Listen to our seasonal playlist for songs you can sing with your family.
FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP RHYTHM
Blessing prayers are prayers in which we ask God to be present in someone’s life. Pray a blessing prayer over each of your children every night as you put them to bed. A good example is found in Numbers 6:24-26, “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Amen.
PRACTICE – WORSHIP
Deuteronomy 6:4-9. This activity is designed to help you as parents understand your role in family discipleship. Read through this passage of scripture. What is the first command that Moses gives? Who must first love God? What follows that command? Write down the four times Moses instructs the children of Israel to discuss their faith with their children. Brainstorm ideas for discussing your faith with your children during each of those times.
Sit in Your House. Study after study has shown the importance of dinner time in the life of a family. From increasing vocabulary to lower rates of drug use, the benefits of dinner time are expansive. It is an excellent opportunity to discuss the core beliefs and values your family holds. You can also discuss your highs and lows from the day, and you can talk about how you saw God work in your life or what God taught you that day.
Walk Along the Way. Many of us spend large amounts of time in the car. You can use this time to prepare your kids’ hearts and minds for wherever you are going. If you are headed to a sporting event, encourage them to ask God to help them display the Fruit of the Spirit as they play. If you are driving to school, ask God to help them be a light to the kids in their class that day. Also, you can download some episodes of “Adventures in Odyssey” from Focus on the Family. These radio dramas provide great topics for conversation, and they are fun to listen to!
When You Lie Down. As kids are settling down for bed, often their hearts are more tender than at other times of the day. Bedtime is a great opportunity for you to ask how you can pray for them. You may need to be prepared with some pointed questions, such as, “Has anything difficult happened at school lately?” or “What is one thing you are worried about?” Use this time to draw close to them and assure them you are here to help them in life. This is not the time to instruct them but a time to connect with their heart.
When You Rise. In the morning, things can become hectic as we work to get everyone ready for the day. You can redeem this time by memorizing a verse together. Have each person take a turn at saying the memory verse. You can also have calm worship music playing to help focus your hearts and minds on God. Before you rush out the door to get in the car, have everyone gather by the front door and ask God to bless the day ahead.
MOMENTS & MEMORIES
Root Beer Float Day. Celebrating random holidays can be a fun family tradition. August 6 is National Root Beer Float Day. Celebrate with your family by making root beer floats after dinner. You could even go to the dollar store and buy fun glasses or silly straws to help you enjoy your floats!
Visit the Amazeum. Take your family to the Amazeum Children’s Museum in Bentonville. Most Wednesdays are “Priceless Nights” where guests can attend for free or a small donation.
thefamilydinnerproject.org – Family dinner games and discussion questions
Exploring Grace Together: 40 Devotionals for the Family by Jessica Thompson
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