Friday, March 25, 2011

“When You Rise Up”: Faith in the Mornings Part I of Many (!)

“You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up” Deuteronomy 6:7

In keeping with a potential model in II Peter 1:5 as a basis for our how days would flow: “But also for this reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, and to your virtue, knowledge,” we started our kids’ days out with faith. This included private devotions, family devotions, read alouds, etc. through the years. Over the next couple of days I will give some ideas for this.

One of the things that I consider to have been successful in our home over the past twenty-eight years is the fact that, for the most part, we have had the same basic schedule during the first two hours of every week day, year round, our entire lives. When I say basic schedule, I am not talking about time schedules (i.e. 7:00-7:20 personal devotions; 7:20-7:45 family devotions; etc.) but rather I am describing a lifestyle of starting each day with faith and character—whether it is November, April, or July. I think we do kids a disservice (whether homeschooled or not) by allowing them to stay up until the wee hours of the night and sleep in til noon all summer. That is not real life at all—and promotes bad habits.

So, what is “faith teaching” in the morning?

It could mean, and has meant, many things for us, including, but not limited to:

1. Bible reading together

2. Praise music playing

3. Bible audios playing

4. Reading from a devotional or other book together

5. Reading from character books together

6. Each child reading his or her own devotional or Bible

7. Discussions, of course, discussions…

More on ideas for some of these later. Be sure to teach at the key times listed in Deuteronomy 6---um…all the time, that is! 

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