Finding the “best” time for Family Devotions

In our small survey you shared that you struggle with establishing a regular time and place for family devotions.  Karen and I wrestled too.  When our two sons were little guys we found that bedtime worked the best for us for three reasons:  First, we were all usually home at bedtime, (I did teach some night courses that interfered sometimes).  Second, it was a pre-determined time during the school week; it was regular.  And third, they shared a room … so that made it easy.

As our boys got older and our bed times began to vary, we re-adjusted our time to the breakfast table.  Again … we were all usually home … we all had to eat … and we all ate at the kitchen table.  We just needed to co-ordinate the best time before we left of the bus or work.  It required an earlier rise and shine … but we wanted to make it a priority.  It proved to be a great place to pull out the devotional book and pray together before the day.

The Israelites of Moses’ day, in an attempt to Keep their kids from Canaan, and obey Deuteronomy 6,  would have a prayer time with their kids first thing in the morning and before heading to bed, using verse 4 as the centerpiece of this time:

 “Hear O Israel the LORD, our God, the LORD is one.  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all of your might … and you shall teach them diligently to your children …”

There are no “right” or “wrong” times to make this happen.  The key is to find and set aside a regular time and place for you all to meet together as a family to spend some time interacting with God’s Word … and Him more days of the week than not.

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