Archive | Family Devotionals

Gifts to Help Kids Reach Their Godly Potential

Gifts to Help Kids Reach Their Godly Potential - Parenting Like HannahGift giving to kids always fascinates me. There are the families who encourage their kids to ask for donations to charity instead of gifts for themselves. There are families who have a three or four gift limit. There are grandparents who shower kids in presents. There are uncles, aunts and friends who purposely seek out the most annoying gifts possible for your kids in order to amuse themselves.

My theory is that if you want your kids to reach their godly potential and become mighty men and women of God, there are special gifts you should give them. Don’t worry. Many of them are actually more fun than those plastic toys with a million pieces (although some of these are probably also plastic with a million pieces…). Yet these gifts have a secondary purpose. They are gifts that make your kids think or help them discover some of the gifts God may (or may not) have given them. Hopefully, they will point your kids towards who God created them to be.

So what are these gifts? In the list below, I have given you categories, but also a link to an example in that category to start your thinking. (I am not endorsing any particular company, brand or product including the website to which the link takes you. I merely want to give you a visual of the types of things I am suggesting.)

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5 Tips for Serving Others As a Family

5 Tips for Serving Others As a Family - Parenting Like HannahA great way to help your kids understand the biblical concepts of serving others and sharing your faith, is by serving others as a family. The concept may sound overwhelming, or even scary.

With a little preparation though, it can become a treasured family memory in addition to strengthening the faith foundations of your kids.

Of course, the easiest way to serve together as a family is to participate in service projects and/or mission trips with your congregation. You can also search through non- profit data bases to find organizations who are looking for volunteer help. Find someone to help that resonates with your family – there really are so many options.

Once your family has decided whom you want to serve, keeping these 5 tips in mind will help your kids get maximum spiritual impact from the experience.

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Fun Ways to Teach Kids Obedience

Fun Ways to Teach Kids Obedience - Parenting Like HannahLet’s face it. Obedience isn’t always fun. For kids, it often means you don’t get to do what you wanted to do because your parents has insisted you obey a command to stop. If we are really honest, teaching your kids to obey isn’t always a ton of fun either. Especially when they are young, it can seem like a constant round of saying “No” and giving out consequences to a chorus of tears and protests.

Surprisingly, there are some fun things you can do with your kids that will also reinforce obedience. If you pair the following games and activities with a Bible story, it will add more depth to the experience. Older kids especially need to start making the connection between your rules and God’s.

There are many things you can do with kids to underscore the importance of obedience, but here are a few of my favorites:

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Fun “Cooking Through the Bible” Family Devotionals

Fun "Cooking Through the Bible" Family Devotionals = Parenting Like HannahAs I work with teens and young adults, I am finding many of them don’t know how to cook the simplest of dishes. While eating out all of the time may sound fun, it gets expensive very quickly. To be able to eat frugally and in healthy ways, your kids need to learn how to follow a simple recipe. Why not have some fun with it and teach them about the Bible at the same time?

There are a lot of Bible stories connected to food. Many of the dishes are quite healthy, as junk food wasn’t really “a thing” in Bible times. Some are recipes which are similar to dishes your kids may already be eating, while others will encourage them to try new, healthy foods.

So grab an NIrV Bible, the ingredients and online recipes to have some fun, family devotionals with built in cooking lessons. Need some ideas? Here are some of my favorites (Included are links to the Bible story or Bible activity with scripture links to the NIrV, learning objectives, recipes and more.):

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4 Godly Things Your Child Can Learn From Having Good Sleep Habits

4 Godly Things Your Child Can Learn From Having Good Sleep Habits - Parenting Like HannahIf you have read many parenting blogs or books, one of the top areas of concern is how to get children to sleep well. There are a lot of reasons your kids may or may not be sleeping. Some are easily fixed, while others may require the help of your child’s pediatrician.

In general though, one important fact about your children’s sleep habits is true. You can’t force a child to fall asleep, but you can give boundaries for appropriate behavior during rest times and enforce them. I’m sure many of you are rolling your eyes at that last statement, but it’s true for all but the very youngest of children. You should be able to make and enforce reasonable rules for your children’s rest times, just like you do for other areas of their life.

Doing so may take some extra effort on your part at first – especially when they are transitioning to a new bed or bedroom. It’s really important to do so though. Your kids learn four important godly things when you make and enforce good rules for rest times.

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Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NIV)