50 Days of Family – Weekly Devotions
Week One – April 7
Guest Speaker: Floyd Dawson
Day 1 – Hug your spouse for 6 seconds, 6 times a day for 6 days. In doing this you increase the potential of expanding your love for one another. Ephesians 5:23 and 5:33.
Day 2 – Make eye contact with each family member today and smile. Share a funny story and laugh together. Proverbs 17:22
Day 3 – Make a tender, physical contact with each child in the family. The scripture has numerous examples of Jesus touching people as he healed them. Read Mark 8:22, ” … and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.”
Day 4 – Make one positive statement to each family member today. Proverbs 18:21, “The tongue has the power of life and death … ”
Day 5 – Have a time of focused attention with one child today and each day until all have received it from you. Matthew 3:17, “… a voice from heaven said, ‘this is my beloved son in whom I’m well pleased.”
Day 6 – I call this next event “High/Low.” Some have referred to it as “Roses and Thorns.” Enjoy the intimacy of it as you experience it with the people you love the most. Here it is: Have a family meal today with everybody present. Without any judgment of good or bad and no lengthy commentary, share one good thing and one bad thing that happened this week.
Day 7 – Write something of hope (could be scripture) and place it on a door or pathway in your home. Draw attention to it in some way. Read Deuteronomy 6:1-9.
FINALLY: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Week Two – April 14 / Steele Wright
Day 8 – Read 1 Corinthians 7.
What advantages are there to being single? What unique role do single men and women play in the life of the church?
Day 9 – Pray for one single man or woman you know at First Baptist Joelton.
Day 10 – Call, text, or write an encouraging note to one of FBCJ’s single college students or young adults.
Day 11 – Schedule a time with your family to take a meal to a widow or single mother in our church.
Day 12 – Research the story of Amy Carmichael, a single female missionary to India who lived from 1867-1951. How did she glorify God in her singleness? Share a few insights about her story with your family.
Week Three – April 21 / David Royalty
Day 15 – Write on a note card:
“Jesus is my _________________.”
Drop it in the offering box in the vestibule on Easter Sunday morning. If you are comfortable, sign your name.
Day 16 – Draw a tombstone. Write your name on the top and your date of birth below. At the bottom, put “Jesus” and below his name write the word “Arisen”.
Day 17 – Create an equation. On the right side, put the age that the oldest person in your family lived and on the other side write the word “Eternity”.
Day 18 – Read Matthew 28:1-7
Day 19 – Complete this verse about Jesus:
“All __________________ had been given __________________.”
Day 20 – Complete this verse:
“He that hath the _______________ has _______________.”
1 John 5:12
Day 21—Complete this verse and find the supporting scripture:
“Jesus arose on the __________ day of the week.”
Week Four – April 28 / Michael Spitzer
Day 22 – Our cell phones distract us from spending quality time with our kids. Tonight have a “No Cell Phone” rule at the dinner table and spend time sharing about the day’s events. Give each person a time to share.
Day 23 – During the day or at bedtime today, read Matthew 19: 13-15. This is the story of Jesus and the children. Help them to know how very much Jesus loved and still, even today, loves children. Tell them how important they are to you and to Jesus. Affirmation is always needed in a child’s life.
Day 24 – Gather items like a toothbrush and toothpaste, bar of soap, wash cloth, package of gum, travel size deodorant, comb and other like items. Have your kids pack a few bags with these items. Write an encouraging note to put in each one and put them in your car. Encourage your children to look for homeless they can give the bags to on a passing street corner. Help them to understand that Jesus loves everyone!! Be a Good Samaritan.
Day 25 – We struggle with spending time with each other in our busy family lives today. Plan a night when you can all be together at one table and eat a meal together. As a parent or caregiver, take a moment and say a special word of love and encouragement to each one around the table.
Day 26 – Pick a night when you as parents or guardians take your son/s or daughter/s out on a date night. Moms take the boy/s, dad takes the girl/s. Let them help plan the night. Make it special and spend quality time with them. You will be surprised at how well they will respond!
Day 27 – Spend time, one evening or even during the day, to have a Game Night or Day with your family. Play the games they love to play and make it a fun time. Maybe finish with a good movie and spend time chatting about what they heard or enjoyed about the movie.
Day 28 – Today, for no reason, gather your tribe and take them out for ice cream. Do it as a sort of spur of the moment thing. No strings attached, just because. It’s the time spent that will be your reward!
Week Five – May 5 / Caleb Cummings
Day 29—Spend uninterrupted time reading Ephesians 5 together. Share your thoughts with one another after reading it.
Day 30 — Spend time in meaningful prayer with one another for one another.
Day 31— Give your spouse your undivided attention, allowing you both to have quality conversation.
Day 32—“Do not let the sun go down on your anger” (Eph. 4:26). Unresolved anger breeds tension and distance. Discuss any anger or tension between you and show grace and love to the other in response.
Day 33—Intentionally look for an opportunity to serve together at your local church or in the community.
Day 34—Pray with your spouse that your marriage would point others to Christ. Discuss the ways that is already happening and the ways you can grow in this.
Day 35—Take the day to spend with each other. Do something you both enjoy and will have fun doing together. Make memories!
Week Six – May 12 / David Royalty
Day 36 – Go to the FBCJ Bell Tower Prayer Garden and pray for a family who has placed a brick in memory of someone they loved.
Day 37– Go to the cemetery at FBCJ and find the grave of George Milliken, the founder of FBCJ. Thank God for his faith.
Day 38 – Do a prayer walk around our campus and pray God will protect and bless our church.
Day 39 – Call or text one staff member and tell them you are praying for them. Ask what they need you to pray for.
Day 40 – Bring a bag of groceries (non-perishable items) for our food pantry.
Day 41 – Take your family to the prayer room and read Matthew: Chapters 5-7.
Day 42 – Ask your family to save their change for one week and give it to the Annie Armstrong Easter offering at FBCJ.
Week Seven – May 19 / Gowen Cox
Day 43 – Read the opening statements and the section entitled “So, what is the good news about Jesus Christ?” What stood out about the Gospel? *Pray and thank God for Salvation from Judgement.
Day 44 – Read “God”. Have you been challenged in your perception of who God is? What does it mean that you are accountable to God? *Pray for continued understanding of God’s holiness.
Day 45 – Read “Mankind”. What does it mean that we have sinned against the Holy God? Why is sin so terrible? *Pray for God to help you realize how we are apart from Him.
Day 46 – Read “Jesus Christ”. How did Jesus and His death and resurrection provide salvation for us? *Pray that you will grow in your understanding of the Cross and God’s love for you.
Day 47 – Read “Our Response”. What is repentance? How are you responding in repentance and faith to the gospel? *Pray that you would be faithful in repentance.
Day 48 – In 1 Corinthians 15, we are told to remember the Gospel. Have your family members repeat the Gospel to themselves three times. “The Gospel is the good news of how we can be saved from the Judgment of God through the death, burial and resurrection of His one and only son, Jesus Christ.” * Pray for someone that you know who needs to hear the gospel.
Day 49 – Practice sharing the gospel with your family members and have them share it with you. Give the “What is the Gospel?” Tract to someone you know who is lost. *Pray for wisdom and the courage to share the gospel with this person.