God Is in the Small Stuff for Dads

God Is in the Small Stuff for Dads

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ISBN-13: 9781577488897
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2000
Series: God Is in the Small Stuff Series
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 3.99(w) x 4.80(h) x 0.41(d)

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GOD IS IN THE SMALL STUFF for DADS


By Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz

PROMISE PRESS

Copyright © 2000 Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz
All right reserved.

ISBN: 157748889X


Chapter One


FAMILY
HERITAGE

You might have a godly heritage, which is something to be thankful for. Investigate it. Did your ancestors struggle for their religious freedom? Was one of your ancestors of the same name involved in some noble cause that left its mark? Dig up the details and talk about them with your children. Tell them the stories of their name.

When it comes to your name-whether it's your first or your last-you can either ignore it or live up to it. And if there isn't much to live up to, then determine to be the first in your family to bring honor to the family name.


* * *

Instead of finances, make your greatest gift to your children a rich heritage of personal qualities such as integrity, joy, and spiritual sensitivity to God. Devote your time, energy, and creativity to teaching and modeling such qualities to your children. This is the most valuable legacy you can leave to your children (and it is tax-free, too).


* * *

Make an effort to remember God's continual provision for your family. When you do, something interesting will happen. The more you remember what God has done in your lives in the past, the more you will see Him at work in your lives in the present.


* * *


If you are having a
difficult time
being thankful,
the problem may be
your memory.


* * *


The most personal spiritual celebration you can observe is the spiritual birthday of each family member. Can you imagine the effectiveness of a spiritual birthday celebration on children and teenagers in your family? As you affirm God's place in their lives, God will bless them as individuals and your family as a whole. God enjoys the praises of His people, especially when we tell Him how much we value what He has done for us.


* * *

We are to love God wholeheartedly and teach our children to do the same. That's the kind of legacy that will last for generations and please God into eternity.

Live your life so that when you die, people will know that you

loved others clearly.

loved your family dearly.

loved God completely.


* * *


Hear, O Israel!
The Lord is our God,
the Lord alone.
And you must love the Lord
your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.
And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands
I am giving you today.
Repeat them again and again
to your children.


Deuteronomy 6:4-7 NLT

Chapter Two


THE
SPIRITUAL
FAMILY

Your family can experience the real and living God, but you must approach this relationship like others you value. You can't expect to develop a close friendship with someone whom you totally ignore. You need to acknowledge God's presence, recognize His activity in your lives, and appreciate His provisions. Stated simply: You need to make room for God in your lives. When you do, you'll see God's hand directing you, you'll hear His voice comforting you, you'll sense His spirit embracing you. He will be real to you.

The simple exercise of praying together regularly as a family will do more to strengthen your family than anything else you could do together.


* * *


Prayer
is a privilege.
Don't take it for
granted.


* * *

Reading the Bible is not drudgery when you understand what you are reading. It should be part of the daily routine for each member of your family. Between the covers of that sacred book is the information God wants you to know each day: Personal information about you and for you, written by the One who knows you best.


* * *


The Bible will find you
where you are,
and it will show you
where you ought to go.


* * *

(Continues...)



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