Family Worship {Day 58}

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From Chaos to Calm: Day 58

Scripture Memory: “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Worshiping together as a family will bring you closer to each other and closer to God. Your children will cherish the memories of singing praises and reading the Bible together.

Family Worship

So how do you get started?

First, I would suggest you seek the Lord out and ask Him to direct your worship. After all, He is the One we are worshiping! We want it to be pleasing to Him, right?

Secondly, choose the best time of day. If you are able to have morning and evening worship – wonderful! I try, but there are days when it just doesn’t work. In our house, we have morning worship at the table after eating breakfast. This works out easiest for us.

Evening worship in our house usually happens around 7 pm. If you are not able to do it twice a day, choose a time when the family is generally together – right before bed, before leaving for school, etc. Family Worship does not have to take very long 15 minutes is usually all you need to have a good experience. Of course, if you are enjoying yourselves and time is on your side, why not take as long as you like?

You will want to choose a good devotional book or a book with Bible stories suitable for the ages of your children. You may also want to purchase song books with fun worship songs. In our house we use a book that my husband used in church as a child back in the 1950′s. It is called Happy Songs for Girls and Boys. I was very lucky to find a big stack of these song books for free at a church school book giveaway. We also have a number of praise song books and of course a good number of fun songs right in our heads!

If you have a family member – including a child – who plays the piano or guitar or other instrument, encourage them to play for worship. I am especially partial to guitar music at worship time!!

In our house we like to start by singing songs, followed by story time, discussion, Scripture memory, and prayer. Give your children an opportunity to share prayer requests and then make a point to pray for them. You may want to keep a family prayer journal and record prayer request in black ink and answers to prayer in red ink!

Worshiping God together as a family will bring you closer together as a family and closer to God!

 

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Music in the Air {Day 57}

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From Chaos to Calm: Day 57

Scripture Memory: “My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.” Psalm 71:23

    Do you like to sing? Music adds so much to life. Well, I should say, good music adds much to life. What kind of music do you listen to? Are the words uplifting? Do the songs inspire you to serve God more – or less?

 Studies have shown that children who listen to classical music from an early age learn better. It has also been proven that people learn better if the information is set to music. Advertisers use music to entice you to buy their products and they come up with catchy “jingles” that you can’t forget because they know you are more likely to spend money on that which is familiar.

Music that Inspires

Yesterday we talked about the importance of “cleaning out the trash.” But it is just as important to fill your home with good music, music that is uplifting, {music that inspires} as it is to remove that music which is sensual and immoral.

 I have an under the counter radio/ CD player in my kitchen. I also love to plug in my Pandora radio station {Selah or David Carnes} and play beautiful music. I love to listen to it while I cook and clean. Playing gospel music or Christian praise music can have an impact on your entire day. It will lift your spirits and keep you in focus of what really matters.

    Play music quietly while the children play or do their schoolwork. Keep the music going all day and you will be surprised at how it changes the atmosphere in your home.

And finally, music is very important during family worship. If you have not already, purchase several copies of a good music book that has songs kids and adults will enjoy singing.

Our favorite songbook to use during family worship is actually a book that was printed in 1952 called Happy Songs for Boys and Girls. Don’t let the title fool you – there are classics like Lift Up the Trumpets and Dare to be a Daniel that both parents and children can enjoy. (My youngest child’s favorite is Lift Up the Trumpets.)

Let inspiring music become a part of your life and the lives of your family members and you will find that “making a joyful noise” is something you do all day long!

What music inspires you?

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The Heart of the Home – Mom {Day 54}

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From Chaos to Calm: Day 54

Scripture Memory: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

      Mom, you really are special! Your children adore you no matter how you look, whether you are grouchy one day or loving the next. They accept you as you are.

     If you are doing anything you know you shouldn’t be doing, today I want you to offer it up in prayer to God. You have the power to teach, encourage, and direct your children as they grow. No one has as much influence as you do. And your children are watching.

     Bad habits are just that – BAD HABITS. We have talked a lot about self-discipline over the course of this study. As you grow in your walk with Christ and follow His leading toward being the woman He created you to be, ask for forgiveness and for victory over the sins in your life.

    Whether you can’t seem to give up smoking, or four letter words fly out of your mouth when you are frustrated, or you just hate the life you have been given, Jesus can take the sin away. You can claim victory over it!

    If you want your children to grow up to follow Jesus, you are to set the example for them. I am not saying that you are to be perfect. We ALL make mistakes. I am talking about sins that are a regular part of your life – habits that push you away from instead of toward God.

     Make a list of things you know you need to change. Start the list with the BIG things like smoking, drinking, or even bitterness. Place the list inside your Bible and each morning as you go to God to receive that blessed Manna, seek out HIS strength, ask for courage, for discipline, and for victory. If you need help, ask your husband or a friend to encourage you and to keep you accountable.

     Remember that every decision that you make will potentially affect the choices your family – your children – make in the years to come. Be an effective witness for Jesus and do what you know is right.

Love is patient, love is kind. {Mom is the Heart of the Home} @ AVirtuousWoman.org

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