There are good habits and there are bad habits. We all want our kids and grandkids to establish good, healthy habits especially when it comes to spending time in the Word. In fact, it’s never too early to start learning how to practice daily quiet time.
Do you remember when you started having daily devotions on your own? Were you eight? Twelve? Twenty-five?
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A great place to start when thinking about helping your child or grandchild start the habit of daily time in the Word is with the “God and Me: Devotions for Girls” and the “Gotta Have God: Devotions for Boys” series. These devotionals are a fun and easy way to introduce kids to personal, daily quiet time with God. The stories are easy-to-read and the fun activities will engage your child as he or she builds a healthy habit that will last a lifetime.
These wonderful books can be purchased for boys or for girls. They are broken down into three age groups. The first is for kids age two to five. The second is for six to nine year-olds and the third is for those who are between 10 and 12. Each daily devotion includes a topic, bible verse, real-life story, prayer and an activity.
For the youngest kids, especially non-readers, mom or dad will need to help read through the stories, prayers, and to complete the activities. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend some quality time together and establish a lifelong habit of daily quiet time.
For new readers these devotionals are great practice for reading and comprehension. The stories are short and meaningful and the activities are fun and interesting. Our family started using these books when my son was just five years old. He loved the activities and it helped develop his reading comprehension in ways I never expected.
Our daughter was six and a half when she started in the books. She loved spending 15 – 20 minutes each day having devotions, just like mom. It was the beginning of a habit that now, many years later, she still practices each day.
One of the unforeseen benefits of using these books came when my kids started participating in AWANA. The idea of learning verses, doing a daily lesson, and bible study was like second nature to them because they had already been doing their own daily devotions. Whether your kids are involved in another bible program or not, these simple yet effective devotionals will add lasting blessings to your family.
I also recommend Sheila Walsh’s book for tween girls “You’re Worth It For Girls.” It’s perfect for short devotional sessions and will encourage your girl in Christ. For tween boys I recommend “The Ultimate Boy’s Book of Devotions” by Ed Strauss. He brings the Word to them in a fresh way that will encourage their walk with Christ.
I am grateful that we found this series. What better way to start the day than with an activity that encourages and edifies us all? What better way to spend our mornings than by establishing a routine that will help us throughout our lives? I am more than happy to support this kind of habit.
Are you ready to get your child started on a life long habit of daily quiet time?