Family devotions are talked about a lot in the church world! If you read just a few Christian author blogs or parenting websites you will be told that you need to have a family devotion time. This sounds great, but in the real world it can become very difficult! Here’s the thing though, they don’t have to be that difficult. They don’t even have to be very long—especially if you have young children. You don’t need to feel that you have to have a mind blowing church service in your living room, thats not the goal anyway!
The goal and purpose of family devotions is to create an atmosphere in your home that says God is number one and that your family values the truth of the Word and wants to live in faith and obedience.
This video helps show you how you can use family devotion times to enhance your family’s relationship with God.
When deciding how to do family devotion time, don’t lose sight of the fact that the purpose is to grow and enhance everyone’s personal relationship with God. If you need suggestions on supplemental books other than the Bible, please don’t hesitate to ask me. I have lots of great resources I would be happy to share with you.
After Watching The Video:
Let’s continue our ‘discussion’ on the value of family devotions.
Let’s get to the meat of the matter by looking at some practical ways to implement family devotions into your family’s schedule.
1. Keeping it short and simple. Five to ten minutes is fine.
2. Use a variety of methods (reading from the Bible or a devotion book, acting out a Bible story, watching short videos)
3. Involve everyone. Take turns leading the devotion.
4. Vary the time of devotions—the dinner table, bedtime, road trips….
I’d also like to suggest a couple of ideas on how to make family devotion time special:
Idea #1: Taking turns, have family members place an item in the middle of the dinner table that represents a favorite Bible story. The other members of the family have to guess what story the object represents. Once the correct answer is given, the person who placed the object tells the Bible story and why it is one of their favorites.
Idea #2: Focus on the parables Jesus told. Do one per week. After reading it, discuss the parable then ask your children to write a similar parable using current events, places, and circumstances to send the same or similar message. Give them two or three days to do this, then use family devotion time to let them read their parables.
Joshua 1:8 says, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
As you do your part to make the Word alive and real to your children, I’ll be right there to help however I can.
In His service,