It is the hardest thing to do as a family.
We can gather for a movie, gather for work in the garden. We can gather for a family game, even gather for tea-
But you mention devotion– family time talking about God and his goodness- and it’s like the earth spins in a different rotation.
Everyone needs to sit still. Everyone needs to be ready to listen. The person delivering the devotion needs to be well prepared. We need to have at least 30 minutes to an hour of uninterrupted, totally silent time.
Maybe it can happen- right there. Where other stories are told. Where we share about our day. Where we talk about last nights game, yesterdays lunch menu, silly stories of childhood; next weeks plans.
Where the random sock sits waiting to be put away.
Maybe in the car, waiting at the doctors office, walking around the track? What about while shopping for groceries?
Maybe there, we can just share a little bit of that Jesus goodness with our children. With our spouse. With our mom or dad.
Maybe 10 min a day adds up to over an hour a week. Maybe something magical happens when we just make it “normal” to talk about Jesus?
Maybe thinking of it as just “life” rather than “devotion time” it will actually happen.
Even with the socks sitting on the table.
Excellent family devotion resources:
The Adventure Bible & Devotion
What’s in the Bible
Our 24 Family Ways Devotion Book
Bible flash cards from your local book store; you can usually find them for around $1.99
Ideas our family loves:
We have a basket that sits on our sofa with bible books and bibles. When the kids wake up in the morning- they tip-toe out to the sofa and dive into those books every morning. The kids know, these are the only books they can look at when they first wake up. (shhhh, they’re learning quiet time and they don’t even know it!) This is the delight of my momma morning! ❤
The Living Bible Translation is easy for children and new Christians to understand (psssttt… it’s my favorite) =)
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