When I wrote this post – My Husband Just Can’t Get It Right – Your Response was overwhelming and spoke to me in volumes.
Bottom line – We all need this Series! HOW do we have Daily Devotions with our children?
I look at our daily time together now as a a perpetual habit. Like drinking a cup of water, or brushing our teeth – This time become so routine, that you don’t have to be a slave to the effort and scheduling.
1.) Relax – Devotions with our children should be fun, relaxing and a time of learning. Don’t be so serious. Smile.
2.)Be Flexible– There is no rhyme or rule-book that mandates you meet together at the same time every single day. Find a good time in your schedule, and keep this in your mind to call them together, but when you have other plans – Don’t fret over it,,, draw them in another moment in the day.
3.)Fun – For a decade or two – I think this word was banned from the whole devotions mind-set for a generation or two. A drill-sergeant mentality has left mom’s grappling at how and what devotions “should look like,” rather than making them their own.
4.)Mix – It – Up – This is the best part of Devo’s with mom – You choose what you are going to do each day. There doesn’t have to be an actual devotional reading book that you have to read from each day.
Here is a picture of a typical –” Together Time” in our home daily. This will help you see how we integrate the Four Points above.
***Our together time is usually in the mornings – after quick chores and breakfast. Sometimes, we meet after naps, or before bed.. depending on our schedule. When I see a great window of opportunity in MY schedule, I will call all of the kids together and have them bring their Bibles.
I have a shelf in our living room, where my small pile of books, or learning tools for this time congregates. These rest there weekly, and are never moved, or thrown into a closet when cleaning. When all of the children have heard the “call,” and are gathered together – We sing. We sing what comes to the mind and hear that day.
***I have gathered together a nice collection of little songbooks, in addition to the hymnals and choruses we have, and we just pick and choose daily – depending on our moods, struggles, and mindset. Sometimes, I will put in some CD’s that have children singing verses of Scripture and we replay them over and over to learn. We sing along. My children have learned so many verses this way. FUN! There is not always a piano, or perfect pitch. We just sing in harmony.
(Tomorrow I will attach an Amazing List of Resources that you can print off)
After singing – I calmly tell them that it is quiet listening time. I read ( and have for over 15 years) a story from this book – The Children’s Story Bible. We have been from cover to cover so many years – that I cannot count. When something “works,” – Why change?
(This is not a lengthy story, nor hard for any age to understand.)
I will stop intermittently to talk about certain things to help the littler children associate with the ideas. We move from this to my choice of the day of : 1) A Character Quality Study 2.)Reading a chapter from a fun/christian book to 3.)Acting out a story we have learned
(This helps to concrete their learning.)
I have a small list of Scripture Memory work that we work on as all of our children have grown. We just keep repeating this same list. This is when we work on one or two verses together. We use clapping, songs, rhythms, and hand-motions to learn our Scripture. I allow (encourage) each child to stand “up front” and recite the verses they have learned – building each day upon each other.
We clap, or make a big deal for the little ones when they have learned a verse, or more!!!
Sometimes, we do all of the above – and some days, we only have time for a few songs and a story. Flexible.
You can do this mom’s! The first step to overcoming an anxiety, concerns, or inhibitions to spending quality God-Time with your children – is to put ALL expectations and idealistic thoughts on a shelf !
Moments of Sacrifice – Treasures stored up for Eternity. Will you join me in this series and spread the word?
Feel free to share your daily moments here as we journey through this together. Be on the look-out for the resources I will share!
Isn’t this exciting!! Will you be changing this up in your home this summer?