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Training Hearts and Teaching Minds

This post is not a book review, though I am referencing a book in it. I'm sharing because it fits in strongly with the lessons God has been teaching me about living out what I say I believe. There are so many good things available for us to do, but there is no way to fit them all in. I've been learning to cut back and not let the good be the thief of the best. When I find the good things that help us achieve our goals, I grab hold of them.

As a mom, teaching my children and raising them up to follow Christ is my purpose. One way we do that is to sit down together for family devotions at night. It's only 5 or 10 minutes long, but it is vital. I'm always excited when I find a devotion that fits my whole family. I've tried dozens of books, but few have fit us well. I'm surprised there aren't more devotions geared towards the whole family. Here is one that we all approve of: Training Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism.

The idea of learning a catechism was foreign to me when we started. Since then, I've come to love the idea. There are some basics that get answered with much detail as we walk through life and study together and at church, but it's amazing how hard it is to answer some basic questions when they are posed to you.

For instance, the question of why we are here is a hard one. Why was mankind even created? Why did God make me specifically? What is the point of it all? The catechism helps you easily memorize and understand the answer: Man's primary purpose is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. That is what it's all about.

The answers are all found in scripture and this book does not teach us anything new, but it helps us understand the answers and have them at the ready when the doubts and questions in life crop up. It helps build a Biblical foundation of understanding.

As I said, we've had a few other favorites, and I think I have shared them in the past. I would love to hear of new ideas for us to use when this book is finished. I could easily see us just starting over with this book though. It is basic, but sometimes basic is exactly what we need.

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