Aligning Our Family With God

John 8:12 “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

    Family Devotion (Week 41)

   May 20-May 26

Family Devotion (Week 42)

May 27-June2

Family Devotion (Week 43)

June 3-June 9

Family Devotion (Week 44)

June 10-16

This section is about Jonah.  God needed Jonah to go to Nineveh to reach this lost city.

Day 1:  Jonah 1:1-3

What did God ask Jonah to do?  How did Jonah respond? 

Day 2:  Jonah 1:4-6  What did the Lord do?  How did the crew and Jonah react?

Day 3: Jonah 1:7-9  When they cast lots, who did it fall on?  What did Jonah tell them?

Day 4:  Jonah 1:10-12  What did the sailors ask Jonah?  What was Jonah’s response?

Day 5: Jonah 1:13-17  What did the men try to do and what did they pray?  What did the Lord provide?

Day 6:  Jonah 2:1-6  What was his account once he was in the sea? 

Day 7: Jonah 2:7-10  Even when he thought he was about to drown, what did he do?  What did God do with him?

Families:  Read—Prayers for a Lost World  God does want all men to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus.  Are we like Jonah who runs away from going out to tell others about Jesus?  Read and Pray for a Non-Christian—there is a list to complete for people you know who need Christ.


Weekly Bible Memory Verse:  1 Peter 3:15

Jonah goes to Nineveh

Day 1:  Jonah 3:1-2  What was Jonah to do in Nineveh? 

Day 2:  Jonah 3:3-4  What was the city like?  What did Jonah say?

Day 3:  Jonah 3:5-6  What happened to the people and the king when they heard Jonah’s message?

Day 4 Jonah 3:7-8  What did the King declare?

Day 5:  Jonah 3:9  What did he hope would happen?

Day 6:  Jonah 3:10  How did God react? 

Day 7:  Looking back over the ten verses, how fast did the people respond to the news?  Was this an evil and violent city?  Do you think God cares as much about our community as he did Nineveh?

Families:  You read—Prayers for a Lost World.      You are to pray for an Unreached People Group.  An unreached people group is a group that you know who needs the Lord—(Gangs? Your school? Etc.)  What do you need to pray about?  Do you need to add prayers? 




Weekly Bible Memory Verse: Colossians 4:6

The people have turned to God, but Jonah has a bad attitude.

Day 1: Jonah 4:1  What was Jonah’s attitude?

Day 2: Jonah 4:2  Why did he have a bad attitude?  Do you think he had some type of prejudice? 

Day 3: Jonah 4:3  What did Jonah want God to do?  Is he throwing a temper tantrum? 

Day 4:  Jonah 4:4  How did God respond to Jonah?

Day 5: Jonah 4:5  What did Jonah do next?

Day 6:  Jonah 4:6  What did God do for Jonah?  What was Jonah’s response? 

Day 7  Jonah 4:7  What did God do to the vine?

Families:  You read—Prayers for a Lost World.   Read and Pray for the Government.  Do we have a bad attitude when we see other churches growing?  Do we have a bad attitude when we are asked to serve the Lord?  Check out your prayer list.  What do you need to pray about?  Do you need to add prayers? 




Weekly Bible Memory Verse: Jeremiah 1:7

What was God trying to teach Jonah?  What is he trying to teach us?

Day 1:  Jonah 4:8  What did God do and what was Jonah’s response?

Day 2:  Jonah 4:9  What did God ask Jonah and what was Jonah’s response?  What do you think the vine represents? 

Day 3:  Jonah 4:10  Do you have a better clue what the vine represents?

Day 4:  Jonah 4:11  Hopefully, you now understand why God provided the vine.  Are we more concerned with unimportant things than a human soul?

Day 5:  Do we have these problems to keep us from sharing the Gospel?  Prejudice? Pride? Pouting? Selfishness? Anger? Burnout? Jealousy? Depression?  Write down the opposite quality of each negative problem. Ask God for forgiveness and to change the negative problems to good qualities. 

Day 6:  Who in your life do you struggle to reach out to?  People of a different religion?  People who are of a different denomination?  People of another ethnic background?  People in a different social class?

Day 7:  Who do you see God is calling you to reach to?  My family? My neighbors? My classmates?  My coworkers?  My relatives?


Families:   Read--Prayer for Missionaries and Read the Prayer for Missionaries Check out your prayer list.  What do you need to pray about?  Do you need to add prayers? 

Weekly Bible Memory Verse:

Jeremiah 1:8 

    Family Devotion (Week 45)

   June 17-23

Family Devotion (Week 46)

June 24-30

Family Devotion (Week 47)

July 1-July 7

Family Devotion (Week 48)

July 8-July14




This section has lengthy reading.  If you are unable to read all of Job, just take the first listed reading.

Why do bad things happen to good people?  God’s people?  Job is an account of a righteous man who went through incredible things for God to prove to Satan that Job would love him even when terrible things happened to him.

Day 1:  Job 1:1-22 What was Job’s character?  What happened to all of his possessions and children?

