I have been thinking for a while that I wanted to do devotions with my girls every morning before starting school. The hubby printed our Bible reading schedules for them, and they do that (most of the time) before the day is over, but I really want them to get practical things from the Word.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
So the search began for a proper devotional. I don't want to go into all the reasons why I'm not writing them myself, but suffice it to say that buying a book already done saves this Mama's time. I found a book by a well-respected lady, who was then recommended to me by a friend, but after looking over the reviews, decided against it. Many moms felt like it didn't delve deep enough, and that it was very babyish.
Now, my girls are not teens, but they are not babies either. I didn't want something too young that they lost interest. (Which is what happened with the Keys for Kids emails.) I also wanted things specific to girls since that's what I have.
J-Man is out of town for three weeks, so I think this is a good time to bond together as "women" (and I use that term loosely) in the Word of God.
So, what did I end up doing?
I scoured Christian Book Distributors and came up with some winners!
Our daily devotion that we'll be doing together every day (including weekends) is Truth and Dare by Ann-Margret Hovsepian. It's an excellent book with a Truth for the day, and a Dare to live out what you've learned. I think it's going to be awesome.
I also dug through the bargain bin on the site and found the book Manners Made Easy by June Hines Moore. It's a 365 day book too, so before our devotion we will read one of the manners pages listed in the book. Fun for girls to do! This morning we learned the six 'S's to making a good impression. Cute!
The next thing I did was take the girls to the store to pick out their own journal. I want them to do more than just take in what we're saying in the moment. I want them to record their thoughts and feelings about what we're learning together. I want them to be challenged and kept accountable.
If we do this together now, it will go a long way to help them develop a habit of daily Bible reading and journaling. I made it clear that their journals are theirs alone, and they don't have to share with everyone if they don't want to. However, I also made it clear that I will check their journals every now and again and talk about any issues I find there.
They are very excited about doing this together, and I think it will help all of us while J-Man is out of town. (He arrived in Zambia safely, thank you. More about that later.)
Two other books I also purchased are Faith Training: Raising Kids Who Love the Lord by Joe White, and Growing Little Women by Donna Miller and Christine Yount. The first one is a great resource to encourage parents in the setting of faith practices with their kids, and practical ways to do that. The second will be a special devotion we do once in a while, as they are quite a bit longer than we have time for in the mornings before school.
I must tell you that all of us were up and out of bed by 6:45 this morning in anticipation of having this time together. I am really looking forward to how God will use this in setting our hearts toward putting His Word first in our day and in our lives.
My husband has also set the time right after dinner for family devotions. We have asked the girls for idea of what they want to learn, and he also has lessons he wants to teach them. It's a great time for discussion and prayer together. I love it that they see their dad taking an active role in leading our family to God's Word.
It's really amazing how much your kids will confide in you when you take time in God's Word with them, and not just encourage them to do it on their own.
What do find works for you with your children for devotions?