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Daily Family Devotion + 365 Daily Answers to What Would Jesus Do? WWJD? (book review)

Open Windows Summer 2012

Open Windows Summer 2012

My daughter and I do a daily devotion, or try to do it daily. We have missed a day here and there, but I try to make sure we do it daily.

We use this publication, Open Windows to do our daily devotion. We get it from our church. It has a Bible scripture, a verse and a segment to read on. We also use the book 365 Daily Answers to What Would Jesus Do? WWJD? It had a daily What Would Jesus Do. It gives a short story too. We will read that along with the Open Windows.

I will read the Bible scriptures and my daughter will read from the Open Windows and also the 365 Daily Answers to What Would Jesus Do? WWJD? book. I will do the prayer before and after.

When we start our devotion, I always open with a prayer and close with a prayer as well. When we have our church’s monthly newsletter, I will also read the article that the pastor’s wife writes. I read from the New International Version Bible, the Open Windows version we use has the King James Version. So we do use multiple versions of the Bible.

365 Daily Answers to What Would Jesus Do? WWJD?

365 Daily Answers to What Would Jesus Do? WWJD?

When we do our family devotion, I always make sure the television (TV) is turned off. I put my phone to silent and won’t answer my phone during that time either.

I believe that turning off the TV and silencing your phone gives all the attention to the Lord. So you can stay focused and have no distractions. I also believe everyone able, should be a part of the devotion. Each member of the family should have a role or even change the roles each day so each person can do something. One person can pray one day and other person another. This can help build involvement in the Word and help you and the family study better. We are to study God’s Word and live it!

My family also attends a Bible study every other Friday at a church members house. We also attend Sunday School and Discipleship Training. Both of those are offered at our church. We have Sunday School before the morning worship and then we have Discipleship Training before the evening worship. At these we will share what some of the scriptures say in other versions of the Bible.

The 365 Daily Answers to What Would Jesus Do? WWJD? has an ISBN of 0-06-063876-1.  I found three copies at the used bookstore and purchased three. I gave one to my oldest niece and she loves it. I use one for my family, plus I gave the other one to another person. The author of this book is Nick Harrison. I believe it is a great book and a wonderful addition to our daily devotion.

The sunflower on this issue of Open Windows reminds me of my post on Heliotropism Following the Son. This talks about sunflowers follow the sun, we as Christians should do the same, but follow the Son.

When you do your daily devotions, what publication(s) do you use? Do you use multiple version of the Bible? Do you pray before and after or just one or the other? Do you involve the whole family during your family devotion? Do you have certain rules when you have your devotion? Your comments are welcome, looking forward to hearing from you.

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Steve Patterson

I am saved through the blood of Jesus Christ. I blog for God here at CourageousChristianFather.com. I serve as a youth leader, van driver and usher at my church. I also serve where ever else may be needed. I am working on a bachelor's degree in Theology. I also like to go out and hand out Gospel of John's and Gospel Tracts. I am a single father with custody of my almost adult child. I am a graphic designer too. Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle. I attained the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America in 1994.

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  1. Great post! We try to have a nightly family devotional time as well. We except the nights we have worship service or have to go preach somewhere as we consider that our nightly worship time. We try to sing each time we have them as well as read and pray. We try to study through a book of the Bible at a time – using commentaries etc. if needed to understand passages. We try to keep a list of prayer requests which we try to go over. In addition to the family devotional time though I would also suggest having a daily individual quiet time as well – perhaps when waking up or prior to bed (or both) Great post! Keep on serving the Lord through your blogs brother

    1. Thanks Justin very much and yes, private devotions are important too. I tend to have those when I go to do these blog entries. Doing some research and all too. Yes, Sundays and Wednesdays when we been at church, is the days we usually don't get to a family devotion since we are at church and often have several Bible studies. Commentaries will make great additions as well. Having ideas from others who are studying the same passages as you are. A lot of times those commentaries can make things seem easier to understand. Thanks for the comment brother. See you at church on Sunday.

  2. Great post! We try to have a nightly family devotional time as well. We except the nights we have worship service or have to go preach somewhere as we consider that our nightly worship time. We try to sing each time we have them as well as read and pray. We try to study through a book of the Bible at a time – using commentaries etc. if needed to understand passages. We try to keep a list of prayer requests which we try to go over. In addition to the family devotional time though I would also suggest having a daily individual quiet time as well – perhaps when waking up or prior to bed (or both) Great post! Keep on serving the Lord through your blogs brother.

    1. Thanks Justin very much and yes, private devotions are important too. I tend to have those when I go to do these blog entries. Doing some research and all too. Yes, Sundays and Wednesdays when we been at church, is the days we usually don’t get to a family devotion since we are at church and often have several Bible studies. Commentaries will make great additions as well. Having ideas from others who are studying the same passages as you are. A lot of times those commentaries can make things seem easier to understand. Thanks for the comment brother. See you at church on Sunday.

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