Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tuesdays for Timothy Moms

First, let me say that I think this meme is a great idea! Already I've gotten ideas and been convicted of my failure to teach my children when God provides an ideal moment.

For our family devotions, we're studying the book of Matthew. We started the book last August on the first day of school (my 13-year old girl/boy twins attend public middle school). My husband leads us (Thank you Lord, for a husband who is willing to be the spiritual servant-leader that you desire all men to be!) and we just go through verse-by-verse, sometimes section-by-section.

This morning we were at the end of Matthew 21 where Jesus is talking to the Pharisees: giving them the parable of the tenants and telling them that the Kingdom of Heaven will be taken away from them and given to those who will produce fruit. This is also the section where He quotes from Psalm 118 that "the stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone."

Last year my son did his 5th grade state report on the state of Pennsylvania and one of the things he learned was that PA is called the keystone state because it was at the center and held all the other states (at that time) together. My husband asked the kids the definition of a corner/capstone and the boy jumped right in about PA and then we were able to discuss building our lives on the cornerstone of Jesus and finishing it with Him as the capstone.

We also talked about the vineyard, what it was at the time that Jesus was talking to the Pharisees and what the vineyard could be today.....the earth and taking care of it (tied into Earth Day).....the kids themselves being the vineyard and my husband & I raising & teaching them. And that someday when they have children it will be their responsibility to be the tenants and take care of what God gives them.

Undoubtedly, this was one of our better family devotions discussions, and just in time for this meme posting. If you have regular family devotions....keep it up! We've been doing them for about 5 years now and have seen a ton of spiritual growth in our children as a result. If you're not doing them, please consider starting-even just once a week could make a difference! If you need help with how, let me know!

Grace and peace,


Sheila said...

Wow! Thanks Leslie! I'm so glad you joined. I love how God works all things together in our lives to teach us about Him and His kingdom when we take time to study His word. It's like I heard the other day concerning personal Bible study, "Where you are is usually where you are." Seems to be the case with you all and your son making the connection with the keystone state and the chief cornerstone- so cool!

Anyway, I'm just thrilled to have you join us!

Also, it's such a treasure you have in your husband who leads you all in devotions! Don't cease to give thanks for that!

Have a great week- see you next week I hope:-)

cheryl said...

Each time I come back to visit, you've added something else! I LOVE IT! Love the music!! Miss you dear sister!