One thing I really love about this time of year is the chance to make it all new. Sure, you can make changes anytime, but the close of a year always seems to prompt us to re-evaluate.
A few years ago I made a significant change in my life. I participated in a support group for people wishing to make it a habit to get up before their family every day and start their day with God’s Word. Just this one little thing changed everything for me. I became more faithful in reading the Word, I was a much happier mom, and surprisingly my to-do list was much easier to accomplish.
With this in mind, I have encouraged my children to create similar habits when it comes to their time in God’s Word. We generally do more in-depth studies during the school day, but I still wanted them to get into the habit of reading the Word, praying, and journaling about their experience.
One thing I noticed quickly was that they got tired of the same study method. Even with a really open-ended one, they just didn’t enjoy the same thing day after day. So I began creating notebook pages for them, with methods that would rotate on a daily basis.
This free printable journal is a combination of our favorite journal pages all wrapped up into one. I love that it encourages them to dig deep and think about the Scripture in different ways. There are 7 pages in all.
Quiet Time Journal for Kids
This year I’m going to bind the notebook with our binding machine. I will make this page out of cardstock so it is extra sturdy. You could also create your journal in a 3-ring binder. The cover page could go in the slot on the front and you could then decide as you go how many of each page you might need.
Blessings and Favorites page–>>
The next page is a monthly page. I will print out 12 of these (back to back, so only 6 pieces of paper). The purpose of these pages is to record our blessings, jot down favorite verses, and even note some ongoing prayer needs. I really enjoy looking back to see what God did several months ago!
There are 4 different study pages. Each one has different questions to encourage students to think about Scripture and dig deep into their lives. I plan to print these off back to back so that my children can rotate through a different one each day. However, you could do several weeks on one study type and then several weeks on the next. It’s totally up to you.
Bonus Notes page–>>
The final element to the journal is a blank page. I thought this would be nice for the kids to be able to jot down any notes or extra things they think of. I intend to make a few to stick in the back. Of course, it’s wide open, so use it as you please!
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