As ministers to children, we’re in the Word (or should be) a bunch. But I’m sure you’ve heard the warnings about making sure that you’re in the Word for yourself – not just about what you’re teaching…it’s easy not to be and feel like you are.
The same is true for our families. Our children are in our classes, often taught by us. In addition to church nights we also have our children’s outside activities. Like the rest of the families in our ministry, we’re busy…but we also tend to think we’re spiritually healthy.
One of the ways that we solved this was to add our families devotion time to an already existing family activity.
About a year ago we started having a family game night playing games like Ticket to Ride, Carcassone, Dominion, or Catan. We have a pretty extensive collection and each week a different family member would pick the game. We’d set up, play, then it would be over.
I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me earlier to simply add the devotion time at the beginning or the end of the evening – but it has enhanced our evening together and helped “destress” our lives by combining activities.
It’s no the gaming that matters. If your family is already doing something together, consider adding a devotional component to it.