Winter is almost over–hooray!!–and so our minds naturally start to shift to “spring cleaning” or “decluttering”. Many times spring cleaning is focused on renewing and refreshing our physical homes, but since I share mostly about family life and teaching Scripture to your kids here on the blog, I thought it might be fun to share a way we can renew (spring clean?) our spiritual lives with tips for doing devotions with your family!

(There’s a giveaway at the end of this post,  but be sure to read my tips first! ;) )

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 says,

“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

You may be wondering why this is “spring cleaning” related, but it’s because I think that this season is a great time to restart devotions with your kids if you’ve gotten away from a regular devotional/prayer time.

Family devotions for us are a time to dig into God’s Word with our kids from the oldest to the youngest and also to teach them that they can pray to God anytime about anything! 

Here are four steps to “refreshing” your devotional time with your children:

1. Choose a time of day. Morning, evening or at the dinner table, whatever works best for you. Try to find a time that can stay consistent. If you know that you have evening activities several times a week, night time probably isn’t the best option.

2. Make it a relaxing atmosphere. Some families like to light candles before they pray or include music and family singing time. You don’ t need to know how to play the guitar or piano to make a joyful noise to the Lord!

3. Pick a devotional book that is age-appropriate for your children. This can be easy or challenging, depending on the age-range of your kids. Of course your Bible is the most important book for devotions but there are many biblical devotionals that can serve as go-alongs. {I talk about one of the books we use in the video below.}

4. Encourage prayer. Praying with your children strengthens their faith and encourages them, especially when you pray over them. If your child struggles with praying out loud, I share in my video a tool that has worked for us to jump-start our children’s prayer time. Make it grace-filled and don’t force it. You can also read about 8 simple tips for helping a child who is hesitant to pray

To explain a couple of the tools we use to make devotions enjoyable and teachable at the same time, I recorded a quick video! {This was originally released about 5 years ago and it has different info than the post.}


If you can’t see this video, click here. 

More Resources for Family Devotions

There are some really solid and wonderful resources for family devotions, and these are a few that we recommend! We are very picky about what we choose to teach our children and want our devotionals and children’s Bible storybooks to be accurate, true to Scripture and emphasize what Jesus has done for us (rather than what we’ve done for God).

4 Must-Have Children’s Bible Storybooks

My ABC Prayers/My ABC Bible (Perfect for the littlest ones!! It is out of print but there are many used copies on Amazon and all four of my kids have loved it. And I’ve memorized it, haha!)

Illustrated Children’s Bible Stories

To Every Nation: 12 Missionaries and Their Great God (our three older kids, ages 5, 7 and 10, loved this study!)

Hide and Seek Devotional (great for ages 3 and up!)

God’s Amazing Creatures and Me: Devotions for Boys and Girls ages 6-10

Developing a Quiet Time (helpful for older kids who are wondering what to do during their own devotional time!)

Thanksgiving Heart  (teaching gratefulness in your kids)

I hope these tips and suggestions have given you the confidence to begin (or restart) family devotions in your home!
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*The Story Bible from Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Missouri.

 

Spring Cleaning Challenge Giveaway!

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I’m joining with some fantastic homemakers to host a 6-week spring clean and declutter challenge starting March 6! Click here to download the planner that will guide you through the challenge! THEN enter below to win the Spring Homemaking Giveaway to bless your home and family! The winner will receive an Instant Pot Duo 6-quart 7-in-1 pressure cooker! ($234.95 value) AND a $50 Amazon gift card

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Jenn

Blogger/ Author at The Purposeful Mom
Hi, I'm Jenn! I'm an "unstuffy" pastor's wife and mom to four amazing and active children. My desire is to equip you with the resources, tools and encouragement you need to learn God’s Word and apply it to your life so you can teach the Word to your children in a way that has a lasting impact! I want to help you turn good ideas into good practices so that you feel confident, by the grace of God, in carrying out the many vocations you have been called to as a Christian woman. Read more on my about page!

19 Comments on Spring Cleaning Your Spiritual Life: Tips for Doing Family Devotions (plus a Giveaway)!

  1. I forget to plan ahead some nights for things that take longer than the rest of the meal to cook….

  2. I’ve been looking for resources to start devotionals with my children. You have some great insight. Thank you for all of the links! This is a great resource. Thank you for sharing!

  3. One of my biggest challenges in making homemade meals is getting everyone all together. Most days, my hubby and son work different hours and it is hard to plan meals.

  4. Time is our biggest challenge. It seems as though we never have enough time to cook.

  5. As a single mother of two, it’s time. Commute, homework, cooking, etc. doesn’t give me a lot of time.

  6. The biggest challenge in making homemade meals for my family is the time. I work full time and it’s hard to prepare a homemade meal when I don’t get done working until after 6 pm.

  7. Finding things everyone will eat is difficult. I have to make different dinners for my three kids.

  8. These are perfect tips and resources. I have been planning out my devotional time and this is the perfect time. Thank you.

  9. The biggest challenge we face is time. Two parents that work full time and four kids takes some planning.

  10. My biggest challenge lately has been morning sickness ~ in both my pregnancies thus far, Ive had it almost the entire 9 months, although considerably better after first trimester is over. But Im due in one month, so hopefully after that I can get back to cooking my husband and toddler a nice variety of healthy meals, and not just repeat a few recipes over and over which dont make me feel nauseous! :)

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