Monday, June 4, 2012

Teach Intentionally..."Family Time…God provides", with Stacy Davis ~ Bible Teacher and Sky Ranch Board Member

Family Time…God provides

Who provides for you and your family? Your immediate response is probably your husband or yourself…but do you recognize God as your real Provider? This month the focus is on God as your Provider and teaching your family to recognize Him in that role. In this week’s family devotional, God tells us in scripture that He provides our daily needs in Matthew and in Philippians, He promises to supply all our need. Whatever you do have in life is provided by God, it is just a matter of opening your eyes to God as the source. It may appear that Dad or Mom goes to work, but the design and plan of all of our existence comes from God and it is really important to give Him the credit. James 1:17 tells us that all good and perfect gifts come from above and comes from the Father of lights.
As a Mom, this teaching that everything comes from God did affect our family’s prayer life. It took me some time but I eventually understood and taught my kids to pray with this teaching in mind. If God is the actual Provider of all things, I taught my kids to ask Him directly. Our family learned to ask for His help with anything from problem relationships, to understanding class work, and help with successful business deals. Recognizing God as the source of all things helped us pray specifically for situations.
This week in your family time, I would encourage you to prepare by praying for your family and asking God to reveal who your family recognizes as their provider. Both you and your husband do work very hard for your family and do deserve credit for that effort, but make sure your family sees God as the true Provider of their needs. Philippians 4:6 tells us that “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” God invites you to pray, to ask Him for help and  then, encourages you to do it with thankfulness, by remembering all that He has already done for you. The activity in this week’s family devotional is to spend time sharing all that God has provided for your family. Encourage your kids to participate and give God the credit for all that He has done in your lives and thank Him!
Do you have questions or need prayer for your family? Email me at
I will be praying for you! 
Stacy A. Davis
Teach Intentionally

This week we are in the  10th  Month Topic and 1st  Family Time (or page  85) of the Sky Ranch Devotional “Open Your Eyes”…
Family Time 1:
Month 10 Topic: God is my Provider…God provides
Talk with God: Read…Matthew 6:11-12 and Philippians 4:11,19
~ Matthew 6:11-12  Give us this day our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
  • Jesus was modeling a prayer for us in Matthew 6:11-12.  In these verses, what does He ask of God?
~ Philippians 4:11, 19  Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am…And my God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
  • Philippians 4:11, 19 shows us that Christ is all we need.  Who supplies all of our needs according to this verse?  What does this verse say about our “wants”?
Walk with God: Discuss… Have each family member share, one at a time, one thing that God has provided for them today.  For instance, lunch, air, clothes, etc.  Go around your circle and see how long you can play this “game” of telling each other what God has done for you today.  Then, discuss for a bit the needs in your life that God has not provided.  Anything?  Remember…wants and needs are very different!
Prayer suggestion… Share in a prayer of thanksgiving and praise for ALL God has done in your family’s life today.  He is your Provider.
Family Time 1: 
Month 10 Topic: God is my Provider
Leader Answers:
  • Daily bread, forgiveness and a way out of temptation
  • God; Be content in any circumstance
  • Discussion ideas: You could probably go around listing God’s provision for hours! Does defining needs and wants help you discern between your needs and wants?
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