Tonight Judy and I took turns reading James to our family, then we prayed as if we were Elijah!
We read with nominal commentary -- just a quick expansion or explanation here and there. Then the Spirit moved me to write to you, covering a few benefits of reading the Word to your family.
- The Word is the food the Holy Spirit feeds back to Christ followers when He gives them counsel, hence your family must hear it!
- You as parent(s) reading the Word to your children establishes, over time, the priority of the Word in your life, and thus theirs.
- It is like taking a bath spiritually and emotionally. Even when it challenges, it also soothes and comforts. You want to settle down a restless, dispirited, irritable house? Wash it in the Word.
- It resets the mind. If you believe that how you think impacts your emotions, which usually determines your actions (seriously, this is true and vital to understand), then you'll see the value of hit the reset button often.