Have you tried family devotions?

Have you considered having a regular devotional time with your family? In Deuteronomy chapter 6 Moses says, “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise.” (Deut. 6:6-7) If you are a parent then according to this passage it is your responsibility to teach the word of God “diligently to your children”. But even if you do not have children in your home it is important for us as God’s people to be sitting before his word in our daily life, so family devotions can be beneficial for all of us! At our house, we have been doing a devotion together consistently for a few months now. It has been amazing to see the difference that it has made in the life of our family! We usually have a devotional time 3 to 5 times a week and they usually last about 10 to 15 minutes. Do my children sit like angels around the dinner table and humbly drink in the word of God? Of course not. But do they catch a few things here and there and realize that the Bible is an important part of mom and dad’s lives? Absolutely! Family devotions are very simple. Ours usually follow this pattern: Read, Pray, Sing. As a family read a short passage of scripture. The length of the passage is based on the attention span and age of those participating. Pray about something that the passage teaches us. Then, sing a song of worship together. If you are new to family devotions, there are many good resources that can help you with this. If you have children living in your home, I highly recommend a book called Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God by Marty Machowski.

-Jeff Lane


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