The beginning of the school year is a great time to start a new devotional book as a family. It can be something you use as a springboard for conversation over dinner, as you get ready for your day at breakfast or as you wind down your day. David C Cook has a series of family devotionals, Knowing God the Father, Knowing the Holy Spirit, and Knowing Jesus. Each book has 52 devotionals.
These devotions feature simplified doctrine with easy-to-understand language so children will be engaged and able to follow along. The theological depth of these devotions will strengthen parents’ faith as well, providing a growing experience for children and parents together. Each devotion features a section specifically for growing children’s faith, including a topic or question to start a conversation about spiritual matters, and a simple closing prayer. With illustrations highlighting key concepts, parents and children together will treasure time spent with these devotions as they grow closer to God and one another.
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“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Find a devotional for your family. Whether your children are in preschool or college, doing a devotional together as a family can be a great for everyone’s relationship with God and each other. Pick out a devotional that everyone will enjoy reading together. It could be David C Cook Family Devotionals, Knowing God the Father, Knowing the Holy Spirit, and Knowing Jesus, or another devotional. It can help to ask your children’s pastor, youth pastor or family pastor if they have any suggestions. Sometimes other families at your church or small group might have suggestions for ones that they have enjoyed reading. Check out your church or a local church that has a reading library and you can borrow a devotional and see if it is one that you like.
Set aside a time each day to do a devotion and pray together. Find a time that works best for your family and your schedule. It could be over breakfast, before you go to bed or during dinner. While it can be great to set aside a specific time each day, also remember to be flexible. There might be something challenging that happened that day at school that you need to discuss. During the devotional time, rotate reading or leading the question time. Try to give everyone the opportunity to read and share. Take the opportunity to have a “field trip,” with your devotional, when appropriate. If you are reading about God’s creation, go out and experience it. If you are learning about serving, try to find an opportunity to serve together as a family.
Bless someone else. It can be easy to let all of our devotionals and books accumulate and end up collecting dust on our bookcases. Instead of just having the books sit there, think about someone that you can bless. It could be a missionary that your church supports overseas, it could be a local ministry at your church, it could be a friend or someone in your small group. Go through your books and decide which ones you want to keep and which ones you can give away. Pray and ask God to show you someone that you can bless. Write an encouraging note to them. It might include your favorite Bible verse or a story of something you learned from one of the books. After you give them the books, pray for them that God would use the things they learn from reading to bless others.
We were given a set of devotionals by Frontgate Media. All of our thoughts and opinions are our own
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