Thursday, March 19, 2015

Devotion - Better Together Devotional by Stacy A. Davis

Family Fun Icebreaker: Who do you love?

Topic Question: What is the Right Lifestyle in God’s Community?

Today’s Big Idea: Devotion
When you love God more than anything else, your love will show in how you spend your time. God will be a main focus in your actions and life. But at the beginning, you may not feel that you know God well enough to share with others about Him. Ask His Holy Spirit to give you a desire to learn more about Him. The more that you get to know God through His Word, the more that you will love Him. Distractions can pull you away from spending time praying and reading God’s Word. Things like TV or online media can lure you away from Him. You will have to make a choice to turn off or stop the distractions and spend time thinking about His messages from the Bible. You can use an online Bible to read from, or spend time reading devotionals or commentaries, but make sure to let your own thoughts form. Take time to ask your own questions, too. Reading God’s Word is the way God talks to you. Prayer is the way that you respond to God. If you are unsure about God’s message, ask Him about the subject in prayer. If you are thankful for God’s message, make sure to tell Him. Psalm
62:8 (ESV) tells you to “…pour out your heart before Him…” God loves you more than you can imagine, and He loves to hear from you.

Talk with God: Read the scripture aloud.
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with
all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:5 (ESV)

Walk with God: Read aloud and discuss.
When you love the Lord with all your heart, soul and might, it means that you enjoy spending time alone with Him. You are encouraged and refreshed by Him. Scripture says that if your heart trusts in Him, He is your strength and you are helped (Psalm 28:7). He becomes the priority in your life, and you draw strength from Him. Ultimately, spending time with God will actually make your heart leap for joy, and you may even desire to give thanks to Him in song (Psalm 28:7). These are natural responses, even for non-singers! There are other natural responses, too: talking about Him, journaling, writing poetry, painting, dancing, or enjoying time with Him outside in His beautiful creation. God creates a happy heart within you.

Discuss with your family: How do you personally like to spend time with God? When you have been refreshed from spending time with God, what is your natural response? What is your favorite way to thank Him?

Prayer suggestion: Pray for God to create a joyous heart and right spirit within you.

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