Switching It Up; Family Devotions at the Prentice House
I recently became quite frustrated with our lack of a consistent and disciplined routine, especially in the morning. It seemed we were not finding time in the evening to have a family Bible time and the mornings were filled with the distraction of Curious George and whatever Luke’s selection might be. I told our family that starting this week there would be no more TV in the morning. That announcement was met with some resistance, but sometimes a parent has got to be a parent and not just a friend.
So here’s what our family has just started doing:
- No TV in the morning. It has been surprisingly peaceful and it makes it easier for all of us to listen and focus.
- At around 7:30 we will have a time of Catechism. Catechism simply means to instruct in an orderly manner using questions and the Bible to answer those questions. Here is the one we have started using. Baptist Catechism. We will answer one question per week, reading one scripture per day. There are 118 questions so there is plenty of material. You can download for free the Catechism here.
- I also plan on alternating each day some personal time with the boys going over AWANA verses and praying for them. This I want to do before our family time.
This time does not need to be very long. I think keeping it short is the best strategy. But one thing it must be; it must be consistent and we must have a plan to do it.
The other point I would make is that the responsibility falls to the parents and especially the father to be disciplined in making it happen. We need to go to bed on time and get out of bed on time. We parents, and especially the man, have to be the pace-setters and have our stuff done so we can prompt the children. If a family devotional time isn’t happening in the house, it’s nobodies fault but the fault of the parent. We can’t blame tiredness or busyness because that’s always going to be there. This is too important of a responsibility to put on the back-burner.
My fresh realization of my responsibility is what recently prodded us to make a change. I hope it prods you to start, or do whatever you need to do to do something consistently in your house that teaches in an orderly manner the truth of God’s precious and life-giving word.