I noticed that my son’s Bible sat unopened for days. Of course I didn’t want to shame him. He’s young. He’s learning. We all have seasons where we’re not as diligent to stay in the Word. But I also know that God’s Word soothes our hurts and helps us in our journey.
He lashed out in anger at his sister – harsh words that came from his own internal struggle and frustration. I understand, son. I feel frustrated too at times. I took a deep breath and asked him to come talk to me. Then I gently asked him if he had been reading his Bible lately. “It’s been boring to me lately, mom. I can’t seem to get into it.”
I told him I understood. I reminded him that God gave us His Word so we would know His love and know the way of blessing in this life. It’s in His Word we’re reminded of things like how anger damages relationships and can lead us to be foolish at times. “What if we figure out some ways to help you stay interested while you read the Bible?” I suggested. He liked that idea.
Do you ever wish there was a motivating, engaging, and age-appropriate devotional journal for kids?
We went on a search to find something that would help him stay engaged. I desperately wanted him to know that God’s Word is profitable, uplifting, and life-giving. I wanted a resource that would allow him to choose his own Bible passages, but with open-ended guidance.
But everything we found on the market was a fail. So I began creating notebook pages for him, with methods that would rotate on a daily basis. Little-by-little, we found the perfect formula. And it kept him engaged! That’s why I wanted to share it with you. I figured if our family struggled, then possibly you have too.
A quiet time journal is a must-have resource for teaching kids devotional habits.
This journal is a combination of our favorite journal pages all wrapped up into one. I love that it encourages kids to dig deep and think about the Scripture in different ways. There are 6 different page types in the journal.
Quiet Time Journal for Kids
Blessings and Favorites page–>>
First up is the blessings and favorites page. The purpose of this page is to record our blessings, jot down favorite verses, and even note some ongoing prayer needs. We really enjoy looking back to see what God did several months ago in our family.
There are 4 different study pages that rotate through the journal.
- What does this passage make me think of and want to change? | The Word give us insight into areas in our lives that do not align with God’s will and ways. This page challenges the student to think through application of the text.
- Who, What, When, How | This page encourages the student to think through key questions about author, audience, and reason behind the text they read.
- SOAP – Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer | This page leads the student to use the SOAP method as they read the text.
- Illustrate the Verse | Sometimes, when we see things visually, they stick in our minds better. This page encourages the student to illustrate a key idea from the text they read.
Each study page has different questions to encourage students to think about Scripture and dig deep into their lives. Each study page also has a place for the student to write down his or her prayer needs.