5 Fantastic Devotionals that Help Create Forever Family Connections
(Inside: Best family devotionals that will help your loved ones grow in faith and connect as a family. Five ideas that your family will love.)
You know you’ve dreamed this too…ever since the day we decided we wanted to have children, we all looked forward to it…
Our. Awesome. Parenting. Skills.
However, once that sweet baby was placed in our arms we melted apart like putty, then molded back into a completely different shape, forever changed. Starting our parenting journey unlocks a scary realization: our best parenting days are behind us – before we had kids. That’s when we had all the parenting advice for everyone else because easy-peezy common sense sherlock.
But we forge ahead because we love these humans so there is no other direction.
A top parenting desire: family devotionals
One of the things, I’ve always aspired to do is hold epic family devotionals. Oh, I had visions: Loved ones gathered ’round. All ears open. Hearts ready. Sunshine spotlighting down from the heavens. And the Holy Spirit.
But, I’ve found this hard to do. Truthfully. I know that you make time for what’s important to you and blah, blah, blah… And…I even have a degree in education. Eh-hem. A master’s degree. Just busyness mixed with life has left me grasping for consistency and depth in this area.
Until this year.
Something clicked. I don’t even know what, for sure. We’re still crazy busy, but we manage to come together about three nights a week to check-in. And I mean really check-in. Like ask questions about school, our mental state, and then read something that helps deepen our faith.
This is working better now, partly because my kids are older. But also, we’ve found some intriguing books and Bible studies that promote conversation and growth. I’m excited to share with you what’s in the cooker for our family.
Before I go on, I must say this because it’s beating so loudly in my heart I won’t be able to hit publish without getting it out: you are still a good mom if you don’t ever do one family devotional. The end.
There isn’t a perfect formula and one path only to teach your kids faith.
As moms, we teach our kids the things that pulse in our inner being, and for me, that’s a deep longing to connect over traditional family devotionals. I am moved through Bible study, so wanted to share this method of deepening faith with my sons. But also, I hope this designated family time gives my kids a safe place to share what’s bothering them, me a chance to better get to know my kids, and helps us all create a strong intertwining family bond.
Some days our family time is great and sometimes everyone’s cranky. Whatever. As a mom, I’m better learning to throw grace-on-ourselves-and-loved-ones around like confetti, not over-analyze and simply move forward.
Best Family Devotionals
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100 Days to Brave (Annie F. Downs)
Best. Devotional. Ever.
We read one page a day. Annie gives a verse, a short story, and a takeaway. This has opened up deep conversations in our family around courage, school, friends and life. I highly recommend it. It is perfect for when life is crazy busy. It’s short, inspirational and each day ends with a dicussion question for families to connect over.
Top 20 Teens: Discovering the Best-Kept Thinking, Learning & Communicating Secrets of Successful Teenagers (Bernabei, Cody, Cole, Cole, Sweeney)
I did the Top 20 training as continuing education through the high school where I teach. As I listened, I felt intrinsically motivated to aim high, work hard, embrace kindness and be a better person. I love how this book communicates to young people. It’s fantastic. No, it’s not the Bible, but much of the principles are what they teach in Sunday school, so we loved it.We read one short chapter at a time and discussed questions listed at the end.
Gideon – Your Weakness, God’s Strength (Priscilla Shirer)
Priscilla’s studies are always rich in learning about scripture, history, and application. I loved this study. It’s about turning weakness into strength and watching God move through the hard parts of your lives. I did this by myself after a particularly difficult season – it’s in the que to do again with my family.
Book of Matthew – The Words and Stories of Jesus
Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story (Angie Smith)
A friend recommended this to me. It gives an overview of the Bible with life applications. It’s more intense and time consuming than some of the devotions listed above, but I liked doing this with my kids. It gave a solid overview of the Bible and our salvation story through Christ.
There is also a teen edition, though my sister has done them both and doesn’t think there is a huge difference. That’s why we did the adult version as a family.
What Bible studies are your family loving? Or how do you grow faith and/or create family connect that isn’t in a study or book? I’d love to know. Email me or share in the comments.
Be encouraged by the full “raise kids of faith” series.
Over the years, as my kids have grown and their seasons have changed, I find myself going back to this one prayer, “Dear Jesus, please let my kids desire to have a relationship with you and follow you.” If as they journey through life, they consistently go back to their Creator for comfort and guidance, it’s all going to be okay.
So, as a mom, I strive to (in my imperfect way), teach my boys faith.
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.
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