Slacking on Family Devotions--Clint Archer shares many of my feelings about family devotions. I have long felt like a slacker for being inconsistent about leading my family in devotions, though for the time being, doing them before I go to work seems to be the ticket. We read from the book Long Story Short and pray together.
Archer writes, "Devo’s were getting drowned in a swirling flood of diaper-change >
bath > PJs > spaghetti-dinner > bath-again > clean PJs >
bedtime-milk > spill > more clean PJs > drive-by prayers with
summarized Samson stories as daddy rushes out to teach a 'real Bile
study' to his 'other flock.' Why? Because I’m a slacker. My spineless lack of discipline was the only problem." Dad's, man up, you were called to this!
Real Love Multiplies-John Mark Reynolds writes a thought provoking essay on the importance of being together with the one you love. "Lovers would never be content with a virtual relationship. You must meet or you will miss the beloved. Sadly, merely being next to each other is not enough for real love. I
cannot gain wisdom by sitting next to my friend. Proximity can breed
distance if it leads to taking the beloved for granted. How can this be?
I can remain just as trapped in my own thoughts, paying no attention to
Hope, next to her as much as if we are far apart. I can fail to look at
her even if my eyes are pointed in her direction, if my mind is