The question we get from a lot of moms and dads as the spread of the coronavirus dominates the news is, “What’s the best way to do family devotions, practically speaking?”
Could it be that for all the uncertainty and fear associated with this pandemic, it also presents you with an opportunity to make the most of this unanticipated extra time together?
My wife Jean and I have done devotions with our boys all their lives. Along the way, we’ve discovered that “serious” doesn’t have to mean “dull” or “boring.” Thankfully, there’s no one way for moms and dads to pass their faith on to their children.
Jean prefers formal times of Scripture reading and devotion. Her degree is in biochemistry, so it fits her personality to whip up a lesson with the creativity and skill of a schoolteacher. My boys have always responded well to that.
As for me, I’m spontaneous and loose. I chat with my boys about the Bible when we’re engaged in routine activities.
The point is, however you go about life, bring the presence of God into it.
Jonathan and Kanika Evans are with us on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Growing Closer Through Family Devotions.” Jonathan is a motivational speaker, the chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys, and the son of Dr. Tony Evans. Together, he and Kanika are the hard-working parents of four children under the age of eight. They have some great ideas that can help your family devotions become more effective and enjoyable right away.
And tune in tomorrow for a special program that will equip you to respond to the coronavirus outbreak with faith and common sense. You won’t want to miss it!