How to Have a Family Devotion Time
One of the most important things you can do as a family is to have a family devotion time. This is a time where your family gathers together around Scripture. It is the most important thing you will ever teach your family – the value of spending time in the Word of God. This doesn’t take the place of your own personal quiet time with God, it just adds to it.
The first thing that is important to have a family devotion is to have a plan. Some families try to do these devotions every day, while other families aim to have them on the weekends, or twice a week. No matter how often you have these devotions, you need to set them into your schedule and try not to let other things over.
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The second thing you want to be sure that you have figured out is what you are going to do. Some families follow devotional guides or books. Some churches provide resources for this time. Still, other families just open the Bible and pick a passage to read together as a family.
If you decide to use just the Bible, make sure you pick a passage length that is age appropriate. Younger children probably need just a few verses, whereas a family with teenagers might be able to do longer passages or even chapters. Remember that God’s Word stretches and fills the voids!
Read the passage before you read it with your children. This will help you with several things:
- Knowing what questions your kids might ask.
- Knowing what kind of questions or applications that you might pull out for the family.
- Time to think through your explanation of the verses.
You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to have family devotions. It is okay to tell your kids that you don’t know the answers – and that you are going to look for them together as a family. This is a time to grow closer to God and as a family –and you do that through not always knowing! This helps your kids see that growing in our relationship with God is an ongoing process, and that we, as parents, have not arrived.
The most important thing about having a family devotional time is having one. Making a choice that even if it is awkward, even if it is short, even if it doesn’t look the way you thought it would – that you are going to make a conscious effort to have this time together. The reasons are eternal – and your family’s relationship with God (and each other!) is worth it!
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