How to Get the Most out of
“Fangs, Feathers, & Faith! A
Devotional for Nature Lover’s 8 & up”
Direct your children onto the right path, and
when they are older, they will not leave it.
Proverbs 22:6, NLT
Fangs, Feathers, & Faith! is a fifty-two-week nature and animal devotional
created to help your child discover God. As I began to pray about how
best to capture child’s interest, God reminded me of what I so immensely
enjoyed as a child and still enjoy to this day: animals and all the curious
things of nature. Spending time in nature often made boring days
explode into days of discovery.
Fangs, Feathers, & Faith! is a devotional intended to excite even the most
reading-challenged youth. Your child can begin at any one of the fifty-two
themes. Each devotional is planned around the five week days,
leaving the remaining days for family time and for your family’s
participation at your place of worship. Having written children’s
Christian non-fiction for 18+ years, I found that sharing God through
His creation of critters and nature is a sure way to help kids focus.
Whether in solitude or with you, your child looks forward to discovering
more of God’s miraculous design of life.
On the first page of Fangs, Feathers, & Faith! is day One, where your child
reads about one of God’s critters or creation. They’ll also read the How
About You section which parallels the article. This section helps your child
grow to begin experiencing the love of God. The Holy Spirit begins to
grow your child’s interest in God and reveal how God is involved in their
personal life. I chose each scripture to reinforce both the How about You segment as well as introduce your child to how God’s living Word can be
applied to their everyday life. The New Living Translation (NLT), the
New Century Version (NCV), and the God’s Word (GWT) translation,
are my choices because they are easily understood by any age child.
Looking up each verse in their Bible and underlining it emphasizes how
God’s Word is to be a constant companion. To help your child easily
navigate the scriptures, there is a list of the sixty-six books of the Bible.
Days Two, Three, Four, and Five build on the theme from Day One and
are to be read in order. A space is provided for your child to jot down
their thoughts after reading from each day’s study.
On Day Two, Check It Out, your child is encouraged to discover for
themselves, with your permission, additional information about the first
days reading, online, at the library, or around your home. God, who
made the heavens and the earth and all that “crawls upon it,” draws your
child to Himself week in and week out through this segment. God is in
all that is big as well as the microscopic details that He planned so man
would be without excuse to find Him!
Day Three, Check Within, will help your child come to understand they
were made to have a personal relationship with God through His one
and only Son, Jesus Christ. Further Bible study brings understanding of
who Jesus Christ is, how He came to bring saving grace, and what is
needed to receive the gift of God.
On Day Four, Check Around begins to develop a compassion and tender
heart in your child toward friends and family. Once your child chooses to
receive Jesus’s grace by faith, this segment begins to bring awareness of
and the desire to tell others about their Savior, Jesus Christ. Your child is
asked questions like: How might you be a friend to someone that no else
likes? How can I be a kid that can help others be their best?
Finally, on Day Five, Check With the Lord is all about prayer. “The
prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16, KJV). Prayer
is the doorway into God’s heart. Throughout Fangs, Feather’s, & Faith,
your child learns to pray to God by reading a prayer as well as writing
their own short prayer. On other weeks, they will read a Psalm before
they pray. Through Bible reading and the working of the Holy Spirit, they
begin to experience how prayer connects them as one with God.
It is my prayer that through Fangs, Feathers, & Faith! your child will uncover
God’s tender, unconditional love and mercy.