3 Interactive Family Devotion Ideas For Summer
“And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” Deuteronomy 11:19 (KJV)
Teaching our children good devotional practices can be a challenge in an increasingly busy world. Thankfully, God gave us a blueprint for family devotion ideas that will help us all not only learn God’s Word, but also live out the Gospel in our daily lives.
Here are four thoughts for parents looking for family devotion ideas for summer 2015:
1. Healthy Exercise
The apostle Paul often speaks of faith being like running a race and uses many references to sports. The Gospels are filled with moving from one place to another with the message of Christ. Exercise can be an excellent way to prepare both your body and mind for the mission of Christian living. This can be as simple as designing a brief exercise program with a different exercise-related verse for each work out. You can also purchase a devotional-oriented exercise video to use like ‘Praise Moves’.
2. Acts of Service
Scripture teaches that salvation comes through faith, but James tells us that faith without works is dead. One family devotion idea is take time each day to plan or do an act of service. Some examples:
- Choose a chore to do as an act of service to the family
- Pray for a group in your community that serves the needy
- Collect change or needed items for a group in your community that serves the needy and deliver them once a week
- Volunteer with an organization that serves the needy
- Visit a nursing home or hospital for a few hours each week
3. Learning to Lead
One of the greatest gifts we can give our children as parents is teaching them how to develop their own relationship with Christ, and to share that relationship with others. This family devotion idea involves assigning each day’s devotion time to one member of your family. They will need to select a Scripture that speaks to them, read it to the family, and then lead a short time of reflection and prayer. As you take turns with your children, your more mature understanding of Scripture and devotion will give them a positive example to follow. Their new eyes will give insights and joy we sometimes miss as we get older.
The world is a busy place, but it is vitally important to hide God’s Word in our heart so we can refer to it at any time. These interactive family devotion ideas will help you and your family keep growing as you keep going.