WHY HAVE A QUIET TIME? WEEKLY PARENTS PODCAST
Spending personal time in God’s Word each day is of primary importance. But a close second is making the Scriptures important as a family. That’s what the Quiet Time Diaries allows you to do. Age appropriate journals for the entire family focus on the same passage of Scripture for the entire year.
THIS MONTH’S QUIET TIME PASSAGES: December 31st – February 3rd
FAMILY DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE QUIET TIME JOURNAL
Week of December 31st – January 6th
This week in the Quiet Time Diary: Proverbs 1:1-3:18
Devotional Passage: Read Proverbs 1:1-9 (The Purpose of Wisdom and Instruction)
Question 1: It’s been said that wisdom is the ability to practically apply the truths of God’s Word. Verse 7 tells us that the process of wisdom begins with a fear of the Lord. What do you think it means to “fear the Lord?” (It has to do less with “terror” and more with awe, respect, reverence, honor).
Question 2: The writer of this section of Proverbs indicates that wisdom occurs when children hear and don’t forsake the instruction of their parents. It will be like an ornament on your head and chains on your neck. This indicates that parental instruction is precious and helpful. What are some ways that we can be better listeners and doers of parental instruction?
Week of January 7th – 13th
This week in the Quiet Time Diary: Proverbs 3:19-5:23
Devotional Passage: Read Proverbs 5:1-14 (The Dangers of Immoral Relationships)
Question 1: This passage has a father warning his son about a wrong friendship/relationship with another woman. He talks about her words and how they sound nice but they’re really evil (vv3-4) and how her steps don’t take her to very good places (vv5-6). When it comes to friendships, we have to be very careful about whom we pick – because sometimes their words and actions do not encourage us to honor the Lord. Are there any friendships you have that you need to be careful about?
Question 2: The person in these verses had the potential to make some really bad choices when it came to friendships. But in the event of poor choices he would need to acknowledge that they refused to listen to the voice of their authorities and teachers (v13). Why do you think some people have such a hard time obeying or listening to their authorities? Why do you sometimes have a hard time? What could the consequences be?
Week of January 14th -20th
Devotional Passage: Read Proverbs 6:1-11 (Laziness Can Be Destructive)
Question 1: Verses 6-11 talk about the ant and how we can learn a lot from it! The ant doesn’t need to be told what to do, it just makes wise decisions. How about you? Are you at the point where you can do what you need to do without being told?
Question 2: The ant also prepares for the future, working for its winter food in the summer. It knows winter is coming. Are there any events that are coming in your life that you can be preparing for now?
Week of January 21st -27th
Devotional Passage: Proverbs 8:12-21
Question1: Proverbs spends a lot of time talking about wisdom and the importance of wisdom in every day life. In today’s passage, wisdom speaks as though she’s a human (personification) and she identifies things that she embraces and things she rejects. Wise leaders embrace wisdom (vv15-16) – they take the time to apply God’s word to their lives. How do you make sure you are applying God’s word to your daily life? Can you give examples?
Question 2: Wisdom also says that having wisdom is much better than having many riches (vv18-19). Do you believe that? Why or why not?
Week of January 28-February 3
2 Corinthians 1:1-4:18
Devotional Passage: 2 Corinthians 1:1-11
Question 1: Paul spoke about how believers receive God’s comfort, so that they in turn can comfort others with the comfort they have received from God (v4). In what ways do you think Christians receive comfort from God? How could we in turn comfort others?
Question 2: Paul spoke about the trouble that he received as a missionary (v8). He was in such hardship that he thought he was going to die. One of the things Paul needed in that circumstance was prayer, and that’s what these believers were doing (v11). Do you know someone who is going through a hard time right now? In what ways could you be encouraging them through prayer?