We have tried numerous things.
- Working through old Sunday School Lessons.
- Trying to memorize Philippians
- Reading through Genesis
- combining hymn study with scripture study
- reading keys for kids
It has proven to be somewhat unsustainable for us.
So it's been hard. As i want much to make this a daily part of our lives. And it bothers me. God is so important to me and my hubby and my son that it shouldn't be such a struggle. But it was. SO VERY HARD. I think it was trying to do two different things and not being able to fit it in well.
So I finally hit upon something that seems to be sustainable. We've been doing this for about a week now and my son is thoroughly enjoying it. I hit upon this as something to do as occasionally I would share with my boy about what I was reading from God's word and he was not bored with me doing so. AND sometimes he even wanted to know more so we'd go off on a rabbit train learning aboutlocusts.
I get up early and I have devotions. (good eh?) :)
But instead of keeping that time to myself, I document it. Then over breakfast (instead of reading the paper).... we talk about what I read in God's word.
We are working through the book of Mark. We take turns on who reads the scripture and then we talk about what is in the verse. Since my desktop computer has DIED (man.. that was frustrating) we use my laptop and can bring it right to the table with us (who would have known that would be such a blessing? .. the desktop dying I mean). Yesterday, knowing I share what i write with my boy, I took the time to include a map of the area to make our discussion more relevant and easy to follow for him. He spent a lot of time looking at the map and asking questions. :)
I have to admit.. I love the questions.
There is no pressure.
If I don't have time to do my devotions I'm honest about it and we just go, God will forgive us BUT if we want to know God better what do we need to do? Spend time with him and it helps us to be more faithful. God wants us to be faithful but isn't going to be so angry with us if we have a harder day.
I want to encourage this faithfulness to God in my boy, and ergo am needing to encourage it more in myself. Perhaps in time he'll take some more responsibility in this area for himself, but in the meantime I think this is a good start. What think you?
What do you do in your family?
What works best for you?
If you use a devotional, what do you use?
Do you just read God's word and talk about it?
What can I say, I'm curious about what others do in this area. :)