From the listing: “Many parents are searching for ways to bond as a family while encouraging spiritual growth in their kids. The One Year Classic Family Devotions provides a full year of devotions and activities designed to strengthen family time and deepen spiritual awareness. Each devotion includes a story about children and other family members, fostering personal connection with the content. Lessons come from the child’s perspective at times and from the parents at other times. An activity page is included every seven days as an additional source of ideas for families to use in their time together.”
Do you want to have family devotions but struggle with where to start? This is a fantastic resource, from the creators of the One Year Bible and One Year Devotions for Women, Men, Boys, Girls, and so forth.
Here is an excerpt from The One Year Classic Family Devotions.
The Old Mansion
Read 1 Samuel 16:6-12.
“I can hardly wait to see the old mansion!” exclaimed Ashley. She and her family were on their way to visit Grandma and Grandpa White, who had recently become caretakers of a large estate. As they drove, Ashley talked about her day at school. “There’s a new girl in my class—her name is Addie—and her clothes are totally not with it!” declared Ashley. “I was sooo embarrassed when our teacher asked me to show her around the school.”
“What does it matter if she doesn’t wear the latest fashions?” her brother Aiden asked. “What she’s like is more important than what she wears.”
“Oh, you just—” began Ashley, but Mom cut her off.
“Aiden is right, Ashley,” said Mom. “It sounds like you have an attitude problem.” Ashley scowled but said no more.
Several hours later, Dad turned down an overgrown lane that led to a large old house. Ashley frowned. “This can’t be the right place!” she exclaimed when she saw the house. “This looks more like a dump than a mansion!” But when her grandparents welcomed them and led them inside, Ashley could hardly believe her eyes. The floors glistened, and carpeted steps curved from the hallway to the second floor. “Oh, wow!” she exclaimed. “I can’t believe how nice this is! The outside looks so run down.”
“Yes,” said Grandpa. “The place is being restored, but the firm that was hired for the outside work can’t begin until next month. That’s why there’s such a difference between the inside and outside.” He smiled. “This house is a good example of why we shouldn’t judge by appearance.”
“We talked a little about that on our way over here,” said Mom. “We sometimes forget that God says the heart of a person is much more important than how they look or dress.”
Ashley looked around at the beautiful house and then out the window to the overgrown front yard. Mom’s right, she admitted to herself. I did judge Addie by the way she looks on the outside, and that was wrong. When I get back to school, I’ll try to find out what she’s really like.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you accept or reject people because of the way they look? Remember, God says it’s the inside that counts. A kind attitude is more important than the latest fashion. Think about someone you know who’s left out because of their appearance. Will you be a friend to that person? Find out what they’re really like. Do it for Jesus. – Lenora McWhorten
Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly. John 7:24 (NIV)
Don’t judge by appearance.
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