Weekday devotionals for Christians

More Ideas When Your Normal Has Changed

Ephesians 5:15-17
(15) See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
(16) Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
(17) Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

2.Take advantage of the opportunity for Quality family time.

Similar to the first point, If you have children at home…or grandchildren, resist the urge to binge watch something on TV, smartphone, tablet, computer, etc. Have you made a statement like, “If I had more time with the kids, I would…”? This is a great opportunity to build memories, teach, train, or just have some fun time with them. If your children know some Bible stories, you can play a version of “would you rather” with different Bible characters or events, or happenings.

You might need to get creative, but it will be worth it when you look back on this time (assuming you took advantage of it).

  • Ask your kids to use their imagination in thinking up a game, activity, or idea to do in the house.
  • If your kids are small, play hide and go seek
  • If your kids are big, play treasure hunt and someone hide an item. They could even potentially give clues to the “treasure”.
  • Play a board game
  • Play dress up if you have girls
  • Have a tea party
  • Have a quiz show with prizes at the end for the winner.
  • Take a walk and give every one a set time to talk during that time.
  • Call up your parents and interview them about a historical event that they lived through.
  • There can be a lot of things that are possible, it just might take some imagination…
  • Check out pinterest…I hear that there are some good ideas on there
  • Bake something that is simple, but totally different…let your children pick an item for you to bake…get them involved with you while you bake…they will love it!
  • What things did I miss? What Ideas do you have ? Please share in the comments below.

April 3, 2020 Posted by | Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church | , , , | 3 Comments

The Best Exercise For You

Romans  6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Walking is (I have been told) some of the best exercise that we can do.  I am not a fitness expert so I have to trust the experts when they say that walking is good for you and me.  I actually enjoy walking, as long as I am with my family.  I like to walk with them and talk to them.  Usually me and my wife walk while the girls ride their bikes.  Another reason why I like walking is that I get to multi-task.  I like multi-tasking!  In fact, I really dislike it when I can’t.  I like the ability and the thought of getting multiple things done at the same time!  Sometimes this can hurt me because I try to do too much and drop the ball on all the things that I try to accomplish.

1John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

When I walk with God, many things happen:

1. I walk with someone who has never sinned.  This brings conviction to me.  Even though Jesus loves me, He is righteous and pure and that convicts me.  I cannot be full of pride when I walk next to someone whose righteousness reveals my dirty and sinful state.

to be continued tomorrow….

April 12, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What About Me?

Isa 66:1  Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? 

I hope this finds everyone well as I am trying to get fully back into the normal routine with everything that I am involved with.  I have missed the last two monday’s devotionals and I apologize for that.  I started this journey into writing devotionals about one year ago as I met someone that help me put into devotional form what the Lord has been putting on my heart for a long time.  Thank you to Edwin Raybert (ha ha) Newmans as he nudged me in the right direction and has answered countless questions when it comes to the internet and the blog formats that I have used.  I have enjoyed doing these devotionals as the Lord has also used them in my life.  I know of atleast one person who is getting encouraged and challenged by these devotionals…me.  If these can be a blessing to you also, then praise the Lord.  I do appreciate you reading this as I try to put into words the “scattered and sometimes chaotic ideas” that swirl around in my head.  Thank you to those who consistently read these and pass them along to others, you are truly a blessing to me!

Today’s thought comes from a verse that jumped out at me a while back in my devotionals and would not let me go.  I get really challenged by the Lord on this verse because I spend a lot of time trying to take care of my own family and life.  While I am for a man or woman taking care of their own family, I get reminded that a priority in my life is God’s place.  God, Jesus Christ, should have ultimate priority and a prominent place in my heart…His Home.

Here is the thought, while we go about our lives, is God in the forefront of your life?  While I take care of my children, do I speak of Him to them?  When I tell my wife how important and special she is to me (we should do that), and she is very important to me; do I also tell God that He is THE MOST IMPORTANT?  When I love on my beautiful little girls, do I love on God like I should.  When I drop everything to take care of their emergencies, do I drop things that I want to do to show God He is important?  I wish I could say yes to all of those other questions, but one thing I can do is to work on it and 3 months, 6 months, or 1 year from now I want to be able to answer yes a lot more than I answer yes now.  How about you?  What would your answers be.  By the way, there are a lot more questions that can be asked, if you sit down and let the Holy Spirit show you the questions.

