Friday, December 2, 2016

Quiet Time/Devotions for 15 month old

First, I have to tell you a story about an insanely generous woman we just met from Craigslist.  We were selling our dining room table since the one we is pretty worn out and I wanted to replace it with a larger farmhouse table I could refinish.

The woman, her husband and granddaughter came to pick up the table and she was just exuding with kindness and joy from the minute she walked in the door.  She doted on Gideon and complimented him on his red hair, of course :)

When it came time for her to pay me she asked me to remind her how much the item was.  I am such a dork and couldn't remember...maybe $40 or 50?  I had it priced low I thought and had many other items listed at the moment so couldn't remember.

She pressed me to pull up the ad and I actually had it listed for $99 HA!  She said even that price was too low for the table and handed me over $200 cash.

After a lot of protesting and begging her to not pay DOUBLE the asking price...she declared she was the most stubborn person in the room, it was Christmas time, and she had a good week so wanted to pass along the blessing.

What??  We were so warmed by her generosity and kindness.  Who does that?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Galatians 5:22
On to devotionals...

Lately I've been feeling convicted and excited to use a more intentional chunk of time with Gideon to shepherd his tiny heart towards knowing Jesus.

How sweet he is playing quietly with baby Jesus and reading his Bible (keep scrolling, people)

Ryan and I have prayed over and for him every day of his life.  We read his Jesus Storybook Bible (a worthy investment, promise!!) and talk to him even now about a relationship with Jesus and how our sin is the reason Jesus went to the cross.

Now that he is becoming more active and interested, I want to at least TRY to have a set apart daily quiet time/lesson for him.

I've felt a little lost to know how to do that but we have been sent some good tools and I think we have something for this season figured out!

Real life!  He got sad that I couldn't find the sheep

After breakfast we have been setting aside about 15 minutes for a "quiet time"...

Some days Gideon and I just sing our memory verses from the Seeds of Courage CD I'm OBSESSED with!  Just ask Ryan, I sing our memory verses to him and he is mega impressed with how catchy the tunes are.

Other days I read a short story to Gid out of my Bible making big hand motions to up the excitement factor and we draw what we talked about on our big coloring pad.

Since it's Christmas time I pulled out his Fisher Price nativity set and we read the story of Jesus' birth while we play with the toys.  That is usually a big win!

It just depends on the day but these are a few short activities that work for us.

He got bored and we played workshop and tools

My dear friend Beth has developed really neat resources that we are starting to use that focus on integrating your faith into your everyday life at home.  Check out this link for them.

A friend just sent over this kid friendly Advent devotional if you need one!

Another important resource has been the The Mother of Boys Society (MOB).   The women who run this website base the ministry on Deuteronomy 6:5, "we believe God has called us to help raise up a generation of men who love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and strength."

Um, yes!  That is exactly what I want my mama mission to be.  MOB had a prayer challenge I went through earlier this month and many other articles and ideas on the website.

So those are a few ideas that we're using since he's just 15 months old but I'm excited to keep growing and expanding our time to love on him intentionally and raise him to be a man who loves the Lord. 

 It's the most important work I'll ever be a part of.

If you have other ideas and things that have worked...please share!

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Psalm 27:14

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