In today’s fast-paced world, finding moments when the family can be together can be challenging. Due to hectic schedules, work commitments, and various distractions, the importance of christian family devotions might sometimes be overshadowed.
As a Christian mom, I haven’t always had space to have regular family devotions and I know how hard it can be. That’s why in today’s post I share with you the importance of Christian family devotions and share some tips on how to start.
The Importance of Christian Family Devotions and How to Start
Before I jump into today’s topic, I want to set the scene. You decide you want your family to read The Bible and pray together regularly. So you make a plan and start. But the kids don’t sit still, they don’t listen and you start thinking that maybe this isn’t worth it.
It’s not the scene you thought I would share with you.
I know you want a promise that your kids will love reading The Bible together and that sitting down and doing family devotions will be easy.
The truth is, most kids don’t like family devotions.
A few weeks ago, it was time to read The Bible and my daughter said something like: why do we do this? We hate it and don’t learn anything!
What a stab to the heart!
I was tempted to take this personally, but then remembered my attitude about family devotions at her age and realized I had felt the same.
So, if I didn’t like family devotions in my youth, and my kids don’t like it either… then why do it??
As a child, I didn’t really understand the impact devotions were having on my faith. But now, as a mom and a more mature Christian, I believe that family devotions play an important role in nurturing faith in your family.
Devotions provide a dedicated time for family members to come together, read and study the Bible, and pray as a collective unit.
Through regular devotional practices, your children grow in understanding God’s word, and they learn biblical principles. This can also be a time when parents model a genuine faith, and children can witness the importance of prioritizing God in their lives.
Opening God’s word with your children begins the practice of talking about God’s word and your children will come to trust you as a wise person and continue to ask you questions about The Bible and Christian living for years to come.
How to Start Family Devotions
Set a consistent time and place for family devotions
Finding a consistent time when all family members can gather for devotions can be difficult, especially with varying work, school, and extracurricular commitments.
Choose a specific time each day or week for family devotions and make it a part of your schedule. Consistency will help establish the habit and create anticipation for the devotional time.
Combine Devotions with Other Activities: Incorporate family devotions into daily routines, such as during meals or before bedtime. This way, it becomes seamlessly integrated into your schedule.
Keep It Short and Engaging: Recognize that time constraints might be an issue, so aim for shorter, focused devotions that are engaging and interactive.
Choose age-appropriate devotionals and materials
Age Differences: Addressing the diverse spiritual needs and comprehension levels of family members of different ages can be tricky.
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Involve every family member in the process
Encourage active participation from all family members. Let each person have a role, whether it’s reading a passage, leading a prayer, or contributing thoughts and insights.
Ask open-ended questions during devotional time
Emphasize the importance of grace and flexibility in the process
My husband grew up going to catholic school and one thing he didn’t like was the guilt that the catholic church placed on people for not going to mass regularly and other practices.
It was really important to him that we show our kids that we love The Lord, and we want Him to be the center of our lives, but we worship God and not the church. We worship God and not doing devotions every day.
There is a difference between encouraging a relationship with Jesus and not overemphasizing spiritual practices.
We spend time reading God’s word because we love God and want to hear from Him. Not because we have to or because we want other people to see what good Christian parents we are.
What does this look like in practice?
It means, that some days, you might not do family devotions, and that’s ok.
Having flexibility around family devotions shows your children that you Love The Lord, and you want to learn more about Him, but you worship God and not the practice. That you love your children more than you love the practice.
Resources to help you get started:
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