Thoughts on Family Worship

I trust there are none here present, who profess to be followers of Christ who do not also practice prayer in their families. We do not have a positive commandment for it, but we believe that it is so much in accord with the genius and spirit of the gospel, and that it is so commended by the example of the saints, that the neglect thereof is a strange inconsistency. – Charles Spurgeon

 

If therefore our houses be houses of the Lord, we shall for that reason love home, reckoning our daily devotion the sweetest of our daily delights; and our family-worship the most valuable of our family comforts. . . . A church in the house will be a good legacy, nay, it will be a good inheritance, to be left to your children after you. – Matthew Henry

 

Devotions can be a time of true togetherness when family members share questions, doubts, thoughts, problems, and answers. Hearing one another pray or learning verses of Scripture together regularly establishes and reinforces the fact that God is at the center of the family unit. In my opinion, the success of family devotions relies much more on the parents’ conviction to have them than it does on a specific technique or carefully chosen material. The fact of the matter is this: If you truly consider family devotions vital to you and to your children’s welfare, you will make sure it becomes an integral part of your household routine. – Henry Brandt and Kerry Skinner, I Want to Enjoy My Children

 

What a heritage to pass along to our children . . . memories of home intertwined with memories of praise and laughter and song and the strong, undergirding arms of the living God. (Jack Hayford, “Making Your Home a Worship Center”)

 

If we want to bring up a godly family, who shall be a seed to serve God when our heads are under the clods of the valley, let us seek to train them up in the fear of God by meeting together as a family for worship. – Charles Spurgeon

50 Questions to Ask your Spouse on a Date Night

Today at Starbucks I met with a few guys to discuss how what we have been studying on Sunday mornings at Capshaw practically applies to our lives. One of the big things we discovered was the need for very open communication and date nights with our spouses. To help with that I want to share this list of 50 questions that are to be discussed with your spouse while the two of you are alone. Don’t try to tackle too many in one setting. It’s actually best if you just get through a few but really talk in detail. Let me warn you that a couple of the questions are specifically only for married couples.

1.  What are your 5 favorite foods, with the most favorite first?

2.  What are your 5 favorite kinds of meals, with the most favorite first?

3.  What are your 5 favorite desserts, with the most favorite first?

4.  What are your 5 favorite restaurants, with the most favorite first?

5.  What is your favorite color?

6.  What are your 5 favorite hobbies, with the most favorite  first?

7.  What are your 5 favorite recreations, with the most favorite  first?

8.  What are your 5 favorite sources of reading, with the most favorite  first?

9.  What gifts do you like?

10.  What is your favorite books(s) of the Bible? Why?

11.  What is your favorite verse(s) of the Bible?  Why?

12.  What is your favorite song?

13.  What makes you the most fulfilled or happiest as a woman/man?

14.  What makes you the most fulfilled or happiest as a wife/husband?

15.  What makes you the most fulfilled or happiest as a mother/father?

16.  What makes you saddest as a woman/man?

17.  What makes you saddest as a wife/husband?

18.  What makes you saddest as a mother/father?

19.  What do you fear the most?

20.  What other fears do you have?

21.  What do you look forward to the most?

22.  How much sleep do you need?

23.  What do you consider to be your skills?

24.  What do you believe to be your spiritual gifts?

25.  What are your weaknesses?

26.  To ask wife:  What things (personal, home, car, etc.) need repairing?

       To ask husband:  What things around the home need to be cleaned?

27.  To ask wife:  With what chores and responsibilities do you like my help?

       To ask husband:  How can I make it easier for you to lead our family?

28.  What caresses do you enjoy the most?

29.  What caresses do you enjoy the least?

30.  What action of mine provides you the greatest sexual pleasure? 

31.  What other things stimulate you sexually?

32.  At what times do you need assurance of my love the most?

33.  How can that love be shown?

34.  What can I do that will make it easier to discuss and work on areas or problems that are uncomfortable to you?

35.  What concerns do you have that I do not seem interested in?

36.  What things do I do that irritate you?

37.  What desires do you have that we haven’t discussed?

38.  What do you enjoy doing with me, with the most enjoyable  first?

39.  What things can I do that show my appreciation of you?

40.  What varying desires (spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual, social, worth, 

            appreciational, recreational, security, etc.) would you like me to provide? 

41.  To ask wife:  In what ways would you like me to protect you (physically, spiritually, socially, emotionally)?

       To ask husband:  In what ways would you like me to respect and reverence you?

42.  In what ways would you like me to sacrifice for you?

43.  What things do you see by my actions that I place first in my life?

44.  What implied or unspoken desires and wishes of yours would you like for me to

            fulfill?

45.  What concerns and interests of yours would you like me to support?

46.  How much time would be good for us to spend together each day?

47.  In helping family members to use their skills and develop their abilities, what

            motivating factors would be helpful for me to use?

48.  What can I do that provides the greatest comfort and encouragement for you when   

            you are hurt, fearful, anxious or worried?

49.  What personal habits do I have that you would like changed?

50.  What ways demonstrate to you that you are a very important person who is as important or more important than I am?