Maybe regular church (or synagogue) membership just isn't working out for you. Maybe the kids’ sports schedules eat up every moment of your weekend time, especially Sunday mornings. And maybe you as a parent feel just a little bit guilty that you’re not giving your kids a better spiritual foundation. Well, there’s good news, and you don’t need to be in church to hear it! Here are five easy ways to reconnect your family to your spiritual roots, whether Jewish or Christian.
In our house, we have a lot of lost things. Lost things require either omniscience or prayer to be found, and sometimes both! To put this story into context, please let me give you a little background.
Not so long ago, there was an administrative and political “giant” tormenting our family and waging a long, seemingly hopeless battle over one of our children. “Giant” was the ideal word for this behemoth, who afflicted us with such demonic force that it brought us to tears at times. As Christians, we knew the victory was ours but the battle seemed hopeless, as nothing we were doing seemed to work. We were being consistent in our fellowship with God and in the Word, and there was nothing “out of order” in our personal lives that would warrant such an attack. The only guidance we had heard from the Lord was a reference to this story of David and Goliath, which we (of course!) agreed was true, but the ending seemed to be considerably less hopeful for us than for David!
Inscriptions are everywhere. We long to make our mark in this world, and from the beginning of time we have been finding ways to inscribe and record our thoughts. We have used tree bark, parchment, marble, clay, leather, stone, gold, and paper. We have written letters, pledged our love, carved our initials, branded our cattle, and embroidered our names. When God tells us in Isaiah 49:16 that He has inscribed us on the palms of His hands, He is likely referring to the ancient practice of the Jews engraving a symbol of Jerusalem or the temple on their skin, to remember their walls.
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A severe hearing loss from childhood caused Deborah Perkins to develop what she now calls her secret weapon: tuning in to God's voice. A Wellesley College graduate and an award-winning writer, Deborah is now a wife and mother of 3 boys. Deborah has devoted over 25 years to professional and lay Christian ministry in New England and beyond. Her passion is inspiring people to cultivate greater intimacy with God.