The Purpose Driven Life Devotional for Kids includes 365 devotions that tie to the themes and ideas found in the bestselling The Purpose Driven Life by pastor Rick Warren. Written especially for children ages 8 and up, and featuring a ribbon marker, each devo includes a Scripture, short message, and prayer or thought for the day to help kids discover who they are in God’s eyes. Capturing the hearts of the new generation means ensuring they know their purpose and grow up confident of their value in God and their relationship to Christ.
God created each of his children with a purpose in mind … the time is now to, thoughtfully and prayerfully, start the incredible journey to finding that reason.
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About the Author
As founding pastor of Saddleback Church with his wife Kay, Dr. Rick Warren leads a 30,000-member congregation in California with campuses in major cities around the world. As an author, his book The Purpose Driven Life is one of the best-selling nonfiction books in publishing history. It has been translated into 74 languages and sold more than 50 million copies in multiple formats. As a theologian, he has lectured at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, University of Judaism, and dozens of universities and seminaries. As a global strategist he advises world leaders and has spoken to the United Nations, US Congress, Davos Economic Forum, TED, Aspen Institute, and numerous parliaments. Rick has also founded the Global PEACE Plan, which Plants churches of reconciliation, Equips leaders, Assists the poor, Cares for the sick, and Educates the next generation in 196 countries. You can listen to Pastor Rick’s Daily Hope, his daily 25-minute audio teaching, or sign up for his free daily devotionals at Pastor Rick.com.
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The Purpose Driven Life Devotional for Kids
By Rick Warren
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The Reason for Everything
The Big Question
It is God who directs the lives of his creatures; everyone's life is in his power. (JOB 12:10 TEV)
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Do you ever wonder:
What do I want to be when I grow up?
What should I do with my life?
What are my dreams?
The search for the meaning of life has puzzled people for thousands of years. People want to know why they are here on Earth and if they matter. But the truth is, focusing on yourself will not reveal the answers.
You didn't create yourself. So how could you know what you were created for? If I handed you an invention you had never seen before, you wouldn't know what it was supposed to do. And the invention itself wouldn't be able to tell you either. Only the creator or the owner's manual could tell you the answers.
God is our Creator, and the Bible is his manual. He put us here on Earth for a reason — to love him and love others. If we ask God and read his Word, we'll find out exactly how we should do that.
God, show me how I can love you better and love others around me. Show me who you want me to be.
These are the clans of the Levites listed according to their fathers.
(1 CHRONICLES 6:19B)
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If you've ever auditioned for a play or tried out for a team, you probably looked for your name and any of your friends on the list of kids who made it as soon as it was posted. Or if you entered a writing contest at school, you read the list of winners to find out if you or anyone you know won.
However, reading a bunch of names of people you don't know is not on anyone's list of favorite things to do. So it may seem strange that God had the author of Chronicles write down name after name after name. We don't know anything about them, except who their fathers or mothers were and maybe where they lived. But this list of names in the book of Chronicles shows how important recognition is. God recognized the people who were a part of Israel's history and accomplishments. He knew them by name and took the time to point them out.
God knows your name too. He knows who you are, and you matter to him. Even if your name never makes it on a winners' list or try-out roster, God will recognize you as his child. That's reward enough.
Lord, it's easy to feel overlooked or unimportant, especially when others get so much attention and recognition. I need to remember that you love me and value me. I need to remember that I'm yours.
Meaning of a Name
God also said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her."
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Sarai was married to a well-known man, so for most of her life, she was known simply as Abraham's wife. Imagine if everyone always called you by another name rather than your own — Mary's kid, Susan's sister, Andrew's friend.
Then at ninety years old, Sarai became well known herself. She had a baby! That got her recognized. But this new fame was all from God. God blessed her husband for his faith, and he blessed Sarai too. To show how pleased he was, God gave them new names. Names were important in Bible times. Names indicated personality, standing, or family. Sarai's new name, Sarah, meant princess.
Ask your parents how they came up with your name. Did you know God has names for you too? He calls you beloved, royalty, and his child. He also calls you names that fit with his plans for your life. Perhaps God's name for you will be doctor, Olympian, mechanic, or artist. When God gives you a name, he's telling you who he created you to be. As you grow up, he may even give you a new name, just like he did with Sarai.
God, what names have you given me? Show me who you have created me to be and what plans you have for my life.
Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? ... Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness?
(JOB 38:4A, 8–9)
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What is the most amazing thing you've ever seen or read? Astronauts going into space? An athlete breaking a world record? A triple rainbow? Those things can blow you away. But God has done more amazing, mind-blowing stuff. He created boundaries for the seas, so they don't flood countries under water. He set the sky in place around the earth and made gravity that keeps us on the ground, not floating off into space. God makes the sun rise in the morning so we can see to work and play, and he makes it set at night so we can sleep and rest. Psalm 104 also describes a few of the mind-boggling things God does.