January 10, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No Trespassing!

Good Morning,

It was wonderful seeing you all this Sunday.  Look forward to seeing you at our mid week services.

Brother Ray Newmans


Psalms 90:12 – So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Last week I had a very interesting time with my work.  I was blessed by being awarded a large Section 8 housing complex to re-roof.  With this working blessing I am never short of people to share the GOOD NEWS with at these locations.  Very poor and defeated people who by all means need the love the Lord has plenty of.  Amazing as it may seem my devotional today has nothing to do with them 100 or so people living in that housing complex.  It has to do with the couple just behind this complex.  I will be as brief as I can be,  I know your time is limited.  Please let me paint the picture for you.

Old man in his 80s at least.  Hard looking man.  Just not the one you would pull up a chair with.  Life had been hard on him from what I could see.  His skin was sun beaten and cracked.  His laser like blue eyes shined through his leather colored face.  He has some health issues, but was doing well for the years he had been allowed to walk around on this earth.  I thought of how many presidents, how many fads, and how many hard times this guy had lived past.  Then…  watching him walk in his back door.  I wondered how many books he could write about the wonderful things he had experience in his life.  He had a modest house.  He wife was always in the kitchen window.  I seen him smile once.  Of course not at me.  It was when he walk out of the house to get in his chair on the back porch.  You could tell he loved her more at them moments then ever.

His home was older then the Section 8 complex.  So, that means he was there first and stayed even after his property value took a big hit from it.  He didn’t build a huge fence.  He didn’t have 7 blood hunger attack dog waiting for someone to walk his way.  All he had was a little sign stuck in the ground stating “NO TRESPASSING”.  Sometimes the wind would carry the paper off our shingle bundles into his yard.  I would stop at the sign.  Look at him.  He would tip his hat.  I would run over get the trash out of his yard and hurry back to the “my side” of the trespassing sign.  My crew all followed the same rules.  NO ONE went into his yard unless he was on his porch and gave us the go ahead.  Needless to say he spent a lot of time on his porch Monday giving us permission to enter and then making sure we exited his unguarded grounds.

The next day we moved on to a different building and his yard was not in danger of trash any longer.  I still noticed him on that porch about the same time every day.  Then I was snapped back into your building something mode and just got busy with all my daily worries of roofing.

That same evening two men broke into that OLD MAN’s home looking for pain pills.  They found what they broke in looking for… 7 pain pills.  The cost!  They beat that old man so bad he died the Friday morning.  His wife placed in the hospital with a life no one wants to live.  A life of loss.  I didn’t even know his name.  I let the NO TRESPASSING sign hold me back.  Evil used it for a target.  I didn’t “GO” because I thought I had plenty of time. I would catch him in the yard and get him talking.  That day will never happen!

All our days are numbered.  I promise you this right now… If I could have that Monday of last week back.  I would know his name.  I would have heard them stories.  I would have ask that very important question.  If you died today, would you go to HEAVEN?

October 24, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Son

Pro 1:8  My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
Pro 1:9  For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
Pro 1:10  My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

Over the next few months, I will be doing atleast one devotional a week on the home.  While I realize that I still have a lot to learn about the “home”, I want to point out a few things:

1. I love my Home.  I am not talking about the physical structure in which my family lives in.

2.I love the Home.

3. I grew up in a christian home.

4. I am training my children the in the way that I was raised.

5. I have a goodly heritage. -Psalms 16:6

6. I want my children to follow God’s will for their life.

7. I want my children to have a goodly heritage. -Psalms 16:6

8. I want to be the best christian example for my children to look to.

As I read these verses in Proverbs, I am reminded at how much importance is put on the Home, the Family, the first Institution ever established.  I did a word study in Proverbs on the the words, “My Son”, and was surprised at what I found:  23 verses in this book alone that Solomon was using to reach out to his son…in his HOME.  All of our children are precious to us, but have you ever felt “what do I do now”?  I plan on using the Bible in these devotions and pray that all of us can gain something and apply it to our own homes.  I need all the help I can get…how about you?  By the way, if you know of someone who could use these devotionals, then forward this to them so that they can sign up.

Challenge for the day:

Sit down and write out some goals for your family, your children, and your marriage.  It would do us all good to sit down and focus on what God would have for our own families. 

Pro 29:18  Where there is no vision, the people perish:

October 18, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment