Our family is gearing up for the school year. We start early here – August 11th.
Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
With school comes schedules, and worked into our household’s (strict) schedule are daily devotions. We do them at breakfast while we’re eating, and before dinner.
[Wisdom] will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
She will place on your head an ornament of grace;
A crown of glory she will deliver to you. Proverbs 4:8-9
The before dinner devotions are open – it will be whatever my husband or I determines will be discussed at that time. During breakfast, however, we have a set Bible reading.
He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;
He who keeps understanding will find good. Proverbs 19:8
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We read a chapter in Proverbs that corresponds with the day of the month. For instance, on the first day of school, we’ll read chapter 11 (because school starts on the 11th). We’ll do this every single day, all school year long, including the weekends. Our daughter (who is 14) also has a companion book to the Proverbs by Vicki Courtney called Between God and Me: A Journey Through Proverbs. This is something she reads daily that helps break down the Proverbs chapter into something that she can understand.
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
To turn one away from the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27
A scoffer seeks wisdom and does not find it,
But knowledge is easy to him who understands. Proverbs 14:6
There are 31 chapters in Proverbs.
I figure, over the course of nine months of school, my kids will hear the entire book of Proverbs nine times.
Multiply that by their school lifetime, and our prayer is that they will be able to apply the book of Proverbs to their lives as they mature and grow in Christ. That when they’re in a situation or faced with a choice, their mind will automatically go to an appropriate Proverb to help them make good decisions, right choices, honest dealings.
God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. Thus Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men…He spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five… And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon. 1 Kings 4:29-34
Does your family do regular devotions? What is your method?
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