Because Family Devotions Don't Have to Be a Drag * A Giveaway

Let's face it.  Family devotions can be a bit of a battle.

No matter what time of day or evening you choose to gather your kiddos for a few focused minutes with God, one or another is suddenly bored, restless, tired, cranky, distracted.

You'd think you were dragging them off to the dentist or something.

In this fast-paced culture with all technology's bells and whistles, sitting with the Bible or a devotional book can present a challenge.  Yet no matter how that technology evolves and sparkles, we continue to be invited by our Savior to spend quality time in His presence.

So that's why I'm a big believer in every family growing a go-to library of devotional books and various translations of the Bible and purposely choosing to get creative about switching up that quiet time routine from time to time.  {The same goes for us big people, too!}  God's Word is alive and vibrant, fresh and meaningful.  And those focused minutes we spend with Him should reflect that awesome truth!

How 'bout we choose the kids' best time of day, not when they're absolutely exhausted?  How 'bout we take them outside to explore and praise in the bounty of His creation?  Or do some freewheeling art projects celebrating who God is.  Maybe a bit of song ... or {gasp} dance?

The sky's the limit because He's a magnificent God!

And if we're truly enthusiastic about spending some creative time absorbed in His love, maybe they'll catch our joy.  I'm all for saying farewell to the term 'spiritual disciplines' and calling these precious opportunities what they are ...

Invitations to hang out with the One who loves us best of all!

I'm happy to present another option for your bookshelf ... the brand new ESV Family Devotional Bible.  At 1400+ pages, this $29.99 volume packs a punch with what might be a fresh translation for you, complete with full color illustrations and maps and helpful questions that just may kick off some kind of meaningful discussion.

I have a copy for a reader who leaves a comment on this post.  Please stop by and say 'hi' by Sunday evening, May 8th at 9 pm {eastern, US & Canada only} to be in the running.

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No kids at home?  No problem!  This makes a great gift for a friend who's parenting, a Christian school, or your church library.  Or share with your pastor.  He'll know the perfect family to bless with your generosity.


You shall teach them to your children,
 talking of them when sitting in your house,
 and when you are walking by the way,
 and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Deuteronomy 11:19 {ESV}


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