The lost art of family devotions
When we were young Bible college students, courting and thinking toward marriage, a young family unofficially took us under their wing. We would go over to their house sometimes just to have a meal or hang out. After supper, they would have a time of singing and Bible reading with their children (three of them six and under). The dad played the guitar and sang, and then opened up the book of Proverbs. He would read it, explain it in words children could understand and then draw out a lesson in stick figures. When we got married and had children of our own, we started doing the same thing. Over the years, our styles have changed and our approach has gone through various stages depending on the ages of the children. For now the way it works is that after supper we meet in the living room, sing a few songs a cappella from a hymnal, slowly working our way from front to back, review a page of Bible memory verses (about 25 or so to a page), read two chapters from the Bible (NIV) and follow it with a chapter or so of commentary or explanation or devotional from a study Bible or devotional book. The whole thing takes maybe 20-25 minutes and it has become a standard in our house. It gives us time together as a family, gets us in the Word together, helps us review for Scripture memory and gives us a chance to praise God and learn quality songs. Anyway, the other day I was just wondering if other people did this and, if not, that they might be helped a bit if I shared the idea. The young couple who taught us 22+ years ago made a great impact on us. Maybe by passing this on, you’ll be helped to. I challenge you to try this. Even if you only get it done a few times a week, that is still a wonderful investment in the life of your family.