Friday, April 1, 2011

“When You Rise Up”: Faith in the Mornings— Other Devotionals (Part V 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

We have done many types of devotionals with our kids, besides the “open up, read, and discuss” method previously described. We used to belong to a homeschool organization that provided character training materials that we read aloud together most mornings for eight or ten years (mostly with Dad before he went to work). Additionally, we have used other devotionals—some of which I will link or describe below.

One of the keys to making morning devotions work in a busy family (especially if you are doing them with Dad before he goes to work, Mom before she works, with children who go to school) is to keep it simple. There are many good materials out there that are just five to ten minute reads that can be read during breakfast, if desired. If you make the morning devotions too long and drawn out, you will likely not stick with them because there are so many things that must be done in the mornings in a very short period of time.

In the next few days, I will share links to some devotional/character types of materials we have used through the years.

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