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If you’ve been following along with the Step By Step series it’s been a month of making very steady progress in doing devotions in your household. All the experts say it takes 21 days to make something a habit, so you should be well on your way to making family devotions a serious commitment to God. Good for you!
You’re now ready to kick it up, just a notch. I still don’t want you to push things to the point of being overwhelmed. I don’t doubt your enthusiasm, but I’d rather you shoot for consistency instead of zeal. God will appreciate the zeal, but I think He’d rather see you and your family actually spend regular time in His Word than intend to and not actually get around to it.
You should be feeling more comfortable with praying out loud with your family, reading together and discussing what you are learning. For the next four weeks, I want you to pick one of the following things to add to your family devotion routine:
- Add one more day to your meeting time(s);
- Add singing a hymn or singing along with a song on CD or tape;
- Begin a prayer list and begin praying for others.
Choose just one of these items to add to your routine. Adding a hymn or beginning a prayer list will add a little time to your meeting, but the reading and discussing of the Bible should still only take about 10-15 minutes (unless discussion is really taking off for you!).
Enjoy what kicking up your family devotions a notch will bring to your family. You’ll find your family drawing closer to each other and making God more central to who you are. God can’t help but bless your obedience!
Please let me know how you are doing as you proceed through these steps. I’d love to rejoice with you and encourage you however I can!
Homework: 1. Continue dedicating your time together to the Lord in prayer.
2. Continue in your Bible study.
3. Keep connecting with your accountability family.
4. Turn any frustrations or doubts you have over to the Lord.
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