HOW TO ENGAGE YOUR KIDS IN FAMILY DEVOTIONS
Do you ever feel inadequate to teach your kids about God?
Do your kids seem uninterested when it comes to reading the Bible?
Do you want to have family devotions, but you just don’t know where to start?
I can help you!
My free ebook, How to Engage Your Kids in Family Devotions, is a practical tool to help you get started with family Bible study.
In this short ebook, you will learn:
* Why is it important to spend time in God’s Word together as a family?
* What does it look like to have family devotions (and what if I’ve failed??)
* How do I make family Bible time fun and interesting for my kids?
You can download your free copy HERE, or click on the image below!
What are Family Devotions?
Devotions, quiet time, Bible study, Bible time… there are many different names for this special family time. Basically, when you tell your kids it’s time for “Family Devotions,” it means you are going to sit down together as a family and study or read God’s Word in some way. You might read a few pages from a children’s storybook Bible, such as The Jesus Storybook Bible, or The Big Picture Bible. You may read a section of a daily devotional for kids such as Louie Giglio’s book Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids About God and Science. (My boys love this book, by the way!) Or you may read a few verses or a chapter directly from the Bible.
Importance of Family Bible Study
So why does it even matter? We as parents have a god-given responsibility to train our children and teach them about God. Pastors and Sunday School teachers are a great resource, but our children’s primary exposure to the Bible should be at home. The Israelites who arrived in the Promised Land failed to teach their children about God and an entire generation turned away from God to worship idols. (Judges 2:10).
Intentional family Bible time creates a natural environment in which to connect with your kids and have deeper conversations about spiritual topics on a regular basis. You are able to guide your children through the process of learning how to study the Bible and how to spend time alone with God. For your children, taking responsibility for their faith is an essential part of growing up to be a mature follower of Christ.
I bet you’re thinking: “Yeah, but you haven’t been to my house. You don’t know my kids. We’re lucky if everyone brushes their teeth once a week.” As a mom of four boys, I’ve been there! Here’s what family devotions often look like in our house: One kid is jumping on the sofa, one is hanging upside down by his knees while his face turns tomato-red, one is wiping a booger onto his brother… oh, and one almost certainly is not wearing any pants! Sound like your house? I get it! Pushing through the chaos and doing what God has called us to do as parents is not always easy.
Psalm 78:4, 7 says, “We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders…. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands” (NLT).
Despite the many challenges, this verse is my prayer for my family. I want my kids to know about the glorious deeds of the Lord, and to learn about his power and his mighty wonders. My desire is that my children would set their hope on God, that they would remember his glorious miracles, and obey his commands.
How Do We Engage Our Kids in Family Devotions
If you’ve read this far, I probably don’t have to convince you that it’s important to teach God’s Word to our children. But the question is: HOW do we do it? How do we get our kids to sit still long enough and pay attention? How do we speak to their hearts and minds in a way they will understand? Using my background as a public school elementary teacher, as well as my 12 years of experience as an elementary Bible teacher at my church, I have created a collection of eight practical tips that parents can use to help engage their kids in family devotions and Bible study. These eight tips can be applied to any type of devotional material… whether you are reading a children’s Bible storybook, a devotional, or reading directly from the Bible itself. Click on the image below to download your free ebook: How to Engage Your Kids In Family Devotions.
These tips include proven methods such as taking a picture walk, making connections, modeling your thinking, and reading with passion. But above all, my prayer and desire is that you, Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa, are spending time in God’s Word yourself. As parents, we minister to our children out of the overflow of a full heart. If we are not filled up with the Spirit of God through the Word of God, then we will be dry, empty sponges with nothing left to pour into the lives of our children.
When we face the Lord at the end of our lives, God will ask us: “What did you do with those precious eternal beings that I entrusted into your hands? Did you sacrifice your own life to give them my life? Did you pass on my purposes? Did you do the work in your children that will result in praise to My name throughout all of eternity?” Let us hope that we may all answer yes, and that we may hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
— Sally Clarkson, Mission of Motherhood