by Brian Haynes
Family Devotion is an important aspect of leading our families spiritually. When we first began to think about the path of legacy milestones at Kingsland, we determined that parents could lead family devotions at home and in that way intentionally teach their children truth leading them toward the next milestone. We defined family devotions as an intentional time each week where parents gathered the family for age appropriate Bible talk and prayer. We said make it fun, make it age appropriate, and protect the time. We gave the impression that this always had to happen in the family room and it had to work a certain way.
Over the years I have discovered something. Family devotions are more like snowflakes than cookies. You see a cookie is often shaped by a cookie cutter. They all look the same because they were fashioned by the same pattern…the cookie cutter. Snowflakes, however, are beautifully unique. No two are alike. The same is true of family and of family devotion. We are finding at our house family devotion has become more of an intentional faith talk. We use a walk to the park, a trip to starbucks, dinner outside in the back yard, or some other together time to intentionally speak of the faith and lead our children down the path of legacy milestones. For us, this format is working much better than the living room, just before bed on Sunday evening.
To all of you who have teenagers, or kids with special needs, or just find the living room format a little boring sometimes, feel free to move from family devotions to faith talks. If family devotion in the living room works for you, rock on! The point is, you are the leader of your family. You know your family better than anyone. Find a format that works for you. As always, we will keep providing resources, ideas, and loads of opportunities to equip you to lead your children spiritually along the path of legacy milestones. In our effort to equip the generations one home at a time, join me in a commitment. Commit to have an intentional faith talk or family devotion every week. In this way you will take one more step down the path of legacy milestones.
For more information on family devotions visit us in the Legacy Resource Center on Sunday or Wednesday or go to http://www.legacymilestones.com