Devotions at Home—Part 1
By: Joe Willmann
Families young and old are challenged daily with developing and maintaining a strong devotional life at home. There are a lot of things that may contribute to this issue:
- A perceived lack of time
- A feeling that they don’t understand faith well enough, so how can they lead devotions
- A lack of devotion life when the parents grew up
- Little understanding of where to find resources to help them
- They don’t feel like they are good at teaching and don’t want to “mess it up”
I’m sure there are several more reasons why we are leery of having an organized devotional life. Over the next several posts, I’d like to offer up some helpful ideas in teaching the faith at home through your family’s devotional life together, and offer up some resources that you probably already have in your home, and if you don’t, I would encourage you to get!
This post can extend even beyond the home. The tips and resources I am going to talk about can extend to your Bible study, your committee meetings at church, and in your day school classroom.
We are in this together!
I’m in this with you! I’m 31 and my wife and I have a little three-year-old daughter at home. We worry every day about making sure we live up to our vocations as Father, Mother, Husband, and Wife. We want to make sure that we teach the faith, handed down by the saints, to her. We both have education degrees and still worry about this. It isn’t just a fear reserved for people who aren’t teachers in their daily vocations.
Knowing what we don’t know.
One of the biggest challenges for families in our church is a lack of knowledge about the resources available to them. So many times, we view a devotional life as something that we pull together ourselves. What so many people don’t know are all of the wonderful resources that they may already have available to them that are already set up to lead devotions in their homes.
As we come to the next post, we will take a look at a resource you may have never thought to use in the home but probably have floating around: the hymnal.
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