Are you ready to start doing family devotions but you have no idea where to start? Does the whole idea sound overwhelming or not achievable in this season? Or maybe you can’t seem to make it a habit.
I love the saying, good intentions are not enough.
That definitely rings true when it comes to family devotions. Just having the desire to make it happen isn’t going to make it happen. It takes intention and perseverance to make it work.
One surefire why to make that happen is to do family devotions.
5 Simple Tips for Starting Family Devotions
Determine your goals. Why are you doing this? How often do you want to make family devotions happen-daily, weekly, monthly? Do you want to introduce them to Bible heroes or teach them the promises of God? Do you want hands-on lessons or simple reading from a book?
I suggest starting simple. As you are trying to form a new habit you don’t want to put too much strain on yourself right away.
Set a time. Once you determine your goals set a specific time for family devotions. Nail it down. Mark it on the calendar, in your planner, wherever you’ll be reminded.
Don’t aim too high. Can I be honest? Daily family devotions are unrealistic for a lot of people. I don’t know anyone personally that has achieved this level of family devotions. If you do or can, by all means, go for it! But if you have little ones or a husband who works long hours then it may not be achievable for you and you’re going to give up. We aim for weekly family devotions so that my husband can lead them.
You don’t need to have mini-sermonettes for your family devotions. This isn’t about preaching at your children. It’s about teaching them, reaching their hearts, creating an atmosphere where talking about Jesus is a normal occurrence. The older they get the deeper and longer the discussions can and will get.
Choose something to go through. Based on how you answered the above questions, determine what would be a perfect fit for your family. Pick something that is age appropriate for you family. There are so many books out there that you can grab. Here a few of my favorites:
- The Bible in My Heart Coloring Book
- –>This is what we are currently going through. It is perfect for the toddler and preschool years. Our first grader is still enjoying going through it. It’s more than just a coloring book. One page is a Bible lesson with a memory verse for each letter of the alphabet. Then the next page is a picture of the story. There are even simple comprehension questions after each story. The kids love getting to color after sitting down for the lesson.
- Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions: 90 Faith-Building Ideas Your Kids Will Eat Up!
- 90 Devotions for Kids
- ILLUSTRATED FAMILY BIBLE STORIES
Make it a priority. If you don’t make family devotions a priority then you aren’t going to follow through with it. Carve out the time and protect it. Say no to outside commitments that might land on that time that you’ve set aside for family devotions. Saying no will get easier as you make the habit and grow to love this time together.
Family devotions may seem unachievable at this point, especially if you haven’t started them or you can’t seem to make it habit, but you can create the habit with some simple steps. It doesn’t have to be a 30-minute church like sermonette that they have to sit and listen to. You can set simple goals adapted to your child’s ages. Make it a priority and you’ll make it happen! Hard things are worth the effort.
Your turn! How do family devotions look in your home? Do you struggle with making them a habit? Do you need to change your perspective and keep it simple? Let’s chat in the comments below!
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