Daily Devos: Jesus Makes a Home with Us

HOME:  JOHN 14:23-26

Jesus answered [Judas (not Iscariot),] “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
  25“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 

  • Where is the place that you call home? 
  • What difference does it make to know that God is at home with you there, as well? 
  • What do you think of the Holy Spirit? 
  • Where does the Spirit show up in your life?

Risen Christ, thank you for making your home with us, and for sending your Holy Spirit to teach us and remind us of your presence.  Fill us with your abiding love.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Download this devotion as a pdf here: https://familygodtime.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/daily-devos-jesus-makes-a-home-with-us-19.pdf

Jesus Makes His Home in Us: John 14:23

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about how Jesus makes his home in us.  Help our time together to be holy time.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Bible Verse:  John 14:23
This week’s devotion is a single verse from John 14.  You can see it as a visual verse here:

Play it several times with your family, until it has made it from your head into your heart.  You might even develop motions for the verse to get your bodies involved!

These are the motions that my family developed:
Those who love me (hug self)
will keep my word (open hands, palms up, like an open book)
And my Father (point up to the sky)
will love them (hug self)
and we will come to them (arms from sky to floor)
and make our home with them (group hug).

Discuss as a family:
How do we show God that we love him?  How do we keep God’s word?  (hint:  the Word is the Bible) How do we know that God loves us?  Where do you call home?  Why do you consider it your home?  What do you think it means that God has a home in you?

Song:  Home
Usually I don’t suggest secular music on this blog, but this week I just couldn’t resist.  This song is very close to the hearts of my husband and me.  It echoes the words of Ruth 1:16

But Ruth said,
“Do not press me to leave you
or to turn back from following you!
Where you go, I will go;
where you lodge, I will lodge;
your people shall be my people,
and your God my God.
17 Where you die, I will die—
there will I be buried.
May the Lord do thus and so to me,
and more as well,
if even death parts me from you!”

This was one of the readings at our wedding, and this is a song that we played as we moved all the way across the country to Nebraska.  Fair warning:  the original song has some words that you might not want your kids singing, like “ain’t” and “a**”.  I found a couple of versions that I think would be fine for kids, but please preview them to make sure they work for your family.

Our family learned the chorus, “Home!  Let me come home! Home is wherever I’m with you!” from the first video, and let the second video play on repeat as we built our fort to remind us that We are always home wherever we are because God is at home in us.

Here is a version with just the chorus:

Here is a full version:

Activity:  Play Fort Building

My children love to build forts on rainy or super hot days.  We even have a fort-making set from Discovery Kids.  You can build your fort with whatever you have on hand.  As you build, you can say, “Hey family!  Where does Jesus live?”  and teach them to respond “Jesus makes his home in us!”

You might even arrange to have an indoor picnic in your fort to prolong the fun.

Here is a pic of one of our forts:

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Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith!  I hope that this time was holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: (Can be a repeat after me prayer if you have non-readers in your family)
Dear God, we thank you that for holy time together as a family.  Help us to remember that you always make your home in us, no matter where we go.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Jesus Makes a Home for Us: John 14

For Vacation Bible School this summer, our parish used Group Publishing’s curriculum “Everest:  Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power.”  This is the last week of family devotions based on the five Bible stories that we learned at VBS.  (If you missed last week’s, find it here: https://familygodtime.wordpress.com ).  Enjoy learning from your kids; you might be surprised what they have to teach you!

a family of houses

Supplies:  God Time pillows, candle and holder (see “Gathering,” below), a family Bible with this story or access to the internet, your VBS CD, Popsicle sticks, glue, card stock, markers or crayons

Gather:  We like to sit in a circle on the floor for God Time.  Finding some pillows or cushions to sit on makes it even more comfortable.  My kids like to use pillow pets for this purpose!  Once you are in a circle, light a candle (or turn on a battery-operated one; we use an LED tea light in a pretty metal container).

Story:  You can read the story from John 14:1-3 in your children’s Bible, or find it here: John 14:1-3

Discuss:  Do you ever have guests in your home?  What do you do to get your house ready for guests?  Do you ever visit overnight at someone else’s house?  What does it feel like to know that they prepared a place for you?  Jesus said that he is preparing a place for us in heaven.  What do you think that will be like?  How does it make you feel?

Song:   Vacation Bible School Dance Party:  If you want to, you and your family can take this opportunity to have your very own VBS Dance Party.  Play the music, do the actions, or just dance!  If you would like to learn a new song, you can check out this cover of “Where I am, there you may also be” by Rich Mullins:

Activity:  At Home Picture Frames

We did this activity in three parts, to allow for drying time.  First, we made the back of the picture frame with popsicle sticks, like this:

 popsicle stick frame backs

Then, we colored pictures of our family and Jesus on pieces of cardstock small enough to fit the back.  We glued it to the back, and then added a “roof” and floor” with more popsicle sticks.  See the finished product, below:

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If your kids can write, they could write:  Where I Am, There You Will Be Also”—Jesus on the roof and floor in marker.  We plan to set ours on a decorative shelf in the dining room where we can see them.

Prayer:  This week, the prayer was led by my older daughter.  She had us repeat after her:  Thank you, Jesus, for making a place for us in heaven.  Thank you for all the family who comes to take care of us, and for places to go on vacation.  In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.