When our kids were younger, we read the Bible as a family at dinnertime. At least we tried. As our kids got older that got harder. Just having meals together was harder but even when we were all together it could be a challenge. Some days the older kids weren’t home from a sports practice or play practice yet. The younger kids needed to do their reading minutes or other homework. We should have always made devotions a priority but we didn’t.
Maybe your family is like mine. I recently was asked if I had any idea what percentage of families are doing family devotions. I don’t know the answer to that. (If you are aware of any statistics about family devotions, please let me know in the comments!) But the question got me thinking about the topic.
So I was quite interested when I discovered that the latest issue of Nurture is on the topic of family devotions. If you're not familiar with Nurture, it's a blog written especially for busy parents and caregivers, or others who play an important role in kids' lives (like stepparents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles). It's full of fun, faith-building ideas, articles, and devotions to use at home.
This issue of Nurture addresses question such as “How do help our kids listen to God’s word?” and “When is a good time to have devotions?” There's also a section with prayer ideas for preschoolers, elementary school agers and teens.
The blog also highlights some good resources like a new devotional called DIVE Devotions written for middle school kids. It's based on the Heidelberg Catechism and has fun doodles on every page. It also happens to have been written by my son! There are other resources mentioned too, like “God’s Big Story Cards” and “Faith Talk Cards” which are wonderful resource to help families talk about their faith. I've placed these cards in the Sunday School classrooms for the teacher to use if they have extra class time.
The Nurture blog has some good ideas for busy families to think about family devotions. Add this resource to your church web page or highlight it on Facebook, email, or in your churches newsletter or bulletin.