Day 2:  Job 2:1-13  What did God say about Job and what did Satan say?  What happened next to Job?

Day 3: Job 3:1-26; Job 4:1-21; Job 5:1-27  What was Job thinking and what did Eliphaz say to him?  Were they both thinking this was caused by God?

Day 4:  Job 6:1-30 and 7:1-21  What are Job’s words about?  What does he feel has happened?

Day 5: Job 8:1-22  Job’s friend Bilad now speaks.  What does he say is the problem?  Are we quick to judge others?

Day 6:  Job 9:1-35 and 10:1-22  What are Job’s feelings?  Are his friends comforting him?  Praying for him?

Day 7: Job 11: 1-20  What did his third friend Zophar say? Is he judging Job?  Praying with him?

Families:  Read—Prayer for the Church  Read the Prayer for Yourself and the Church.  Make a list of the people you know that are going through tough times.  Pray for Satan to be bound and for God’s hedge and angels to go around them.  Pray

Psalm 91 around them. Check your own prayer lists.


Weekly Bible Memory Verse: 

Matthew 18:18

Job is pouring out his heart to his friends and trying to understand why God has done this to him.  He thinks God isn’t listening or hearing him.  Are his friends helping him?

Day 1:  Job: 12:1-25; Job 13:1-28; Job 14:1-22  What are Job’s feelings? 

Day 2:  Job: 15:1-35  Job’s friend Eliphaz speaks.  What does he say?

Day 3:  Job 16:1-22; 17:1-16 What does Job say to his friends?  Is Satan using his friends also against him? 

Day 4 Job 18:1-21  Bildad speaks again.  Does he encourage Job?  Does he blame Job for his troubles?

Day 5:  Job 19:1-29  Job responds and he praises the Lord.  Do you think he realizes that their words are not from God?

Day 6:  Job 20:1-29  Zophar replies.  What does he call Job? 

Day 7:  This week’s intense reading hopefully has opened our eyes.  Are we quick to judge?  Do we gauge what is happening to a person thinking it is from God?  We need to be praying for them.  Are we?

Families:  You read—Prayer for the Church and created a prayer list of friends needing your prayers.      Continue to pray for them.  What do you need to pray about?  Do you need to add prayers? 






Weekly Bible Memory Verse: Psalm 34:22

How long will Job go through his pain, suffering and accusations by his friends. 

Day 1: Job 21:1-34  What was Job’s response?

Day 2: Eliphaz comes back telling Job what he thinks are his sins.  Do we judge others like he judges Job?  Job 22:1-30 

Day 3: Job 23:1-17  Does Job think this is a test? Job 24:1-25  Is Job wondering why this won’t end?  Is he trying to understand what is happening?  

Day 4:  Job 25:1-6  Bildad responds.  What does he consider man?

Day 5: Job 26:1-14 Job replies and then he begin his discourse.  Job 27:1-23  What does Job proclaim?

Day 6:  Job 28:1-28  What does Job declare about wisdom? 

Day 7  Job 29:1-25; Job 30:1-31; Job 31:1-40 (You may read all of this or select from the chapters.) Job pours out his heart and thinks about what he has tried to do as a righteous man.

Families:   When something bad happens, how do we respond?  Do we stick with God and believe he will bring us through our adversity?  Do we help others through their problems?  Do you need to add prayers to your journal?



Weekly Bible Memory Verse: Matthew 5:44-45a

Elihu speaks for Chapters 32-37.  Feel free to read these chapters; but in Chapter 38, God speaks.

Day 1:  Job 38:1-41  Journal what you learn about God from these verses.

Day 2:  Job 39:1-30  What else have you learned about God?

Day 3:  Job 40:1-34  God speaks of two creatures—the behemoth and leviathan.  Many scholars say these were two types of dinosaurs.  What did you learn?

Day 4:  Job 42:1-6  Job replies to the Lord.  What was Job’s final conclusion?

Day 5:  God then speaks to the three friends.  What does he say?  Job 42:7-9

Day 6:  What did God do for Job?  What did his brothers and sisters do?  Job 42:10-11

Day 7:  What did God do for Job for the rest of his life?  How long did he live?  Job 42:12-17

Families:   After someone has had devastating loss, do we comfort and console them?  Job was then blessed by God.  Look at how many more sheep, camels, oxen and donkeys he now has.  He has more children—the same amount he lost before Satan’s attack; and his daughters are beautiful.  This book can give us hope and assurance that God will answer us, he will be with us, and he will bless us when we follow him.






Weekly Bible Memory Verse:

Matthew 5:45b








 Family Devotion (Week 49)

   July 15-July21







Family Devotion (Week 50)

July 22-July 28







Family Devotion (Week 51)

July 29-August 4







Family Devotion (Week 52)

August 5-August 11

After the Jewish people had been in captivity for 70 years, God used two men to rebuild the temple and the wall of Jerusalem—Ezra and Nehemiah.  God used three Kings to help the Jewish people return to their home land—King Cyrus, King Artaxerxes and King Darius.

