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Thursday, January 5, 2012

lights out. goodnight

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Dueteronomy 6:6,7---we must teach our children God's Word.

{This is the way we do this. it is not the "perfect method" for everyone. not what every family must do. Just what we do. and I pray it can be a blessing and an inspiration to someone seeking for a place to start.} 

Our family's evening devotion time centers around preparing for bed. The older 2 can get their pjs on by themselves. though I do have to check to see if they picked up after themselves. They are often silly during this time and I love to hear their conversations. so serious. so pretend grown-up. except Mikalah. she loves to ROAR. and be 3.

We have our set time that we start. with the goal of them being in bed by 8:30. We have two different routines. one for evenings we have been at church and one for all the other evenings. As a family, we do our best to not schedule our time to be out late on nights that are not church simply because our children are still young and need the stability of a set bedtime. I am so thankful we are able to do this.

Our non-church night devotions begin with each of us saying something we are thankful for and then read a story with a Biblical principle and a Bible verse. During this last month [December] we simply read our Advent verses each evening instead of our story. Then we work on a Bible verse for memorization. We end with our quiet song [God Is So Good] and then have prayer. 

On church nights we skip the story and memory verse. We talk about one thing to be thankful for as a family. then our song and prayer.

After prayer, everyone kisses Daddy [and the baby-man], and Mommy trails them off to bed. covers and kisses. lights out. 


**family notes
Not every night is smooth sailing! Sometimes there has to be a reprimand for wiggling. or a potty stop. or... something. but we have been doing this as a family for 4 years now. and since they know nothing different, this is normal bedtime routine and they really do very well.

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  1. just a thought...if I receive a few comments with ideas and thoughts from my lovely guests I will do a 24-hour-link-up with my next "tips" post...
    Praying for YOU today!

  2. Great post!! I love our family devos! So much better than the ones I remember as a kid. {Is that a bad thing to say??} We keep it plain and simple and NEVER allow it to become a lecture time for all the bad things that were done that day!

    We just work our way through - proverbs right now. SO much fun and I love to hear the questions the kids ask. I'm always amazed with their questions! I'm so thankful for a husband that teaches them simply and makes it fun too!

  3. For our family devotions - which have right before bedtime - we read a chapter from the Bible. Right now, we're studying the three epistles of John. The kids love it!


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