Attempting family devotions around the dinner table makes me want to tear my hair out.
Attempting family devotions around the dinner table makes me want to tear my children’s hair out.
Whew! I’m already feeling a little bit better. I tell ya… this blog is cheap therapy!
I completely realize that these two, simple confessions may sound ridiculously foreign to some of you because your dinners are filled with peaceful cherubim, intentional conversation, and you’ve never even once thought about pulling your kids’ hair out. And for others…well, these confessions sound like a “no-brainer, hair-brainer” because, “Duh, Jessica! Why on earth would you even try and talk about sanctification and salvation when your dinner table often looks and sounds like the inside of Noah’s ark?!?!”
But I guess I’m a little slow on the uptake because I’ve just recently come to grips with the reality that family devotions around the dinner table, though they sound picturesque and godly, are not for us…at least right now.
I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to force our family into the “we-sit-around-the-table-and-read-about-Jesus-after-our-bellies-are-full-and-maybe-even-sing-a-verse-or-two-of-Kumbaya” box.
two hours 22 minutes of wrestling bums onto seats, attempting to keep the food off the floor, chasing down dropped cups, wiping up spills, and convincing children that the “green things” won’t kill them, choke them, wound them, or destroy them, we’re just NOT in the proper mindset to teach our children about Jesus.
We just aren’t.
Like the time I caught myself yelling, “We are made in God’s image, now sit down and shut your mouth!!!” Ummm…yeah.
So, after a losing battle that lasted far too long, we’ve recently adjusted our expectations and found something that works for our family and for our sanity.
And we LOVE it.
God is most honored when “The Buczek’s” do their family devotions at bed time…when no hair is being pulled.
So, for this month’s “Do-Good-Give-Away,” I want to encourage you and your family to make time (any time…the time that involves no hair-pulling….the time that works best for you and your family) to teach your children about Jesus!
“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul…and you shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 11:18-19
So what am I giving away this month?
I am giving away one copy of the book we are currently using (at bedtime) to teach our children about Jesus and the Gospel.
What is that book?
It’s “The Gospel Story Bible” by Marty Machowski, and it’s AWESOME! In an easy-to-read storybook format, Machowski focuses on God’s plan of salvation and how the people, places, and events from both the Old and New Testament point to Jesus, the Good News, and His plan of Redemption!
How can you win?
In the comment section below, share one way that you are attempting to teach your children about Jesus and on Sunday at 4:00 PM (EST), I will randomly select a winner.