Family Devotions: A Worthwhile Habit
My older daughter, now a pastor’s wife, said, “Family devotions are my earliest memories.” My late husband and I stuck with them through all ages and stages of our five active children. Devotions help develop a child’s faith; but looking back, I see many benefits, including developing cognitive and social skills.
Reading and talking about the Bible increases vocabulary, critical thinking, reading comprehension and the ability to discuss a variety of topics. Two of our sons became rocket scientists, and learning to analyze facts started with God’s Word. Devotions help children apply what they learn. It builds stronger family bonds.
- Schedule time daily or a few times a week
- Be enthusiastic
- Save dessert for after devotions. No sweet word from God, no sweet treat.
- Match your child’s ability to method.
- Check out various family devotional books
- Take photos to capture the memories
Karen Whiting is a former TV host, international speaker and author of 23 books. Her latest, 52 Weekly Devotions for Busy Families provides tools to make devotional time easy, fun and faith filled.