Write daily devotions for my kids? I loved the idea, so personal and sweet, but the task seemed kind of daunting…
I went out and bought a couple notebooks and cute pens for my girls, anyway. And, miraculously, every day since then, I’ve been writing a simple devotional for them in the morning.
Here is my secret: I often just copy something from a devotional book we already have. I’m not sure if that’s deceptive or genius, but it’s working brilliantly for me.
Of course, sometimes I’ll share a verse I think will encourage them and I’ll write a few personal notes as well, but knowing that I don’t need to come up with the actual content day in and day out has been key for me. It helps me to be consistent and creative without getting overwhelmed in the slightest.
The fun thing is that they love it and really look forward to it. They love that they have a special message from me waiting for them every morning. This is the most consistent AND in depth we’ve been about their “God Time.” Since I can tailor it however I like, I have them write out certain verses or draw pictures. They pray daily for certain people or certain things. If they are going through a particular situation at school, I can encourage them and share what God has to say in His Word about it.
The best thing about writing my kids devotions each morning is that I have built in accountability for my own time with God. If I don’t spend time with Him, I have nothing to give them.
Friends, our children want to learn from us, to hear from us, to be with us. My kids will grow up all too soon (my 8 year old now wears shoes that fit me! Somebody stop the world.) so I am desperate to savor these years, to pour everything I am into them so that they can shine brighter than I ever will.
The best thing we can do for our children is point them to Jesus every day. He can take care of it from there…
Have you struggled like I have with helping your kids have consistent and meaningful quiet times? What suggestions do you have? Click here to leave a comment!Leave a Comment