With the beginning of Lent fast approaching on February 10, you might be starting to think about how your family will progress through this season of preparation for Easter. Or you might not! Either way, I have a fantastic new resource to share with you.
My wonderful friend, Jennifer Spencer, has written a devotional for families entitled Forty Names of Jesus. I started using this with my kids back in November as part of Jennifer's test audience. Slowly but surely, we have worked our way through it. I can tell you that each day's reading encouraged me to know Jesus more deeply and to love Him more.
This devotional is written primarily for children ages 5-10. (I used it with my 5, 9, and 12 year old.) Each day's reading begins with a few short scripture references followed by an explanation of the particular name of Jesus. The reading ends with a summary phrase that is particularly useful for helping younger kids grasp the main point and for quick review. Jennifer includes a few tangible ( and simple!) craft ideas to help reinforce the names. We made a paper chain, writing the name of Jesus on a link each day. The kids enjoyed watching the chain grow!
We spent about ten minutes per day on this devotional. It was a good length for our short morning study and prayer time before everyone heads off for the day.
We have used a number of Lenten devotionals over the years, and I can honestly say this is among my very favorites. I can see this becoming a yearly tradition at our house, with growing children understanding more of Christ with each passing year.
You can buy Forty Names of Jesus for $1.99 at Amazon. Also, I am giving away two copies! Enter through the giveaway below.
Forty Names of Jesus Devotional Giveaway
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