Day 1:  Ezra 1:11  What did God do to King Cyrus’ heart?  How many things were taken back to Jerusalem?

Day 2 Ezra 2:64-70; Ezra 3:1-6  How many people went back?  Why did they build the Altar?  What did they celebrate?

Day 3: Ezra 3:7-13  What did the people rebuild?  Were they happy or sad?

Day 4:  Ezra 4:1-5 What happened when the temple was being built?  Ezra 4:6-24  What did King Artaxerxes write in his letter?  What happened to the rebuilding of the temple?

Day 5: Ezra 5:1-6  What happened to the temple?  Ezra 5:8-17  A letter is written; what is in the letter?

Day 6:  Ezra 6:1-18  What was King Darius’ response and decree?

Day 7: Ezra 7:1-28  What was Ezra?  Why was the letter from King Artaxerxes important?

Families:  Read--Make Us Worthy of the Day of Christ  When God is moving, Satan tries to put up obstacles to keep things from happening.  Are we aligning each day with God and seeking to see what we can do to advance the kingdom?

Weekly Bible Memory Verse: 

2 Thessalonians 1:3

Ezra sets out with the people to return to Jerusalem. 

Day 1:  Ezra 8:15-23  What did the request from God?

Day 2:  Ezra:24-36  Why was Ezra concerned about his safety?  What did they do when they got safely there?

Day 3:  Ezra prays to God.  Ezra 9:6-15  What did Ezra pray? 

Day 4 The people respond.  Ezra 10:1-17  What was their sin and what had to be done?

Day 5:  God uses Nehemiah. Nehemiah 1:3  What was the news Nehemiah received about the exile?

Day 6:  Nehemiah 1:4-11.  What did Nehemiah pray?

Day 7:  Nehemiah 2:1-9  What happened as a result of Nehemiah’s prayer?

Families:  You read—Make Us Worthy of the Day of Christ.      Read Prayer for Yourself.  Do we see things that disturb us so much that we pour our hearts out to God?  What do you need to pray about?  Do you need to add prayers? 




Weekly Bible Memory Verse: Psalm 91:2

Once in Jerusalem, Nehemiah inspects the walls.  He goes through much of what Ezra went through building the temple—opposition.

Day 1: Nehemiah 2:11-20  What was Nehemiah’s response to the opposition?

Day 2: Nehemiah 3:1-32  What were all of the gates that were rebuilt?

Day 3: Nehemiah 4:1-21  When they had opposition, they continued.  What did they do to continue building?

Day 4:  Nehemiah takes care of the poor.  Nehemiah 5:1-19  What did Nehemiah do? 

Day 5: Nehemiah faces more problems with the wall.  Nehemiah 6:14  What was the plot to stop the building?  How did Nehemiah reply?

Day 6:  The wall is finished!!  Nehemiah 6:15-19  What did the people realize?

Day 7  Ezra reads the Law.  Nehemiah 8:1-8  What did the people do?

Families:   You read—Make Us Worthy of the Day of Christ.      Read Prayer for Another Christian.  Look back now over the prayer requests for the past year.  Look at all that God has done for you.  Write a list and Praise the Lord for his answers.   





Weekly Bible Memory Verse:

Ephesians 1:5

The people confess their sins—they align themselves with God

Day 1:  Nehemiah 8:9-18  What did the people do and what was Nehemiah’s response? 

Day 2:  Nehemiah 9:1-3  What did the people do?

Day 3:  The people recount how they got to the point they sinned against God.  Nehemiah 9:16-18; 26-31  What was their sin?

Day 4:  Nehemiah 9:32-37  What did the people say to God?

Day 5:  The people made a binding agreement so people would not go back to doing evil.   Nehemiah 9:38 10:28-39  List some of the items from the agreement. 

Day 6:  There was a great celebration.  What happened?  Nehemiah 12:27-31; 38, 40, 43

Day 7:  Nehemiah leaves and then comes back.  He finds that several groups have done some things that are against God’s laws.  Nehemiah 13.  What does Nehemiah ask God in verses 14 and 22.  The last words in verse 31 summarize Nehemiah’s wishes—“Remember me with favor, O my God.”  Is that your heart’s wish?

Families:   You read—Make Us Worthy of the Day of Christ.      Read Prayer for the Church.  Look back now over the memory verses.  Which is your favorite verse?     




Weekly Bible Memory Verse:

Nehemiah 13:31b  Remember me with favor, O my God.”




The Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13 New International Version (NIV)


“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
    but deliver us from the evil one.[b]


The Lord’s Prayer

Paraphrased by

SonQuest Rainforest

Vacation Bible School, Page 28, Session 4 Grades 1 and 2


“Dear God, You are my Father.  Your name is holy because You are holy.  Your plan for the world is perfect!  I need food every day please provide it.  I know You will!  Thank You for all of the cool stuff You give me!  I have done many things wrong.  Will You please forgive me?  Please help me forgive people who have been mean to me, just like You forgive me.  Please help me stay away from trouble and help me do what is right.  Amen.”












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