• Jill Jarrell Newsome

Daily Devotions

As early as I can remember when my older brother and I got to the breakfast table we had a devotional. Unfortunately what I remember by 5th grade is that I could hear my dad chew his cereal while I was supposed to be listening. (And believe me we got paid back with the chewing thing!) It was so annoying I got nothing out of the devotional. Or so I thought. I also remember when Billy Graham was on tv having a crusade my parents would watch. I always liked the end when the people came forward while singing, Just As I Am. Don't remember getting much out of that either. Or so I thought.

Here I am at 55 and I have fond memories of those times. They were seeds planted. My parents were showing me faith by how they lived. I am sure as my brother or I rolled our eyes at the breakfast table Mom and Dad knew they were just planting seeds. God would do the rest. I am forever grateful for their faithfulness.

We must give our children the right influence so they can have the right standards and values. We cannot keep the world's influence but we can teach our children to choose what is good and to reject what is bad. I never remember a time that I did not see my parents having devotional and prayer time. When Mom taught school and left before we got up, my brothers and I did not have devotional. But my parents got up even earlier to have their quiet time.

A Sunday school teacher, a minister, a Bible school teacher can teach God's Word. There is a huge difference when a child learns from their parents. They are more likely to remember and principals and values when taught by their parents. To hear these things from their parents helps them to have confidence and familiarity in Scripture.

I thank God that I was taught basic Bible truths by my parents as long as I can remember. By their leading by example, taught us moral and spiritual values as well as healthy spiritual habits. We must teach our children/grandchildren how to love God and His Word.

Proverbs 22: 6, "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." I know many parents who are holding on to this truth. It gives us an amazing peace as I am sure it did for my parents!