When I received the book, Make it Count, 180 Devotions for the School Year by Sue Christian, I first thought the devotions were too short. Each page has a scripture verse, and a short paragraph related to the verse. Here's one that is timely, with all the talk about bullying in the news:
In school there is a lot of talk about others, and some of it can be unkind. Be careful with what you hear about someone else. Gossip can be very dangerous.
"A solitary witness against someone in any crime, wrongdoing, or in any sort of misdeed that might be done is not sufficient. The decision must stand by two or three witnesses."
Could you think of a discussion to go along with this? I know I could. I think this could easily turn into a 10-15 minuted talk with my kids. In the devotionals we have done before, some of them had 3-4 pages to read before the discussion. After the first page, my kids were probably thinking about what they needed to get done for school, and not even listening anymore! I like the idea of having a scripture verse and a short explanation, so we can spend some time on what it means, and how we can implement it. We are planning to start the school year with this book. Hopefully it will help us to start each day with scripture and discussion that will help us grow to be more Christ-like.
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