As the New Year began approaching, I decided to take a brief break from blogging. It was a nice reprieve where I was able to ponder what 2016 might look like for me and my family. The two questions I posed to myself were:
- What would I like to accomplish in 2016.
- What specific gifts and abilities has God given me to benefit the Church.
A week ago I was convinced that I would stop blogging. I may be able to write the occasional devotion that is good and heart searching. But there are many, many people who are better than me at this task. I considered recommending to all my readers to simply head over to The Gospel Coelition to get their daily dose of devotion.
I changed my mind when I considered what gifts I actually have. My giftings are not writing daily devotions. But writing daily devotions helps me over time to develop my gift of teaching children. This is why I am making a new resolve to press on in 2016 and write more and more devotions.
Also, my family received an amazing blessing that came through Ali’s mission trip to Uganda. She met a young man there named Peter who became a brother in the Lord to her. After she came home, we began a relationship with him through Facebook. He has become a son to us whom we have never met, but nonetheless, love. Continuing this blog is one way we can bring Peter into our living room and worship together as a family.
So here is my plan for the coming year. I am finally incorporating all of our children for our nightly devotions. We are planning to gather in the living room together from 8:00 to 8:30 pm. I will read one chapter of the Bible out loud, and pull one passage or thought out for discussion. We will close our evening in prayer.
It may be hard for you to systematically follow along with us as our lifestyle will likely be very different from yours. We don’t do devotions together on Wednesdays because we are at Church late. We normally don’t do devotions on Sundays either, but that might change. Regardless of your schedule, I pray you will follow along in 2016 as the David family seeks to grow closer to Jesus.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!