I’ve been writing about making priorities for your school year align with God’s heart for your family. This applies to all about priority setting and living, no matter if you have school-aged kids or not. If you missed a post in this series you can read them here:
- Part 1 – Getting Priorities for the School Year…from God?
- Part 2 – Whose Job is it to be Spiritual Trainer of Your Kids?
Thinking Through What Your Fam’s Spiritual Training Looks Like.
Today I’m getting to the nitty gritty. Now that you know that God’s Word says YOU are to be the teacher, THE spiritual influencer in your child’s life, let’s talk about what spiritual training looks like. As you read, ponder.
The Bible. A Must.
In your still time with the Lord, ask Him what spiritual training would look like for YOUR family with YOUR children, their ages, their individual and collective sin natures, bents, struggles, interests, passions, temperaments and needs. Plan to have specific times of investing God’s Word into the hearts of your children. Here are some things to ponder on as your family’s devotional time(s) will be uniquely your own.
- What to study from God’s Word?
- A few verses a day in Proverbs? A chapter a day? Digging Deep in The Psalms? The life of David? A specific book of the BIble? A specific character quality needed in your home to hone in on from men/women in the BIble? A topical study on particular character qualities needed in various children (and/or yourself)
- How to go about studying it.
- Read through the Bible in a Year? Chronological Bible? Use a study guide? Commentary? Strong’s Concordance?
- Read through a Bible study together? Do separately and come back together to discuss? Or read together?
- Who will be present?
- The whole family? Just the oldest? A separate Bible study or book study with a particular child in need of that time/topic with you?
- Who will be leading?
- Will the dad lead at nighttime when tucking the kids in? The mom in the morning?
- If your kids are older, will you be rotating them into the mix of leading? (more on how older siblings can help in tomorrow’s post)
- When will you have your own and your family devotional time?
- First thing in the morning- as a disciplined time, before the kids head out to school? In the evening with the whole family together?
- If you are home all day – multiple times throughout the day
- As a homeschooling mother, home all day – although our plan varied year to year, most days we were able to do something related to our “spiritual goals” during meal times. This helped me be more consistent.
- Where will your planned (or even spontaneous) devotions take place?
- In the living room? On the floor of your child’s bedroom? While feeding your only child in the highchair at lunchtime? At the table at mealtime? Your family all sitting on your bed together?
- What does your devotional time look like?
- Each family member with their Bible opened up while sitting at a table? Study resources spread all over the center to cross-reference and dig in?
- Are you all sitting together on the floor, with little ones leaning against you?
- Casually sitting around in the den, on couches and floor with one person reading?
- You presenting? asking Q/A’s? Engaging the kids in dialogue?
- Being transparent? Sharing your own personal journey with Christ? Practical application? Laughter? Are you okay with crying, revealing your tender heart? (You should be.)
- Please note: train ahead to your active ones to teach them sitting still. At a separate time, prior to devotion, set a timer for a brief period of time and have them sit still – with nothing in their hands. Gradually increase the time on the timer.
- Do you want to incorporate other things into your devotional times? or at separate times throughout the day or week?
- music, prayer, journals, scripture memory, great books chosen because the theme/emphasis aligns with your goals of what you want to teach the children this year. More on this in tomorrow’s post.
- Be aware of the tendency of some temperaments to be too rigid once a plan is made. Desire to hear the Holy Spirit guide you with creativity and ideas that meet needs that may arise after you’ve made your plan for the year. Be flexible.
On Monday’s blog, Melissa, my friend, mentee from nearly 20 years ago, and my now-assistant with Cultivating a Home will be sharing in a guest blog post.
Then, I’ll be sharing a few more things to consider going into your devotional time. Topics like praise, worship, prayer, scripture memory, special books that sway the hearts, choosing a particular spiritual emphasis. You don’t want to miss it.
What does your favorite type of devotion with your family look like?
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