What Are Some Good Resources for Family Devotional Time? Here's a few to Have on Your Radar Screen.
As a Christian dad, one of the things I'm "about" is raising my four boys to know and love God. I can't create gospel-change in them, but I want to do what I can to cultivate a heart that responds to the gospel in them.
But (at least in my own experience) I also know how tough it is to do this. Schedules get crazy busy, and so good intentions don't pan out. When we do create time to gather for family devotions, it feels like there's always one or two kids that are creating distractions. Lightning doesn't strike often in terms of "aha moments" and profound prayer requests.
And yet we keep doing family devotions - in all of their imperfections, and not always as consistently as I'd like. But we keep at it.
And as we keep at it, I'm always on the look out for resources that can help my wife and I teach our kids the Bible and point them towards Jesus. Below I've listed some resources I've got on my radar screen that fit into this category of family devotions and discipling our kids.
Honestly, I'm more familiar with some of these than others. Some of these we used when our kids were younger, and some I'm hoping to use when they're older (but haven't yet). Others I've just recently learned about, but have heard good things about them from sources I respect. All that to say: This list is broad, and every resource won't be the best for every family. I've probably included more resources here than any one family may want. I've only got boys, so these resources may show an (unintended, but hopefully understandable) bias that way. Do a little exploring and find what's a good supporting resource for you.
I've organized these resources into the larger categories of (1) "Kid/youth friendly Bibles," (2) "Biblical and theological helps - geared towards kids," and "Miscellaneous." Click on any of the pictures or titles to be taken to an Amazon page where you can learn more about any of the books.
Bibles that are Kid or Youth Friendly
Biblical and Theological Truth - Easily Geared Towards Kids
Finally, don't forget that the biggest (and best) "resource" for helping disciple your kids is YOU: your character, your example, and you personally growing as as follower of Jesus Christ. With that in mind, know that Brookside has a kids and family ministry designed to equip parents, share God's love and truth with kids, and give families a common worship experience. Check it out at our D6 page online!
I'd love to hear how any of these resources have been helpful for you, and/or any additional family-friendly discipleship resources you'd recommend!
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