESV).
Challenge them with some questions: What are some different ways we can seek the Lord? What might we try to do tomorrow to seek God?
As you get up:
Each morning, ask your child to review how their life story has played out on the previous day. Did they experience any exciting action scenes that will make the final cut? What situations did God place them in that were challenging? When you hear of a struggle that held them back during the day, remind them of the One who gives them life (Acts 17:25) and encourage them with the fact that we only move through Him and by His purpose (Acts 17:28).
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