“Jesus calls us o’er the tumult of our life’s wild, restless seas.
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth saying Christian follow me.”
Any time I read the title Jesus Calling, this song runs through me head. Not at all a problem because don’t we all need to be reminded over and over that Jesus is calling us to Him?
This book, Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids is doing just that for our children. Sarah Young wrote a book of daily devotional studies from Jesus’ perspective – Him talking to me, calling me to Him, calling me to know Him, calling me to study His word and learn more about Him, calling me to draw near to Him. In Devotions for Kids, Ms. Young’s work has been adapted for children by Tama Fortner. This book is calling our children to find out more about Jesus, to read His word, to come near to Him, to be stronger in Him.
The simple artwork is lovely and does not detract from the overall purpose and writing of the book. Each day there is a repeating image of a bird on a leaf that reminds me of Jesus in our daily life, right there, watching over me. I don’t know if this was intentional or not, but I appreciate the repeating element and the continuity it brings.
Each month has a theme. That theme is shared on a page with a Bible verse. After that page, the daily devotions begin for each day of the month.
Each day’s devotion has similar elements. There is the key verse for the day, which is written out at the top of the page. After that follows a few short paragraphs that invite you to spend just a few minutes contemplating the verse and how Jesus would have your children apply it in their lives. The writing is done as though Jesus is speaking directly to the kids. It is simple and clear, yet the words are powerful. Each day’s reading ends with one or two more Bible verses that the child can look up and read on their own or you can look up and read with them. The day’s readings take no more than five minutes yet that can be the most powerful five minutes in your child’s day.
My two oldest girls are using this in the mornings to do some personal Bible study and get their days going right. They are 8 and 10 and are able to find the verses in the Bible without any trouble, so this is completely independent for them. Well, except that I have to remind them to do so, but they are young and daily personal study is, unfortunately, a difficult habit to establish.
Family Christian sponsored this post by providing us a copy of Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids by Sarah Young. But there is a spectacular sale coming up that you will want to know about! Beginning Friday, November 14, 2014, and running through December 24, 2014, Family Christian Stores will have all Jesus Calling products on sale for 50% off. Everything Jesus Calling. 50% off. If you are looking for a gift to help draw a child closer to God, may I suggest that you head over to Family Christian and look at their materials? May I suggest that you do that if you are looking for an encouraging gift for anyone? I have not personally looked at the Jesus Calling books for adults but if the book for kids is any indication, I will like them.
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