“Why is my name on a rock?”

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Blog, Dads, Family Devo Tips, Family Devotions, Ideas, Praying Together

“Why is my name on a rock?” That’s what a friend of mine asked when I told him his name was on our Prayer Rock!

I explained that when we write your name on a rock, that means we are praying for you!  Get on our rock and you know the Cronkhites are praying for you!

Prayer Rocks helps us remember to pray for people that we may otherwise forget.  Another benefit is that the kids have something tangible to hold as we pray together.  (You just have to make sure siblings don’t throw it each other.)

Let’s be honest, we have all forgotten to pray for someone.  Get them on a rock and your family will be reminded to pray for them consistently.  Then, after God answers, we can place another rock in our memorial of God’s answered prayers, reminding all of us year after year of His faithfulness!

We have shared the idea of Prayer Rocks with many families and to tell even more families, we have enlisted the help of Evergreen Media Productions to produce a video to inspire parents/grandparents to lead their children to seek God as they pray with expectation! (Filming date: March 3-6)

Prayer Rocks is a movement that any family, in any country, of any language, can implement to help raise children who know God is at work!!

Helping you have Homes Devoted,

JONATHAN

PS. We have a matching donor up to $10,000!!  Every dollar given will double our goal of $20k!  We are partnering with many ministries for its distribution, so millions of families will be changed for generations!  Pray with us for the process, funding, and the global impact!  Click here to join the movement!  

PSS. The video is going to have clips of three families going through an issue needing prayer, writing prayer requests on rocks and then adding that rock to their “memorial,” intermingled with an interview of me sharing about the importance of praying together with our children (similar to this video Evergreen Media created https://vimeo.com/258451449 ).

PSSS. (To see the caliber of video production from Evergreen Media, here is a promo video they did for a church sermon series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl6qdoP5yCQ )

Mom/Dad, You Lead a Home Church.

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Challenging, Dads, Family Devotions, Grandparents, leaving a legacy, Praying Together

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Every Mom and Dad leads a church. That’s right, like it or not, feel equipped or not…you lead a home church.  (If you are a Grandparent, keep reading or forward this to your kids.) He chose you to pastor those kids! No one is more perfect for the job! (Notice, I didn’t say you were perfect.) It’s God’s plan. It’s because you have the opportunity to share God’s redemptive story (and live out God’s story) each day of the week.

Remember this verse? “Impress them [the Lord’s commands] on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:7

To help you lead your home church, here is one resource we love to share with all moms, dads and grandparents who have kids around 13 years and younger.  It’s called the Family Bible Library. 

I wish I could post videos and samples, which I have done in the past, but their lawyers called me and told me if I didn’t take if off our website, I was going to get sued!  (No kidding!)

Our kids love it!  We’ve used it for over 15 years. I STILL read it with Bethany most mornings!  I love the time in the morning with her snuggling beside me as I read a Bible story that is so well written, we are both drawn into the story and drawn closer to our God and Savior! It’s a 10 Volume set.  (It’s why our kids would amaze their Sunday School teachers with Bible knowledge!)

Here is a picture of them, so you can find a set on Amazon or eBay. I recently purchased 4 more sets, so that I’ll have a set to give to each of our kids when they have kids of their own. 

Take a few minutes every day, either in the morning, in the car or at bedtime and lead your home church.  It’s not as hard as it seems. The payoff is eternal. What a privilege and honor to lead the little souls He has entrusted to us! 

Helping your home church!

5 Benefits of Praying Together as a Family

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Blog, Family Devotions, leaving a legacy, Prayers, Praying Together

We say mealtime prayers and pray with our kids at bedtime, but let’s also gather the family to seek God with the expectation for Him to answer!  Let’s fervently seek God’s heart and will; praise Him, thank Him, ask for forgiveness, and pray for others and our needs.

George Barna’s research revealed that less than 10% of parents in the church pray together with their kids other than at mealtimes.*  Let’s change those stats one family at a time starting this Easter as we lead our kids to trust Him through prayer.

Here are 5 benefits for praying with our children:

  1. Teaches them how to approach God.  Telling someone how to change a tire is a lot different than doing it with them.  How we pray is most probably how they will pray.  Praying together models for them, guides and teaches them.  What a privilege it is to lead our children to connect with God!
  2. We hear what’s on their hearts and minds; their major concerns.  We learn about their character as they share their challenges about friends, tests or siblings.  It’s such a blessing to hear their prayers for those who need help or God’s healing touch.
  3. Helps us connect with God and each other.  Nothing can restore relationships better than asking for forgiveness!  We teach our children to ask for forgiveness from God and each other.  We want them to know God does forgive and that we are all in need of a Savior, even mommy and daddy!
  4. God answers the prayer of children!  God hears a child’s prayer.  God listens to children; God uses children. It was a child who had the 5 loaves and 2 fish (John 6:8-9).  Do you remember Josiah, the faithful boy king (2 Kings 22)?  He was used to restore a nation to God. Sharing these scriptures and encouraging our kids to build their relationship with God now, communicates to our children that God wants to work through them and that He listens to them today, not just when they are older!   It was Jesus who said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
  5. The most important benefit is so our children will experience GOD AT WORK.   Too many children are going to church and hearing terrific stories of what God has done in the past, but aren’t experiencing what He is doing today outside of Sunday mornings.  This is the biggest reason why the majority of children in church today are walking away: they are not experiencing the fruit of a home devoted.  We must point out God’s answered prayers, so our children know He is at work; that He still answers prayers!  Let’s make God known at home for doing great things here and now and then when our kids grow up and reach that age when their only hope is to rely upon God, they will know He is alive and working in their lives; that He is faithful; that He cares.

