Do you want to cultivate better kids devotionAl Time in your home?
We as Christian parents know that being in God's Word is vital and we know our kids' devotional time is the secret to helping our them grow in faith. But sometimes in the busyness of life, we struggle to make that happen. We forget to teach our kids how to have their own "quiet" or "devotional" time with the Lord. And sometimes even feel as if we aren't equipped to do it!
In this five part series we will walk through answers to some of the key questions that arise on the topic of kids devotional time with God. When you complete this series, my hope is that you feel inspired and equipped to help set-up and cultivate a kids devotional time to help grow their faith! Below you'll find 5 videos along with a cliff's notes summary and links to all of the resources we mention.
Whether you have toddlers or teens, you can begin today! You can teach your kids how to know God through the gift of His Word. I'm certain of it because He chose YOU to point your specific kids to Him.
Part One: Ages and Stages
One of the first questions that comes up when you talk about kids devotions is what to do at various ages. We can't expect a 4 year old to read a theology book. And sometimes our teens can have disinterest.
In this first video I begin by defining a "quiet time" or "devotional time". Then we look at the various ages and stages and what we can do to encourage kids' devotions at each part of the journey.
The three stages of kids devotionals:
- Ages 3-7 - It's time for small bites.
- Ages 8-11 - They can begin to do Bible study.
- Ages 12 and up - They're encouraged to look for opportunities to share what they're learning.
No matter which age range your kids fall into, you can start today! It's never too late.
Part Two: Set-Up for Kid's Devotions
Knowing that we want our kids to have their own time with the Lord is good. But if we don't equip them, they won't actually do it. As the parents, there are a few things we can do to help set them up for success. You might be surprised at how simple, yet crucial this is!
In this second video we look at a 5 step process for setting up for a successful kids devotional time.
5 Steps to setting up for Successful KIds Devotional Time:
- Creating Habits - Here's one great trick for beginning and keeping a new habit.
- Practical Components of a Quiet Time - "Where, when, and how will I do this?"
- Teach them "Why" we Want to Have a devotional Time
- Answer your Kids Practical Questions - Teach them what to do about distractions.
- Give them Materials - Check out what my own kids use.
Part Three: My Favorite Kids Devotional Tools
There are a lot of tools out there. But they aren't all equal in quality and effectiveness for teaching our kids about the character and love of God. In this video I share all the tools we use for kids devotions and explain how these tools help keep us on track. (We all like a good list!)
5 tools in our kids devotional toolkit:
- The Bible - The Bible has to be foundational.
- Bible Study - Look for studies that have the Bible as the focal point.
- Cards - This is something to look at, i.e. "cheat sheet."
- Journal - From simple to detailed, there are so many ways to use a journal.
- Fun Pens - Keep even the reluctant writers engaged.
- Trackers - Helping kids track progress encourages their journey.
Part Four: The Parents' Role
We know it's important for our kids to learn how to have quality time with God through His Word. We know how to set them up for success and which tools to give them. So do we release them to have kids devotionals on their own?
In this video we will explore ways in which we as parents can continue to encourage our kids as they learn how to have time in the Word.
No amount of convincing or convicting can make our kids love God. Our part is to teach and talk about God. It's God's job to change their heart.
Things to Avoid:
Here's What to Do:
- Pray for Your Kids - Ask Him to increase their desire for Him.
- Model for Them - No one is perfect! But if we're doing our quiet time, then our kids probably won't either.
- Talk about Your Quiet Time - In casual conversation, mention what God is teaching you.
- Teach about a Quiet Time - For example, teach them the GROWS formula.
- Provide the Tools
- Discuss - Ask them questions about their quiet time.
Part Five: The Family Devotion
Do you envision family devotions as a time of deep-theological discussion with picture-perfect kids who sit quietly the entire time? And does that idea totally stress you out? Then this video should be a breath of fresh air.
In this final video we look at the family devotion and how it fits in with the kids devotional time. By releasing certain unrealistic expectations, we can experience freedom as we lead our families to simply talk about God together.
How the family devotion fits in:
- Stepping Stone - for families with littles or those who haven't yet incorporated family devotions.
- Support Tool - for families who have kids that have a kids devotional time.
4 Components of a Family Devotion:
- Talk about your individual quiet time.
- Pray together.
- Sing together.
- Discuss family matters.