Devotionals by Jim Daly

Hands-on Faith for Families – Week of August 21, 2017

Theme: Live Peacefully

A Peaceful Home

Scripture: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9)

Play: Use bright colors to draw a picture of a home with sunshine and birds outside and with cake, presents and a family inside. Then use dark colors to draw a second home with storm clouds and lightning outside and siblings upset with each other on the inside. Compare the pictures. Talk about why one is more peaceful.

Talk: Families are made up of people with different personalities and emotions. Sometimes family members feel happy, and other times they feel angry. How a person is feeling should not change a family's peaceful home. Romans 12:18 says, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” This mention of everyone includes the members of your family. Getting along with those in your family may seem like a lot of work some days. But Proverbs 17:1 says that a peaceful home is a true treasure, something worth working for. “Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.”

Pray: Ask God for forgiveness if you’ve hurt the feelings of someone in your family or have been unkind. Then thank God for your relationships with your family and friends.

Karen Schmidt

www.thrivingfamily.com

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Jim Daly
Jim Daly is President of Focus on the Family. His personal story from orphan to head of an international Christian organization dedicated to helping families thrive demonstrates — as he says — "that no matter how torn up the road has already been, or how pothole-infested it may look ahead, nothing — nothing — is impossible for God."

Daly is author of two books, Finding Home and Stronger. He is also a regular panelist for The Washington Post/Newsweek blog “On Faith.”

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John joined Focus on the Family in 1991 and began co-hosting the daily Focus on the Family radio program in 2001.  

John also serves on the board of the National Religious Broadcasters.

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