Are Family Devotionals Really Necessary?

Are Family Devotionals Really Necessary? - Parenting Like HannahChristian parents often feel overwhelmed. They are already expected to parent in ways that run counter to the culture in which they are raising their kids. They feel an urgency about teaching their children about God and helping them build strong spiritual foundations. Then they read a blog or hear a speaker talk about the importance of daily family devotionals.

Many of you are probably wondering, are family devotionals really necessary? After all, many of you are living a Christian life style and grew up in homes that never had a family devotional. With school and all of the activities your children have, there’s barely time to eat. Your kids fall in bed exhausted after doing homework way past a healthy bed time. How are you supposed to fit in a family devotional?

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Here Comes the Sun – Free, Fun, Flexible Family Devotionals

Here Comes the Sun - Free, Fun, Flexible Family Devotionals - Parenting Like HannahThe sun is powerful. Step outside in the desert during the summer and the sun’s power is obvious. Yet, God is so powerful, He can not only control the sun, He created it!

The sun is mentioned quite a bit in the Bible. You can have fun with your kids learning about the sun’s power while teaching them something God wants them to know.

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What’s In That Basket? – Free, Fun, Flexible Family Devotional

What's In That Basket? - Free, Fun, Flexible Family Devotional - Parenting Like HannahBaskets play a roll in several interesting Bible stories. You can have a fun family devotional using things you probably have around your house. The devotional is flexible, because you choose which Bible story and application principles you want to teach your kids.

So, let’s get started!

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Using Every Day Objects to Teach Kids About God

Using Every Day Objects to Teach Kids About God - Parenting Like HannahOften parents will tell me they don’t have family devotionals because they aren’t really sure what to do. They either feel like they don’t have enough Bible knowledge to do it “right” or that they aren’t creative enough to keep their kids engaged.

It’s important to remember your kids are starting with zero knowledge of God, Jesus or the Bible. No one is born knowing those things. When they are young, anything you teach them that you have learned is new important information to them. As they become older, they do start asking more questions. You don’t have to have all of the answers. Your minister, Bible class teachers, mature Christians and at times – even the internet -can help you find the answers.

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Is That Sand In Your Shoe? – Free, Fun, Flexible Family Devotional

Is That Sand In Your Shoe? - Free, Fun, Flexible Family Devotional - Parenting Like HannahIt’s time for another free, fun, flexible family devotional. Sand is everywhere in the Bible. All of the wilderness mentioned in the Bible was basically a desert environment. Those stories that occurred in sandy environments can also teach your kids something God wants them to learn.

As usual, we provide three possible Bible stories and their applications. You can choose which one you think your kids use the most. If you don’t live near a desert or beach, you can still find sand at playgrounds, your local craft or home improvement store and possibly even in your yard.

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