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Creative2xmomCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Praying with boldness, vulnerability, and persistenceJune 27, 2018Creative2xmomCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This new devotional by Mark Batterson introduces the next generation to the Jewish legend of Honi the Circle Maker. Honi drew a circle in the sand and refused to budge until the Lord answered his prayer. Under seemingly impossible circumstances, Honi continued to lift his requests with boldness until rain fell and ended the drought.
Featuring 100 devotionals, each section includes a related Scripture, teaching, and prayer, as well as space to write about your child's personal prayer requests. I especially appreciate that the devotional makes note of asking the Lord how to pray and acknowledging that He doesn't always answer in the way we'd like. The idea of persisting in prayer has great relevance for our time. Long standing prayer has fallen by the wayside in our high speed culture and yet, it remains foundational to the faith.
Teaching our children to pray should be high on every parent's priority list. As our children mature, it's our goal to help them mature in their spiritual life as well. Learning to pray with boldness, vulnerability, and persistence will benefit them both now and long into adulthood. I'm excited to add this devotional to our morning routine.
*Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Circle Maker DevotionalJune 12, 2018Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5THE CIRCLE MAKER DEVOTIONS FOR KIDS is a great devotional. In today's day and age some churches do not encourage praying over and over for stuff. Pray it once, God knows, don't ask again, you'll just annoy Him. That is kind of sad to me, and even our own children don't ask once on stuff they really want or need. They remind us. Not that God forgets.
Honi is NOT a biblical character, I didn't remember him in the Bible, so I looked it up to see. His story is set around Jewish legend that says he drew a circle and stood inside it and prayed and told God he wouldn't leave the circle until his prayer was answered.
I like that legend. I like the idea behind it. I have prayers I am still waiting on answers for, and prayers I pray every day, and other prayers I say once and not again, but like with my adult son who is/was making bad choices. He is on my heart, in my thoughts and I am praying constantly for him. My husband, who is at the age where a lot of men have heart-attacks. He is constantly in my prayers. I have other things, too, that I constantly pray about. I don't want to pray once and then never again pray for them.
This devotional has a verse, a passage related to it, and then lines to write your own prayer requests, verses, thoughts, etc with a circle already drawn around it.
Children can write their requests (adults too) and go back and see how or when God answered their prayers.
I love this devotional. Highly recommended.
I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
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