A fabulous way to understand how to do a Family Time with your family is to go to a training time. If you haven’t been able to experience one, you can host one at your church or try to catch one of the upcoming trainings. When I went to a training, I was inspired and really enjoyed how practical the ideas were. I went right home and did the “Knock Sin out of our Lives” devotion and my kids loved it! I really enjoyed the inclusion of grandparents in being able to do family devotions and talked with my parents about it soon after the training.
Our family has experimented with many versions of family devotional time. Recently I realized NOW is the time to get our family started doing weekly devotions with Family Time resources. I went to the Family Time website and looked through the different resources available online. Our family started with some of the Free Activities and really enjoyed them. Our next step was to try one of the Family Time devotional curriculum books. Choosing was difficult. I stopped to think through our children’s ages and what each of them has already learned at church, at AWANAs, and in our other intentional spiritual trainings at home and chose the God’s Awesome Story book and went through the easy online ordering process.
The book arrived in great time, so I grabbed my planner and decided on dates for this month! My kids and I have had devoted spiritual training time each weekday morning at breakfast since our daughter was in Kindergarten. Now that we are juggling both the Middle School earlier start time and elementary later start time, breakfast is not the optimal time for our devotions. I decided to try the first lesson in God’s Awesome Story just after my boys got out of school on Wednesdays.
I read through the lesson plan and printed off one copy of the worksheets, put them in a quiet place with some pencils and awaited Wednesday afternoon’s arrival! The kids really enjoyed filling in the worksheets together and said they were looking forward to the next Wednesday after school Family Time (which was really fun, as well)! May you and your kiddos have as much fun doing Family Time devotionals as we do!
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:7
What was your family’s first Family Time devotional experience like?