Monday, July 14, 2014

Your Legacy of Faith: a devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton

“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6: 6-7 NIV).

Does your family really know how much you love the Lord? Do you speak of your faith with them often? My mother was a great influence on me in regards to having faith in God. She loved Him and I knew it. My mother took me to church every Sunday as a child, and I continued to go as a teenager also. Every day I would see her open up her Bible and read from it. I am privileged today to have that Bible and cherish it. She not only went to church every Sunday, but she showed me what it was like to serve God also. She would take me to visit shut-ins or older folks when I was a small child. She helped people when she could. She took me to prayer service, and I remember as a small girl kneeling with her and praying for those who were sick or in need of help. I knew she prayed for me also. I still remember her kneeling by my bed every night and saying my prayers with me. She volunteered to help in church in many ways. You see her example led me to believe that being a Christian was so much more than just going to church. It meant that you served Him by helping others, reading the Bible every day, and praying earnestly. It is because of her faithfulness to the Lord, that I have the faith I have today.  

Do you speak with your children and grand-children about your faith in God? Do you tell them that you are praying for them?  Do you pray with them? Do they see you reading the Bible every day? Do you have a family devotion time?  Have you talked with them about how God has answered prayers for you?  Do you take them to help others and do you teach them to give to others?  Being a Christian is so much more than just believing in the Lord. It is doing His will every day and showing others around you how important it is to pray, read the Bible, and serve Him in a sacrificial manner.
It is my hope that you will really pray about ways that you can show your family the importance of faith in God in every aspect of your life, and that you reveal to them how important Christ is in your life. It will impact your family in a wonderful way and you will leave a legacy of faith for generations to come.

Dear Lord,
Help me to speak of your love to my family and show them that you are a very important part of my life. Help me to take time to pray with them, read the Bible with them, and show them that it is important to give to others who are in need. I want those I love to serve you and believe that all things are possible through you.
In Jesus’ name,