The 10 Best Minutes of Our Family's Day

The morning started like every other morning that week. The kids were tired, and so were we. Parenting that week was rough, and being a kid in our home was probably harder.

Our morning was busy and our attention misplaced, but we had made a commitment to be in God's Word together every day, so we quieted the grumbling, overlooked the mess, and gathered the kids around the table for 10 minutes of Bible time together.

I wasn't looking forward to the time, I'm ashamed to admit. I felt preoccupied, and my frustrations bubbled just below the surface. But the simple commitment I made held me accountable, and I prayed for God to speak, not expecting He would – and shocked when He did.

The passage was a familiar one — when Jesus called His disciples in Mark 1:12-20, our #familiesintheWord passage for the day, but it was those first two verses that left a deep impression in the hearts of my children.

"The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him." (Mark 1:12-13)

We started with a simple prayer, "Lord, speak to us by your Spirit through your Word," read the passage, and asked a few rote questions, rushing a bit and trying to keep it easy: Where was Jesus for forty days? What was one name mentioned in the verses we read? etc.

And then my husband made an observation.

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