Tuesday, August 6, 2013
DIY Daily Devotional for Children/Teens
So here is the finished project. This little booklet is super easy and cheap to make. Supplies needed: a sharpie, a 3 x 5 spiral book of notecards (50 count), some cute paper, stickers, and a list of truths/verses that I have compiled for myself and for you! You can complete this project in less than an hour!
Why did I make this for my children? The first reason is that I recently read a book called Sticky Faith. It shared the research is showing that children from Christian homes are not sticking to their faith when they leave home. What??? The book put a little bit of fear into me. I am just being honest. The book was insightful and helpful as well. It stated the most important factor in shaping a child's life is the Christian life modeled by parents. Do they see me reading my Bible? Do they hear me talking about God through the day? Do they hear me praying out loud for them, for others, for myself? Do they hear me sharing about my shortcomings or mistakes or messes? Do I really listen to them?
The second reason that I made this booklet was because I have a teenager now and he is no longer reading some of the children's Bible story books. I want him to be able to read a truth a day and I am hopeful he will meditate on it. I have been sharing with him how I study the New Living Bible and The Message Bible in hopes that he will be drawn to read it on his own one day soon. I simply read a chapter a day and find verses to pray or to meditate on for the day.
For this booklet, I searched my Message Bible for verses I have underlined over the years. I also used truths from other books/devotionals. I compiled these into two spiral 3 x 5 books. The first volume has the Proverbs and the Psalms. The second volume is from the New Testament. I will post volume 2 next week. Because the Message Bible reads like a story book, I don't always list the number of the verse.
Here are the spiritual truths/verses for you to print out. Click on the link:
God's plans for your life are too numberous to count. Ps 40
The Lord is always with you. Ps 16
The Lord delights in you. Ps 18
May God show you the right path for your life. Ps 25
May God direct you along the best path for your life. Ps 32
The Lord is completely trustworthy all of the time. Ps 33
Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him and He will help you. Ps 37
God delights in the details of your life. Ps 37
Look for God in creation.
Pray about the big and small things in your life.
May God fulfill His purpose for your life. Ps 57
Trust in the Lord at all times. Ps 62
Find something to be thankful for each day.
Take responsibility when you mess up.
God does not ever expect perfection from you.
The Lord wants to help you each day. Ask Him.
You belong to the God Most High. Ps 73
The Lord is always for you. Ps 118
The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go. Ps 121
God thinks precious and good thoughts about you. Ps 139
God holds everything together.
God is your Helper. He loves to help you.
Nothing can separate you from God's love.
The Lord watches over you.
Be a blessing to others.
Build others up.
Be an encourager.
Refuse to gossip or talk about others.
Each day is a gift.
Keep company with God.
Look for things to be thankful for.
God has a good plan for your life. Jer 29:11
Pray often for Godly friends.
God hears every prayer.
If bad companions tempt you, don't go along with them. Prov 1
Love God more than anything. Prov 1
Choose wise friends. Prov 2
Trust God always. Prov 3
Honor God with all you own. Prov 3
Hold wisdom tightly. Prov 3
Don't squander or waste your life. Prov 5
Be a hardworker. Prov 6
A wise heart takes orders. Prov 10
Keep a cool head. Prov 11
Don't lead a life devoted to things. Prov 11
Wise people take advice. Prov 12
Be slow to anger. Prov 14
I am having fun personalizing these. I am making them for my sweet friend's children as well. Just a side note. Some of my very favorite children's Bibles include the Jesus Storybook Bible (ages 4-8), the Action Bible (ages 10-12 boys), The Kids Chronological Bible (ages 12-14), and I love all of Kenneth Taylor's Bibles for kids. Hugs to all of you precious moms.