Consistency. That’s a word I hear frequently concerning parenting. Consistency in having family devotions is one of the areas where we struggled when our children were younger. Not only was it hard to schedule, but it was also difficult to decide what to actually do for devotions.
Today, I’d like to share with you some ideas we have used in our family devotions over the years.
1. Read the Bible
As our children grew, we used many Bible Story and devotional books and did different word studies. There are so many choices out there, yet it was difficult to wade through them all to find the ones that were right for our family. Next month I’ll share about some of the resources that we recommend for family devotions.
2. Sing together
When our children were younger, they enjoyed choosing songs for devotions. We used Hymns and Choruses to Remember from A Beka Book Publications. This spiral bound book is filled with wonderful hymns and choruses for children to learn. Although the book appears to be out of print, A Beka has another book called Sing Unto the Lord Songbook. We also purchased a hymnal like our church uses, and we learned other songs from our young children’s Sunday School papers.
3. Read missionary letters
We subscribe to our missionaries’ email updates and sometimes read those during family devotions instead of a Bible lesson, and then we pray for the missionaries. As a side note, we keep our collection of prayer cards in a flip photo frame album. Each day we pray for a different missionary at our meals. Since we regularly read the missionaries’ prayer letters, we are able to pray specifically for them. What a wonderful way to get to know your missionaries!
4. Memorize Scripture
If your children are young, learn just one verse at a time. As they get older you can work on passages, chapters, and even small books of the Bible such as Philippians and Colossians.
5. Share what you have learned in Sunday School
During Sunday dinner, we each share what we learned in Sunday School that morning. This keeps each of us accountable to listen and learn at church and keeps us as parents informed about what our children are learning.
6. Share what you have learned in personal devotions
Now that our children are older, on Saturday evenings we each share one thing that the Lord has shown us in our personal devotion time. Again, it’s a great way for everyone to keep accountable, and sometimes it leads to further discussions on a specific topic.
7. Pray together
In addition to everyone sharing a prayer request, in recent years we’ve started giving praises. We wanted our children to see just how much we have to be thankful for. We then end our family devotions with everyone taking turns praying.
We still struggle with consistency in our family devotions, and we’re always looking for new ideas to keep things interesting. What other aspects have you incorporated into your family devotions?
Leave a comment to let us know.