Sunday, February 13, 2011

Devotionals

I have felt moved to begin a devotional time with my children. I read often of families that do this together during breakfast or dinner; and it always sounded like a wonderful thing to do but I never did it because I honestly knew I wouldn't be able to keep up with it on a daily basis. And I'm lucky if I can actually sit longer than 2 minutes without getting up to get something for someone. Anyway, last week I sat the kids down on the couch and discussed with them the importance of being peacemakers. (I am really determined to teach them about being kind to one another instead of bickering all day.)

Teach Them to Your Children by Sarah Wean is a book with one-page stories related to character formation, such as obedience, kindness, forgiveness, trusting in God, etc. Each story contains a short poem, illustration and scripture verse to go with it. We've read this book off and on for a few years, and the kids really like the stories. So I've been using this book to reiterate the virtue we are discussing. We follow this with their favorite part...skits. They love to act out scenes.

Now I don't plan to do a devotional everyday nor do I plan to always use the same formula (book, skits, etc.). Whatever works for where they are at at the given moment. For example, Chap spent the last month reading with them through the old testament about Joseph and his response to suffering the right way. He was trying to teach them how to respond when things don't go their way. We normally do all of this as a family in the evening, but I am compelled to do more during the day when they are with just me. I have come to the realization that it takes a life time to develop good virtues and character. So if they don't get it now, they'll have plenty of opportunities in the future.

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