Archive for January 2014

Family Devotion Joseph’s Dreams Came True




Read: Genesis 42:1 – 46:34; 50:15-21

The Gospel Project for Kids continued the two-part story looking at a Joseph, Joseph had come to a position of power in Egypt, and there was a famine throughout the world. Joseph had plenty of food, and people came to him for it. When Joseph’s brothers arrived for food, Joseph recognized them and tested them to see if their hearts had changed.

Joseph determined that God had used the evil intent of his brothers to bring about His glory and Joseph’s good. Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers, and Jacob and his family moved from Israel to Egypt.

Joseph recognized that though his brothers intended evil, God planned his circumstances for good to establish a remnant of God’s people (Genesis 45:7). Likewise, although those who crucified Jesus intended evil, God’s plan for the sacrifice of His Son was for the good of all people. Through Jesus’ death on the cross, God again saved a remnant of people.

Ask The Big Picture Question: Why did God send Joseph to Egypt?

Answer: God sent Joseph to Egypt to establish a remnant.


Family Devotion

Supplies Needed: fabric remnant

Read Nehemiah 8:1-3

  •  Invite your family to stand and to remain standing as still as possible.  See who can stand still for the longest period of time.  Ask if they think they could stand from the time the sun came up until it was time to eat lunch.

Read Genesis 45:4-8

  • Say: God sent Joseph to Egypt so that Joseph’s family would be saved from the famine that was to come.
  •  Ask your children to name their favorite foods.  Ask what they think life would be like without their favorite foods.  Explain what a famine time would be like. : When food is not plentiful, and people need to eat whatever they have.
  • Show the fabric remnant you have.  Talk about the remnant of fabric being the part that was leftover when the fabric was originally cut.  Tell your children that the remnant would be too small to make another garment, but the remnant that God left in Egypt grew to be a great nation.

Close in prayer.

January talk.pray.do. Blessings Jar


TALK  with  your children for 15 minutes a day. PRAY at least twice a week in meaningful time together as a family. Then we simply ask that you DO one family night a month.



  • What day of this past year would you like to live all over again?
  • What do you look forward to the most this year?
  • What does a blessing mean to you?


Speaking a blessing over your children nurtures security, confidence, and hope for the future in their young hearts and minds. God instructed Moses to speak a blessing over the children of Israel. (Numbers 6:24-26) Here are some blessings you can use with your family.

  • “(Name of child), may the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
  • “(Name of child), may the Lord keep you from all harm as you trust in Him. May he watch over your life, your coming and your going, both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:7-8

If you are interested in reading more about blessing your family check out “The Blessing” by John Trent & Gary Smalley.  Genesis 27 tells the story of a blessing received and a blessing missed.  The effect of that blessing set the course of men and the nations that sprang from them.  At that time blessings were a special onetime occasion.  John Trent and Gary Smalley encourages parents today to build elements of a blessing into their family’s daily life.


Family Night: Blessing Jar.  As a family be creative and design your family’s blessing jar.  Whenever you recognize a “blessing” in your life throughout the year, just write it on a piece of paper, fold it up, and stick it in The Blessing Jar.  You can do this daily or weekly.  Everyone contributes, all ages!  Those who can not write can still have their words documented. Write those laugh out loud moments, those simple daily blessings, accomplished goals, those memories that make your cry, laugh and smile.  Let your friends and family that come to visit your home contribute.    Its the little things that mean so very much.

On New Years Eve, read the blessings from the entire year and go through it together as a family.  It will be a great reminder of God’s faithfulness…in times of joy AND in times of difficulty!

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17 

Connect with us: Share your Family Night photos on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter @vistachurches @vistadublin @vistaworthingtn  #talkpraydo #vistakids

What is talk.pray.do?

What is the singular most valuable voice in the life of a child?

A parent.

As a parent, you have the greatest potential to influence your child’s heart and life. You are the loudest of all voices, and you are the best person to show compassion, forgiveness, and affirmation to them. Even when your children begin to age and seek out other voices, your voice should and will always stay the one they most need to hear.

It’s our goal to be your biggest fan and strongest supporter as you lead your family. We want to partner with you in this great adventure called parenting. We came up with three things we feel that every parent can do to start the journey of spiritually parenting their family:


So what is talk.pray.do?

Talk Pray Do is designed to coincide and align with Vista’s values.  Its a simple resource based on Deuteronomy 6, encouraging families to teach their children about God as they go through the ordinary experiences of life. It’s about intentionality within the rhythm of your everyday life.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 says:

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

It is here when Israel is commanded to teach their children about the one true God as they go through the ordinary experience of life. So when you are at home, going for walks, getting up in the morning, bedtimes, drive times, play times, and more you can create opportunities to lead your family spiritually.

What we ask of parents? 

We encourage you to TALK  with  your children for 15 minutes a day. PRAY at least twice a week in meaningful time together as a family. Then we simply ask that you DO one family night a month.


What we will do? 
Each month we will partner with you providing a “take-home”.  The take home will include a few conversation starters to get the communication going with your family, prayer prompts, and something to encourage the DO (Family Night).

Throughout the month via our online communities, we will share ideas and creative ways you can put talk.pray.do into action in your family’s life.

If you have not already we encourage you to like Vista Churches on Facebook.  While you are there check out Vista Dublin and Vista Worthington pages, and “like” whichever site you attend (or both, if you’d like!). Follow us on Twitter: @vistachurches @vistadublin @vistaworthingtn (not a typo). You can also follow us on Instagram (@vistachurches, @vistadublin & @vistaworthington) and Vista Parents on Pinterest. Please feel free to share your talk.pray.do. family time using  #talkpraydo #vistakids #vistachurches

We will be utilizing these social media outlets as well as this blog to share ideas, tips and  interact with other families as we do life together living worshipful, relational and missional.