Jul 252013
 
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image001Does your family set aside time for a routine family devotions?

What about a consistent time for everyone to spend personal quiet time reading their Bible and praying?

We know it’s important and yet…

There have been seasons where we have been really good at consistently having devotions together.

And then there have been seasons when we have not.

The key to consistency is routine. Establishing a routine can be tough, but the end result is worth it.

  • Try to pick a time when your family is consistently together and set aside time for a devotional. I know, that’s sometimes easier said than done. However, if that doesn’t exist that might mean you need to evaluate your family activities. Ahem.

 

  • At first, you have to really guard that time. If you’ve decided on after dinner, then be consistent. Don’t decide to just do one little chore first. Everyone will scatter and you might end up forgetting. Ask me how I know.

 

  • Tell the family what you’re doing. Kids are great at holding parents accountable!

 

  • Look for an age-appropriate resource. Certainly reading the Bible alone is sufficient and appropriate for any age, but we have found it helpful to include an extra story for application.

If you have children in the 8-12 range, Adventures in Odyssey  – 90 Devotions for Kids is a good choice for either personal or family devotion time. You can download a sample here to see if it’s a good fit for your family.

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  7 Responses to “Devotional Routine”

  1. The kids do personal devotions after breakfast and come tell me what they are going to work on that day. We try to do family devo after supper.

  2. I like to do them before bed.

  3. Before bed is when we’ve been most consistent.
    –Gena

  4. We really enjoy Adventures in Odyessy! Great stories with great lessons. All the kids gather around most times when the stories are being played. Then you hear the constant “SHhhh” at everyone!

    Great advice in your blog today!

  5. We do family devotions at breakfast time, or right after. It gets us going and starts our day off great!

  6. At night before bed we are more relaxed.

  7. It used to be during morning homeschooling but now we need to change to include Dad…maybe dinnertime:)

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