As our 2015-2016 school year came to a close, I started looking ahead for ways to improve on our homeschool experience. One of the ideas to come about was that of a daily devotion. In and of itself, that’s not really a groundbreaking idea…many families do this each day. In fact, we USED to, but it fell by the wayside due to schedules and mostly because it was either mom or dad just reading from a book.
This year is going to be different, I decided!
The new idea is to get everyone involved, and taking ownership of the devotion. Keep it short to maintain interest, and to make it do-able for the kids. Alternate days so we’re all taking turns. And, allow everyone to pick the topics and approach.
To start with, there are 4 of us, and 12 months in a year. So, we each got to pick 3 themes for 3 months. The topics our family came up with are (each family member submitted their themes, and I assigned the months):
- Aug – Leadership
- Sept – Who am I?
- Oct – Life
- Nov – Self-Discipline
- Dec – Materialism
- Jan – Kindness
- Feb – Love
- Mar – Responsibility
- Apr – Choices
- May – Appreciation
- Jun – Freedom
- Jul – Happiness
From there, I assigned days. Dad gets Mondays, Daughter (age 12) gets Tuesdays, Mom gets Wednesdays, and Son (age 10) gets Thursdays. Mom & Dad alternate Fridays. Now, these are broad topics and it’s up to each person to choose HOW to do their devotional; it could be as simple as a puppet show. Or, reading a passage or showing a video. The important thing is to share, and for the family to discuss and connect.
We are an early-rising family and our devotional time is at 6:45 am. For us, it’s a great way to get the day started, and allows for reflection throughout the day. Already the kids and I have found situations in our normal, daily life to reflect on and apply the day’s message.
I will do my best to share our daily devotionals, in the event some of you, dear readers, would like to use it for your family…or be inspired to do something similar!
©Stacy DeSmet, 2016