Christian Family Habits that Last
They say it takes around 4 weeks to form a habit. Try any one or all of these things listed below for 4 weeks and see how you go. You may struggle to get everyone together at the start but it’s crucial to create healthy family habits now and in the future.
“Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 11:19-20)
When you sit at home
Having breakfast together? Try placing the Bible at the centre of your table and start reading from it every morning. You can read just 1 paragraph or 1 chapter and discuss with your children. How about dinner? It’s a great time to reflect on God’s goodness in each of your lives.
When you walk along the road
Driving your children to school? Pull out a Bible trivia or quiz and ask your children questions and let them answer. Or…change it up and let them ask you the questions!
When you lie down
Do you tuck your children in for bed? Find some Bible stories to read to them and let them ask questions after. You can also pray for your children before they go to bed. Who knows, maybe they will offer to pray for you too!
When you get up
Encourage your children to develop their own devotion habits that they do on their own. Teach them how you do your devotion time and help them make it suitable for their own style.
Write them on the doorframes of your houses
Place Bible verses along your hallway, in the kitchen – anywhere you’d like! Your children can be reminded of beautiful Scripture as they walk around the house. You can also place Post-It notes on their bathroom mirror or in their lunch boxes.
These kinds of habits in your own home can remind you and your family of God’s word, promises and faithfulness – that is alive today and forever.
Habits like those listed above can create an environment where every family member feels comfortable talking about God, His word and reflect on it. It becomes easier to talk about their faith and how they are applying it in their own lives.
You never know, these habits could carry on for generations to come.
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