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.
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.