When you read a little bit of God's awesome, huge, magnificent, power, it's hard to wrap your brain around it. Hey, even your brain, with its hundred-billion neurons and sixty-thousand miles of bloods vessels, is one of his miraculous works. God is unstoppable, unmatchable, and unbeatable. He is worthy of your praise!
Lord, you are awesome and amazing. I don't even realize everything you are capable of doing. But you have my praise and honor.
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the seas into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses.
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What's the best magic trick you've ever seen? A woman being "sawed" in half? A bird appearing out of nowhere? Sometimes we read about magic, like in a story where someone finds a magic shoe or lamp? Fairy tales are made up, and magic is just illusions that trick your eyes. But God doesn't need magic or illusions — he is divine power.
God uses his supernatural power. When he breathes, he can actually create stars, rivers, and planets. His hands can pick up the oceans (the Atlantic Ocean alone is over forty-one million square miles — that's twenty percent of the earth). Those are some pretty big hands that can save you from anything. God's power is better than a story of magic or a disappearing act. He can save or change anything he wants. He can even rescue you from your worst enemy.
Now that's a super power that every story needs.
God, it's not easy to understand how powerful you are because I've never seen you create things or change the earth. Help me believe in you and trust your power.
Anything Is Possible
The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!
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Every day the sun rises. Every day the sun sets. Even if it's cloudy, Earth still revolves through day and night. If Earth stopped spinning, one side of the world would be night all the time, and the other side would always be daytime. Can you imagine playing in the dark all the time? Or going to bed with the sun still shining through your windows?
Joshua got to see the earth stand still. God stopped it, so Joshua had plenty of sunlight to defeat his enemies. The people on the other side of the world must have wondered what happened!
The Bible is full of miraculous stories. God can do anything anytime. The Old Testament may seem like a book of fiction, but everything written in it is true. God can stop planets, part seas, make animals talk, and change the heart of any person. He does miraculous things for his glory, which means to show who he is and his power. With God, anything is possible.
God, I've never seen a miracle or an amazing work like you did for people in Old Testament times. But I believe you are a powerful God, and I want to be on your side always.
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Table of Contents
ContentsThe Purpose Driven Life Devotional for Kids Introduction, 7,
PURPOSE 1: The Reason for Everything, 11–72,
PURPOSE 2: Faith and Friendship with God, 74–150,
PURPOSE 3: Your Part in God's Family, 152–194,
PURPOSE 4: Becoming Like Christ, 196–283,
PURPOSE 5: Serving God, Serving Others, 286–338,
PURPOSE 6: You Were Made for a Mission, 340–381,
Why So Many Translations?, 382,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Purpose Driven Life Devotional for Kids by Rick Warren is incredible! This is the kids version of Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for? This book has 365 daily devotionals to help kids discover their purpose in life. Everyone has a purpose and the sooner you realize it the more you can do to fulfill your purpose. Each devotion begins with a Bible verse and goes deeper with questions, discussion and then ends with a prayer. The layout is easy to understand and each day is easy to get through. I thoroughly enjoy listening to my kids go through this devotional. It truly is a wonderful devotional and would make a terrific gift for kids this holiday season! Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.
Way back in 2002 our whole church body from the youth group to the senior adults spent 40 days studying The Purpose Driven Life. All these years later the truths that I learned still resonate within me. At the time I only had teenagers and above and they were participating in the study so I didn't give much thought to the little ones. Now I have eight grands and I want them to learn the same principles that we did all those years ago. I want them to know that they were created for a purpose. Their existence was never a mistake but rather a God ordained blessing bestowed upon their parents (and their grandparents!). When The Purpose Driven Life Devotional for Kids arrived at my home I was thrilled to be able to share it with my kids and grands. The book is broken down into 365 daily devotions that cover the same six purposes in the original book. The language is designed for nine to twelve year-olds but we are finding that the younger kids are doing well with listening in. I have to tell you about one other thing that caught my eye. The very last chapter is entitled Why So Many Translations? Of course I had to flip back there and read it. Pastor Rick gave three reasons to answer that question but it is the second one that really stood out to me: "Second, and even more important, is the fact that we often miss the full impact or meaning of familiar Bible verses, not because of poor translating, but simply because they become so familiar! We think we know the message of a verse because we have read or heard it so many times. Then we find it quoted in a book, we skim over it, and miss the full meaning." (pg. 382) Isn't that the truth! In my personal studies I like to look things up in different translations so I was pleased to see this same technique employed in this book. As I said before The Purpose Driven Life made such an impact on my life. If you are looking for a way to impart these same principles into your children's lives I highly recommend this book. Not only will you be teaching your children how important they are in God's eyes but you will be reminding yourself of that truth as well. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.