born-again families read the Bible together during a typical week or pray together (except mealtimes). If we are called to teach our kids at home, something is drastically wrong with this picture. As parents, we often teach our kids to do as I say, not as a do, which is a flawed practice.
The term family devotions can instill fear into the most secure parent. Many times
parents feel unprepared, unqualified, or just too uncertain to lead their families into this unknown territory.
What if we approached this scary unknown by understanding that all we really need to do is to engage in family conversation that brings Biblical views into our everyday lives? That’s not so bad, now is it?
Here are a few things to consider as you venture into these murky waters.
1. Don’t know where to begin? The good news is that there are so many resources out
there that will give you the confidence you need. Visit Amazon or CBD.com and type in kids devotionals. It’s just that easy. These ready- made resources will give you a scripture, a story, and often even a prayer. If you’ve never done anything like this before, it’s basically a script you read. How easy is that?! Usually less than $10 these can get you through months of shared family conversations.
2. Start somewhere. We often approach the concept of devotions much as we do other
things in our modern day era, with an institutional mindset. We assume that we’ve got to gather the family around the table with pads and pencils in hand and we will bring forth the Word of the Lord as leaders. Not so. Maybe make it a family goal this week to try three nights (or mornings or whatever works for you). My kids are hanging out in their pjs with wet hair and are often dangling upside down in their chairs making unsavory bodily noises. Seriously, remember this is not meant to be a super structured time where we will impart knowledge upon our children. It’s meant to engage kids in conversation with a Biblical view.
3. Relax! This isn’t meant to be a college level course. If one of your kids asks something you don’t know……..tell them you don’t know! Say “that’s a great question. I have no idea. Can we look that up together tomorrow and try to find the answer?” Google is your best friend, remember?
4. Whenever possible, Dad leads. Why? Because Dad has been called by God to lead in this area.
5. Begin early. Start when your kids are super young. Then you will all grow into this
practice together. Even if your kids are older, start today. Make it a priority.
Seek to grow together. Don’t be one of the statistics. Lead your family intentionally. We can’t just take our kids to church on Sundays and assume that’s enough. How much more could they grow if we offered these discussions at home? Grab one of the great resources out there and start today. We can’t afford to wait.
What do you find most difficult about leading your family in these faith conversations?
**I have a list of awesome resources we’ve used as a family as my kids have aged.
Need some ideas? LMK