Devotionals by Jim Daly

Hands-on Faith for Families – Week of February 20, 2017

Theme: Practice Spiritual Disciplines

The Spiritual Discipline of Meditaiton  

Scripture: This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8 ESV).

Play: Put out a plate of snacks. Give everyone permission to dive in, provided they follow one important rule: Each bite of food must be chewed at least 20 times. After each person finishes one bite, invite him or her to describe in detail the different tastes and textures experienced.

Talk: Sometimes people say, “I need to chew on that,” meaning, “I need to think about that for a while.” When we meditate on Scripture, we’re taking time to think about it and “chew on it.” If we ate our food without chewing it, we’d hardly be able to taste it. The more we chew, the more we enjoy the taste and gain strength.

It’s the same with God’s Word. When we take time to think about what it means and how we can use it in our lives, we benefit much more than if we just read it and never think about it again. Romans 12:2 says that we change our lives by renewing our mind, or changing the way we think about things. We can learn to think like God by meditating on His Word.

Pray: Thank God for the power of His Word. Ask Him to help you stay focused on His Word throughout the day so you can become more like Jesus.

Renee Gray-Wilburn

www.thrivingfamily.com

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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."

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