Family Devotions: 5 Helpful Tips and additional resources

Would you like to strengthen your family’s spiritual connection and bond? Then, start having regular family devotional times to create a sense of unity, discuss challenges, celebrate daily wins with your kids, and learn more about the Bible!

What Are Family Devotions?

Family devotions are when the family comes together to share personal experiences, read scriptures, pray, and discuss their faith and beliefs. It provides an opportunity to connect with each other on a spiritual level and receive guidance from the Bible. Devotions can be done in different settings but usually at home, around the breakfast table, or in the living room.

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Being creative with the location of your family devotions will keep your kids excited and engaged!

Regular family devotionals are a great way to strengthen your family’s spiritual bond and commitment to God. It helps to create a central spiritual focus in your home, providing support and guidance to family members. It allows parents to lead by example and answer spiritual questions their kiddos might have. Additionally, it allows connecting with one another, allowing family members to discuss things and supplement their knowledge of the Bible.

Family devotional time is integral to building solid relationships and a strong spiritual foundation within your home. It is a time for parents and children to share openly, read scripture, and discuss their beliefs.

5 Helpful tips

Here are five helpful tips for getting the most out of family devotional time:

1) Choose a time that works for everyone.

Pick a convenient time for your family that can become a regular part of your schedule. For our family, on school mornings, we gather at 6:45 am to have breakfast together and read the Bible and a brief devotional. This school year, we’ve been reading through Michael Kelley’s “The Whole Story For the Whole Family: A Year of Jesus-centered Family Devotions.” It’s a chronological walk through the Bible that’s written with kids and families in mind. Our kids have really enjoyed it, and as parents, it provides great illustrations and questions to ask at the end.

The Whole Story for the Whole Family: A Year of Jesus-centered Family Devotions

by Michael Kelley

We’ve also used Karen Whiting’s “The One Year My Princess Devotions: Preschool Edition.” This devotional book is geared toward little girls, and we used it for several years when our daughters were preschool ages (3-6ish).

The One Year My Princess Devotions: Preschool Edition

by Karen Whiting

Now that our son is in first grade and can read independently, we’ve been researching different devotional books that would suit a boy his age (6-8). One that has caught our attention is “The One Year Book of Devotions for Boys” by Tyndale. Every day’s devotional includes a short story, a Bible verse to memorize, and a “How about You?” section to engage boys in their faith.

the One Year Book of Devotions for Boys

by Tyndale

2) Choose a location.

Some families prefer devotionals in their living room or den, while others prefer a quiet corner of the house. Whatever area you choose, ensure your family is comfortable and can focus on the conversation.

For our family, we do our morning devotionals around the breakfast table as our kiddos eat. It lasts about 5 minutes and focuses on getting our kids into the daily habit of starting their day off reading the Bible and being an example of how one day they might lead their families.

At night, we like to end our day with family time too. It doesn’t happen every night (as our schedule can get hectic sometimes). Still, usually 3-4 nights a week, we plop down on the couch in the living room around 7:30-8 pm and watch a short episode of something on TV (currently, BLUEY or The CHOSEN are our favorites). We then ask the kids to tell us their “Highs & Lows” of the day. We sing a song together (usually letting the kids rotate who picks), then we close with a prayer. Then it’s off to brush teeth and hop in bed.

3) Have a plan.

A focused plan ensures that topics are covered and provides a structure to the conversation. For us, that’s selecting which devotional or Bible-reading plan we will use at the beginning of each school year.

Here are a few suggestions for getting started with your family devotions:

Our Daily Bread For Kids: 365 Meaningful Moments with God

by Crystal Bowman & Teri McKinley

The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the bible to help Kids & Parents engage & Love Scripture

by Sarah M. Wells

5-Minute Family Devotional: Kid-friendly Devotions for Growing with God

by Brittany Rust

4) Keep it interesting.

Novelty can help keep everyone engaged. Consider incorporating fun activities, such as discussions or games, into the conversation. Being age-appropriate is important….keeping older kids or pre-teens interested while also keeping the attention of younger ones can be challenging. Having a family game night, or movie night is great way to transition to family devotion time.

Here are two book suggestions that have some incredibly creative ideas for family devotions:

The Very Best, Hands-on, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions: 52 Activities Your Kids will never Forget

by Tim Shoemaker

Hands-on Bible 365 Devotions for Kids: Faith-filled Activities for Families!

by Jennifer Hooks & Tyndale

5) Be flexible.

Family devotional time should be an enjoyable experience for everyone, so it’s essential to be flexible and look for opportunities to redirect the conversation if it naturally goes in a different direction. But remember, it doesn’t have to be “perfect” or a certain amount of time. It’s unique to your family. The more times you gather, the easier it becomes for everyone.

When our girls were little, our family devoted time included dancing, laughing, and enjoying their silliness! The goal is to help your little ones fall in love with Jesus and spend time in His Word, not to be super rigid, solemn, and no fun! Teaching your kids to have enjoyable family time and focusing on spiritual themes will grow them closer to you and God!

If you follow these tips and make your family devotional time a regular part of your family routine, your home will become more spiritually connected, and your family’s bond will be strengthened. And don’t be discouraged if you’ve never tried this with your family. It’s never too late to start a new family tradition! Love y’all!

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