Do you feel like you have no time for family devotions?
On a recent survey, many of you told me that your biggest struggle with family devotions is a lack of time.
Believe me, I totally get this!
Our schedules are so packed that we often feel like we don’t have time to breathe. When we do get an extra 10 minutes in our day, we either collapse in a semi-comatose state watching T.V. or scrolling through facebook, or we put it into hyper-drive and try to get a little more work done.
But, I want to ask you: What is the most important thing that you did today? What is the most important thing on your to-do list tomorrow? Stop for a moment and think about it.
As a Christian, you know that teaching your kids about the God of the Bible is the most important thing that you can do as a parent. There’s no question about this.
Yet, if you are like me, you struggle with making consistent family Bible study or devotions a reality in your home.
Between crazy busy schedules, resistant family members, active kids, and the never ending search for a good devotional that will appeal to all members of our families, we can feel defeated before we even begin.
But, you don’t have to feel this way!
You CAN succeed in family devotions. You CAN teach your children from God’s Word.
Here are four super-simple ways to make consistent family Bible study a reality in YOUR home:
What can you do if your husband refuses to lead your family spiritually?
Now, obviously this is going to be an issue if your husband is unsaved. And, many women are raising their children by themselves and do not have a husband to look to for spiritual leadership. In these cases, the wife must assume this role herself.
But, what about the wife who is married to a Christian man who is refusing to “step up”?
Here’s the scenario: You have been convicted about the importance of family devotions. So you approach your husband. Since he’s a Christian, you’re sure that he will feel just as strongly about family devotions as you do.
I mean, after all, you want to start teaching your kids God’s Word. How could he disagree?
Can we talk candidly for a moment about family devotions?
Honestly, I don’t know of any other topic that can make Christian parents feel like failures as quickly as the topic of family devotions.
Because we have ALL failed time and time again in this area.
If you are a Christian parent, you know that teaching your kids about the God of the Bible is the most important thing that you can do in your parenting.
There’s no question about this.
But yet, many times our mornings are too hectic to possibly squeeze in a couple of minutes of Bible time. Many nights go by when we are just too exhausted from our busy days to put in the emotional, mental, and physical energy to pull the Bible off the shelf and share God’s truths with our children.
And, far too often, these Bible-less days and nights turn into weeks, months, and even years.
Would you like to encourage your tween or teen daughter to develop a habit of daily Bible reading while also building a stronger relationship with her? Here’s a simple way to do just that!
Anytime that we desire to build a good habit, it is helpful to know that someone else is sharing this journey with us. Our children are no different!
I firmly believe that the best way to encourage our kids to read the Bible for themselves is to let them see us reading it and to read it with them.
The Mother/Daughter Bible Reading Journal is a perfect way to hold your daughter accountable, while also encouraging her to hold you accountable in your Bible reading.
All you need to get started is a notebook and a Bible.
If I were to ask you, “What are the top ten most important things that you can teach your children?”, would teaching your children how to pray make your list?
We teach our children how to add and subtract, how to play musical instruments or sports, and how to read. But, how many of us can say that we have made it a priority to teach our children how to pray?
If you are a Christian parent, you probably know that prayer is important. But, knowing that prayer is important is not enough. We need to be intentionally teaching our kids how to pray.
Here are some simple and practical ideas to help you as you teach your child how to pray. Read More at Faith Along the Way…
Providing young listeners with a sermon notes page is an excellent way to help them focus on the sermon.
These free printable sermon notes pages are double-sided and include a Sunday morning checklist, space for sermon notes and application, and a take-home challenge. These pages offer parents and kids a wonderful opportunity to discuss the sermon.
“Promotion Sunday” is coming up in my church, during which a fresh crop fifth graders are introduced into the preaching service. And, this year, my twins are among those sitting through the service for the first time. So, when my friend Lisa asked me to work with her in coming up with a printable sermon notes page for our church, I was super excited.
Have your children ever asked you if they are really, truly saved? My children have asked me!
How can we answer them? Should we assure them that they are saved because they prayed the “sinner’s prayer” when they were younger? What if that prayer didn’t “take”?
If we are honest, many of us adults struggle with doubts about our salvation. How can we guide our children as we talk about this vitally important topic?