Daily Steps for Family Faith

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In Deuteronomy 6, Moses tells Israel that God has instructed them all to take His commands and repeat them and teach them to their children in every part of their lives. Family coach and psychologist Timothy Smith shares how he and his wife have infused their faith into little parts of every day.

Shema is the Hebrew word for "hear" or" listen" (see the first word in verse 4 below), and theologians use the term "The Shema" to refer to Deuteronomy 6:4-5. These words, repeated by Jesus as the greatest commandment, were Israel's central focus of their covenant with God.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (ESV)

4“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.5You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.6And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.7You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.8You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.9You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

What are you doing to impress God's Word on your own heart so that you are first living the faith before you teach it?
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What two or three small things will you make regular parts of the daily exercise of faith for your family?
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What could be your family mission statement? Think about Timothy's advice and keep it to a single sentence that you can all memorize it and live out in all things that you do as a family.
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If you were to incorporate a weekly family sabbath, when would this occur and how will you bring the family together to make it happen? What good benefit will this bring to your family togetherness and spiritual formation?
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You don't have to create large productions for your kids to see them grow in the Lord. Consistent faithfulness in the little things will show them your heart for God and grow them in theirs.

If you would like to start these weekly sabbath moments with your own family, you can find 52 Creative Family Time Experiences by Timothy Smith here.