Family Devotions – Purposeful Living

Family Devotions; Purposeful Living
These posts written by Todd (Amy’s husband) are designed to model a system of purposeful living.  At least once a month, he spends time setting meaningful goals around one of seventeen core priorities.

If you missed it, consider reading the foundation post:

Purposeful Living #1


Todd Bowman new nostalgia

Correct Priority #5 – Social Health- Immediate Family-Children (Spiritual Health)
(click here for outline of Correct Priorities)

Goal -November 2012

Develop a detailed family spiritual plan to better ground my three girls in God’s word.  Specific elements of this plan include the items listed below.

  • Identify appropriate Bible study materials for a once-a-week family Bible study time.

I have developed a family Bible study plan (the topic of a future post), but am suspending that plan for the time being to do something else.

The History Channel is broadcasting a ten-hour miniseries called the Bible.  The Bible is produced by Mark Burnett and covers Genesis to Revelation in one grand narrative.  Whether you have watched this miniseries or not, my guess is that you have probably heard of it.  It has generated blockbuster ratings for the History Channel.    

I decided that for now the Bible miniseries would become our weekly family Bible study.  Each week we are identifying a night when everyone is home and watching one hour together as a family.  

So far we have watched episode 1 (hours 1-2) focusing on Abraham and Moses.  We all know these Bible stories, but were still blown away seeing these stories come alive in such a dramatic way.  The production value is high and acting is strong.  We stop the DVR occasionally to discuss the broader 
themes and details of the stories.  It has been a fun and rewarding time for our family.

Thoughts – (From Previous Posts)

I spent a great deal of time over the past year planning our family Florida vacation.  This planning paid off with an amazing trip.  It may have been the best two weeks of my life.  
But in the process of planning this vacation I neglected many other things, including being a good parent.  I have been convicted since returning from out trip that I need to dedicate more time and
do a better job in a variety of areas that are far more important that vacation.  
One area in which I know I need to improve is being the spiritual leader of our home and doing what I can to better ground my girls in their faith.  Each time they step out of our home they enter a world where many despise the gospel of Jesus Christ.  They enter a world that is hostile to God’s word.  

When my children our older they will have to decide for themselves what they believe.  But there is zero chance I will stay silent while they are bombarded with messages contrary to what God wants for them every day of their life.  

My first responsibility is to model for them what it means to live a Godly life and be sensitive to His will.  My next responsibility is to make sure they know what is true and right.  I will not ignore either of these responsibilities.    

Amy Bowman New Nostalgia

Amy’s Thoughts:

It has been precious family time to watch this series together.  Usually I get annoyed when we have to pause a show.  With this show, I look forward to the questions and discussions, and pushing pause.  

I love how it takes all the Bible stories we have been reading to our girls since they were young and brings them to reality.  It is a series that is very well done and I look forward to our weekly family time.


Today’s Purposeful Living
Family Devotions Part 1

Goal Setting & Reflection
February 2013

Foundation Post
Purposeful Living #1

Outline Of All Purposeful Living Posts

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