My husband and I are passionate about God and families. We love the idea and concept of a family devotional because it has the opportunity to bring a family together as well as to open up the door to great discussions that you might otherwise not get to have with your children.
When I found out that Luke and Trisha from Intoxicated on Life were writing a family devotional on Philippians 2:1-18, I thought to myself “How did they take such a loaded passage of scripture and make it something a child would understand?” I had to memorize that passage several years ago when we were preparing some teenagers from our youth group to go on an international mission trip to Latvia. During that time, we struggled to convey the deep implications of Christ’s nature and true humility to the teens.
Luke and Trisha generously gave me a copy of their study so that I could read through it and write a review for you! I am not sure what I was expecting when I first sat down to read through it, but I can honestly say that they have a profound gift for taking a verse and/or concept and putting it into terms that make it easy to understand.
Each day’s devotion starts with an opening thought. Sometime’s it is a question or a little story to get the imagination rolling, but it is always engaging. Then there is a short passage of scripture to read (two to five verses) and a simple explanation of those verses that uses real-life examples that most school-aged kids would be able to relate to and understand immediately. It ends with discussion questions and a simple prayer. The discussion questions are my favorite part because they can lead to some sweet God-filled moments between you and your children.
Another thing I appreciated about this study is that they take time to include a section on specific ways to pray for your children. They also link to some free online tools on their website to help with Bible memorization. For the home school family, they even sell a handwriting curriculum that helps your children memorize the passage while working on handwriting skills.
The whole purpose of this blog is to help encourage people to start living the abundant life that God has for us (John 10:10). I believe that in order to live an abundant life we need to be very intentional about spiritual growth and development. It is my goal to bring you resources and ideas to help you accomplish this goal in your family. At $8.99, The Heart of Humility is a great family focused study that could really benefit your whole family. I could also see it being used as a personal devotional for a school-aged kid with the discussion questions at the end being discussed around the dinner table as a family.
How are you intentional with your family about spiritual growth? Have you ever tried a family devotional?
*Please note that I was given a free copy of this study to review, but all opinions are 100% my own. Also, I will receive a commission if you choose to purchase this study through my links. Thank you for supporting my blog and know I would never recommend something that I truly don’t think would add value to your life. If you found this post useful and don’t want to miss future posts about abundant living through faith, food, and family, then sign up for my email updates through the side bar on the right and join our Facebook community. Be blessed!