Let’s continue to sharpen each other. Respond with your comments, thoughts, questions below.

Questions to ponder individually, as a couple, or as a small group:

  1. How do our children experience God at work?  
  2. When will they experience God’s answered prayers for themselves?
  3. Why do you think the majority of children in the church grow up and out of their faith by college?
  4. When can we pray together?  (Suggestions: at a meal, in the car, after dinner, before going to bed, etc.)

*(Barna, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, p. 78)

“Live” Christmas Morning Devotion with Santa

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Blog, Christmas, Faith Conversations, Family Devotions, Video Challenges

Parents, gather the family and join us Christmas morning for this “live streaming” family devotion. Even a guest appearance from Santa before he goes to Hawaii for a long over due vacation.  It’s a prerecorded video you can watch before or after opening gifts.  You can even watch in the car.

You may be traveling or visiting with family and not attending a church service, so we encourage you to take time on Christmas, Christ’s birthday, to focus on Him.  It’s so important, especially those of you with children, so they grow up keeping Christ in Christmas.

You may want to open with prayer and sing a few worshipful songs.  (Below are a few links to Youtube songs with lyrics.)  After watching the 13 minute video, there are a few questions for discussion to apply and connect the message with those you are with .  After, close in prayer, giving thanks to God for giving us the greatest gift!  (You just had a worship service at home!)

Chris Tomlin – It’s Christmas

Silent Night – Casting Crowns

Chris Tomlin – What Child Is This?

This video was made for and in conjunction with Trinity Wellsprings Church who has a vision for families to worship together at home!  Click here to go to their webpage link.

Questions:

  1. What did you get for Christmas last year?  If you remember, do you still remember how excited you were about it?
  2. Where is it now?  Do you still use it?
  3. What traditions do have that are going to be passed down to your kids and grandkids?
  4. Most important: What is one thing our family can do in 2017 that will last?
  5. How can we serve our neighbors (without anything in return)?
  6. How can we share the message of Christ’s love with our friends?

The Ultimate Goal

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Blog, Encouragement, Family Devotions, Grandparents, Heart Connections With Your Kids

If the target of Satan is the family, then your heart is the bulls-eye.

I should stop writing to let that sink in.  Reread that.  I encourage you to stop, think, pray about what this means for you and your family.

Pursue the Ultimate Goal this summer.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6.9

The Ultimate goal of parenting/grandparenting is to connect our children’s hearts to HIS; to connect them with the heart of their heavenly Father.  David Platt said, “The Ultimate Goal is NOT for our kids to behave and be moral upright citizens….Our goal is not for our kids to make great friends, to develop a great self-esteem, to get into a great college, be a great leader, find a great spouse, have a great career with a great income, and then a great retirement.  The ultimate goal of parenting/grand parenting is for them to love a GREAT God.  So much so they will abandon everything this world has to offer in order to follow after Him: no matter what he says, no matter what it costs them and no matter what it costs you.”

Most parents have a vision for their children: get good grades, get into a great college, eagle scout, black belt, 4.0 gpa, etc.  Those are all good things, but the problem is our vision often doesn’t extend to eternity.  We get distracted by earthy things that keep us from being able to focus on God. We want to make sure we give our children every opportunity to succeed in school/sports/music, get into a great college, be socially well adjusted and yet, are not so much concerned about their souls.  (Read Psalm 78:1-8.)

WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES: Are we parenting for earthly rewards or for KINGDOM, heavenly, rewards?   God, our Father, wants our children to know Him personally, intimately.  Even more than we do.  He loves them even more than we do.

Wrap your family in His love, convey the heart of our Father to your children as you enjoy your summer.

The Ultimate Goal…

Jonathan

[This is an excerpt of our workshop, sharing the vision of the importance of faith at home. If you would like to schedule this or other workshops, you can email Jonathan at jc@homesdevoted.com.]

Questions:

  • Are we connecting their hearts with God’s?  In what ways?  When can we have family devotions?
  • How are we pursuing a Kingdom vision with our children?
  • What is our vision for your family? For our children?
  • How might we be conforming to the world vs. seeking God’s plan for our family? Are we just doing what everyone else is doing or do we have a vision from God for each of our children and we are parenting in light of that? (Romans 12.1)
  • If you are a grandparent: How can I be accomplishing the Ultimate Goal with my grandchildren?

 

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