Seeds of Worship is a great tool to use in your family devotion time.

How We’re Doing Family Devotional Time

My husband and I don’t really do resolutions, per say. We both, individually, feel like your life should constantly be changing for the better. You don’t have to wait for a new year to implement change!

One thing we typically do, however, is to pick a word for the year. This word is something we either HOPE to have happen each year or something we feel we need to work on each year.

My husband’s word this year is “Grow.” This can be utilized in many different ways, from growing in his job to growing in his volunteer positions at church. He felt that one way to implement this word in our family, however, was to help our children grow in their knowledge of the Bible and in our family time.

We do this in a very simple way. After dinner chores are taken care of and the littles are bathed and in pajamas, we gather in the family room and my husband reads a story from the Bible. We started with his favorite story of Gideon.

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We aren’t Bible scholars, although we’ve grown up in the church; we know a good bit about the Bible. He reads directly from the Bible, but just a portion of the story. An entire story is just too long and involved for this age. We stop and discuss along the way, as well. You know, asking questions like, “Why do you think he did that?” or “Do you think he’ll trust God from now on?” (The answer to that question is typically a no!)

My girls have learned, even at three, that a safe answer is always “Jesus!”

If you have smaller children, say between the ages of 3-5, and you want to do a Bible reading, consider reading from the Jesus Storybook Bible. It’s awesome! We got one as a gift when my twins were born, but our pastor recommends it to parents. It’s not the Bible, keep in mind. It’s an author’s view of the Bible and Bible stories. I love, however, how Sally Lloyd-Jones says the entire Bible is one story, made to highlight Jesus. So she points each ‘famous’ Bible story to Jesus, about how it tells of His coming, or His love, or His grace. The pictures are gorgeous and the stories aren’t too long, either. Perfect for the holding the attention of little ears and eyes.

We ask the kids if there’s anything we can pray for them about; usually a few of them will have something, even if it’s to help them sleep better or to help their infected toe (yes, one of my children has one, yuck!) So we pray, being sure to mention all the prayer requests.

Then we get to the really fun part! We put on our music from Seeds of Worship. I love love love this music because it’s not only Scripture-based, it’s direct Scripture. Not just a chorus or part of a verse; like, they literally are singing the Bible verses word for word. The one we’re starting with this week is Psalm 34:10- “The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”

And the song goes, “The lions may grow weak and hungry, the lions may grow weak and hungry, the lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing!”

Exactly the scripture. The tune is really catchy as well, so my kids love it. My 11 year old sings along in his fun voice and even my 3 year olds try to keep up with the words. Our plan is to do one song/verse each week so it’s cemented in their hearts and minds.

If you have a chance, pick up a Seeds of Worship CD. There are so many different ones, with different verse/song combinations. They even have a Christmas one and a Lullaby CD. These also come in downloadable MP3s so you can take it with you and listen anywhere; it’s awesome!

Do you do a family devotional time, or quiet time? If so, how do you do it?

 

Seeds of Worship is a great tool to use in your family devotion time.

 

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7 Comments

  • Dr. M January 10, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Using music to memorize scripture is a great idea. My mom used it with me. That’s how I was able to memorize the books of the Bible when I was a child!

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  • Aundrea January 10, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I love that you guys pick a new word each year. “Grow” is a great word to use. It be used in so many different ways! Also, we used to have the Jesus Story Book and read it with out oldest. That’s a great pick!

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  • Tonya January 10, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I love this idea!

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  • Liz Wilcox January 10, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Music is one of the greatest tools to use at any age to learn! Love that you are using it for devotional.
    Also, I love your website name. How cute and catchy, like a song!

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  • Eryn May 31, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Seriously such a good idea! I love the idea of song when teaching children anything, but I hadn’t really thought about it in terms of teaching them verses of the Bible. My little one is still quite little, but you betcha I’m going to try this method when I start teaching him scripture. Thanks for the great post!

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