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    I would love to do a family devotion every morning. I feel so unequipped to do this. My knowledge of the Bible is very limited...I know Jesus and I know he loves me. I know the major stories of the Bible as well...but I can't just pick out verses to coincide with spiritual/heart/character issues we may be having in our family. Can anyone recommend an easy to use devotional or some sort of study that will bless our family. I prayer and suggestions would help so much. Thank you!!
    3rd year homeschooling
    Y2...First year using TOG... Dialectic daughter (12), Upper Grammar daughter(9), lower grammar son(5)...and baby boy (born in Nov.) using Easy Grammar, Singapore/Saxon Math., Wordly Wise, Sing Spell Read & Write, Exploring Cr

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    First purely practical resources:
    http://www.amazon.com/Proverbs...aising/dp/0961860855

    http://www.amazon.com/Instruct...id=1283031185&sr=8-1

    I noticed some other resource come up at Amazon when I searched for the second book, but I have not used those.

    BUT let me stress to you how important it is not to rely on books and devotionals to filter the Bible to our children. Instead to just pick up the Bible and read through huge chunks of it methodically with our children is so important. For your oldest two this really should be doable for their ages. There are moments when you may wish to hit the fast forward button and skip long descriptions (like how to build the tabernacle), or genealogies, or the details of the law given to the Israelites, but for the most part your children can take in the Bible. Even your five year old should be able to listen to short story sections as you go along.

    So I encourage you to get the books I've posted above or something similar, but to mainly focus on Bible readings to them.

    You might consider this 100 day program to begin with:
    http://www.e100challenge.com/pages/

    Here's a blog about a family doing that together: http://onethousandhills.blogspot.com/

    For yourself, if you have never read through the Bible in limited amount of time, I highly recommend the Discipleship Journal, book at a time program: http://www.navpress.com/store/....aspx?id=27&theme=DJ (other plans there too). Note: the prices are for buying bulk copies of the plans. If you click "view a sample chapter" you will be given a PDF document that has the complete plan in two pages, so the plan is free from the web.
    Pat
    "Of two evils, choose neither."
    Charles H. Spurgeon
    http://www.spurgeon.org/mainpage.htm

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    Thank you Pat...I will definitely look into those resources. I appreciate your time so much.
    3rd year homeschooling
    Y2...First year using TOG... Dialectic daughter (12), Upper Grammar daughter(9), lower grammar son(5)...and baby boy (born in Nov.) using Easy Grammar, Singapore/Saxon Math., Wordly Wise, Sing Spell Read & Write, Exploring Cr

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