Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Family Devotions- It's A Zoo Out There!

Not for one minute am I going to pretend that finding time for family devotions is easy. It is not. But that is all the more reason to make it a priority and fight for a time that works.
When living in the states, the few times that really worked for us were times when we were naturally together. Time in the car on the way to school or at the dinner table.
The second hurdle we faces was what to do. Our kids range in ages from 10 to 17 so that posed a small challenge.
We have had some great success with the book "Voices of the Faithful" You just read a page a day and the focus is on missions.
I also like The One Year Devotions series. They have One Year Devotions for Boys, for GIrls, for Kids, Teens and Preschoolers.

But now that we are homeschooling we have devotions 5 mornings a week, at the beginning of the school day and though I could not be more thrilled with this, I have struggled to find something that they wanted to listen to daily.

Thanks to a friend I used to teach with, we have found the perfect book. I have used it in the classroom and now with my kids and in both settings the kids request it!!! "Are we going to read the zoo book today?"

The stories are true, some funny and some sad. They are a few pages long and tell of the adventures that Gary Richmond had while working for many years in a California zoo. At the end of each story he ties it into a story or lesson from the Bible. My whole family loves these, they are not just for kids!!

So whether family devotions are new to you or you have mastered the art, this book is sure not to disappoint. Grab a copy (you can get it on amazon) and start reading it at the dinner table tonight.

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