The devotionals on these pages are designed to guide you and your family through two months of short, simple times with God and each other.
Find a small shoebox with a lid. Draw a heart on the lid. You?ll also need one "jewel" for each family member?you can get plastic gems at a craft store or paint small rocks in bright colors. Write Matthew:6:21 on a small piece of paper and tape it inside the lid of the box. Place the "jewels" inside the box. You?ll also need note paper and pencils for everyone.
Read the Word
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matt. 6:19-21).
Talk It Over
WEEK 1: Family Treasure
After reading this month?s passage, pass the box around for everyone to look at, then place it in the center of the group. Talk about some of the "treasures" God has given you that will last for eternity?family members, friends, your relationship with Jesus. For this month, you?ll be focusing on the treasure God has given you in one another. Ask each family member to write down one thing he or she treasures about the family (for younger children, have a parent write out the child?s response in the child?s words). Encourage everyone to focus on how this person helps them grow closer to God (maybe your little one likes to remind you of all the bugs God made). Then have each person read his or her response. As each person reads, have that person take a "jewel" out of the box and replace it with the written "treasure." Have all the family members take the "gem" stones with them throughout the week in a backpack, pocket or purse to remember the key verse of the month. End your time by thanking God for making you a family. Ask him to help you treasure one another.1