In our family, laying a Biblical foundation was key as we decided how to homeschool our children. Steve & I knew that a homeschool from a Christian perspective was imperative to bring our children up with Christian values.
One of our overall goals is that our kids would be Christians, walking with God that could think both Biblically and critically.
We used breakfast as a time for family devotions. This was the perfect time for us to have devotions with kids & develop critical, Biblical thinking. Breakfast may not be your time period, but that’s what we did. Let me back up a bit.
There was a time period when Steve did not think family devotions were as important as me. We both tell this story when we talk at home school conferences. I “nagged” him about leading family devotions. That is, until I heard James Dobson talk on Focus on the Family on the radio.
I can still remember the street I was driving down when I heard it. It’s about 6 blocks from the house, and I was by myself in the car. Dobson said, “If there’s something that you wished your husband would do, pray for him.” I was immediately convicted to change my tune, so I started praying.
I learned very quickly that God’s work doesn’t happen instantly. It’s not instant pudding, instant oatmeal, or microwave this. And Steve didn’t change in a week or a month or even a year.
During the time I was praying for Steve to lead family devotions. The kids and I would have our devotions after Steve left for work. I didn’t do it in his face or nag him anymore. I didn’t make a big deal out of it, even though I thought it was important.
Although I used a variety of resources during this time of leading family devotions with our kids. one of my favorites was Our Family 24 Ways, by Wholeheart Ministries.
When Steve started leading devotions, we continued to have them during breakfast. He decided to tie something I’m not used to doing (family devotions) to a daily habit. One of our habits is to eat breakfast every day. If we have devotions every day during breakfast time, then we know that we’re getting it done. Besides, Steve finishes eating quicker than any of us and has plenty of time to lead devotions while we finish our breakfast.
Steve began with Teaching Hearts, Training Minds. We also read through books of the Bible. During these family devotions we asked LOTS of questions which led our kids to critical & Biblical thinking. Family devotions should include questions so your kids begin to think for themselves.
If family devotions is new to your family, find a habit that you do every day. Start having devotions during that time. Breakfast worked for our family, but you need to choose the best time for your family. Make it a daily habit.
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Copyright Kerry Beck, 2012
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Kerry Beck encourages parents to homeschool with a Christian focus. You can get her free ebook, Everything You Want to Know About Homeschooling at http://www.HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com.