In the rush and crush of daily living, our intended conversations about faith and God with the children in our lives can often be left by the toaster or on the floor of the car.
Today, the Florida Conference launches daily devotions for adults to share with children. They include scripture and a conversation that takes less than a minute to read online, on a mobile phone or on an iPad or other tablet. Just click on the button of children’s Bible story art at the bottom of our home page to tune in. The devotions are posted daily in the morning no later than noon.
“Devotions for My Grandkids” is written by Mike Baer, a former church pastor, and he began writing the devotions when his first grandchild was born.
“I take the spiritual formation of my family as my highest priority,” Mike says. “When my first grandchild was born, I realized I couldn’t be there every day to help with raising him in the faith. That’s when I got the idea of writing and posting daily devotions for my grandchildren from me.
“I realize there are probably lots of grandparents, as well as parents, who just want a little help with leading devotions and spiritual conversations with their kids or grandkids,” he says. “I appreciate the chance to help parents and grandparents who want to raise their kids to know and love God.”
|December 10, 2012
Psalm 143:10 ESV
"Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!"
Being good is not easy. And following Jesus is even more difficult. Sometimes we don't want to do what He wants. More often we want to do what Jesus says but don't do it anyway. We are all like that. That's why King David prayed that God would work in his heart to help him want to and actually do the Lord's will. We can pray this, too.
Mike has two daughters and four grandchildren, and he lives with his wife Cindy in Hendersonville, N.C.
About the author: Mike Baer pastored churches in Hilton Head, S.C., and Texas after graduating from the Dallas Theological Seminary. After leaving the formal pastorate in the 1980s, Mike seeks to integrate faith into the business community in the US and internationally. He is the author of “Business as Mission” and is chief people officer for EmployBridge, an Atlanta, GA-based staffing company. He is also the executive director of International Micro Enterprise Development (IMED), a humanitarian aid organization that launches small businesses among the poor and disenfranchised in the developing world.