Family Devotional

July: Loving our Bodies

Summer is here, providing a different pace and opportunities for adventure! As we take a break from school and responsibilities, we can shift our focus. Our bodies work all year to get us wherever we need to go and to do all the things we enjoy doing. They help us play sports and musical instruments, enjoy games and talk with our friends. Sometimes we take our bodies for granted and forget to appreciate all they do for us. In this devotion, we take time to give thanks for the bodies we have and all the ways they help us to enjoy life


Bible Verse

Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? You have the Holy Spirit from God, so honor God with your body.
– 1 Corinthians 6:19-20


Family Reflections

1. What can we do to keep our bodies healthy and happy? 
2. Why do your parents tell you to eat your fruit and vegetables?
3. What is your favorite way to exercise and use your body?


Try out a new way of getting in touch with your body this month as a family.
Ideas include: 
– stretch for 5 minutes a day
– use a labyrinth or explore the park in silence
– practice yoga for 10 minutes
– learn a new sport or game

Reminders During this Activity:
It is important to listen to what our body is telling us. If our body is tired, hurt, hungry, excited, or energetic. During this time we can stop and listen and let our body tell us how it feels. 


Family Prayer
Dear Lord, we thank you for… 
Brains to think, reason and learn,
Eyes to see the loveliness of nature,
Ears to hear the birds sing, 
Arms to hold and comfort each other,
Legs to take us on adventures,
And mouths to shout and sing your praise.
Thank you, Lord, for the miracle of the human body.
Help us to never take it for granted. Amen


Tricia Guerrero (right)
Director of Children and Youth Ministries
t.guerrero@santamonicaumc.org
(310) 393-8258 ext. 104

Jamie Jones (left)
Children and Family Ministry Intern
j.jones@santamonicaumc.org