There’s no doubt – it’s important to have a weekly or even daily family devotion time. God loves it when we spend time with Him as a family.
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” – Joshua 24:15
Now you may be wondering, “where do I start?” or “how do I keep devotions interesting?” That’s completely fine! Here are some creative and interesting ways to keep your family devotionals fun and engaging.
1. Watch a faith-related movie
Grab the popcorn, sit on the couch and watch an inspiring faith-based movie. After the movie finishes, spend some time to collect each other’s thoughts and what they’ve learnt from the movie. Here are some suggestions for Christian movies with links to their trailers:
2. Focus on the Wisdom from Proverbs
Proverbs contains timeless wisdom that everyone can learn from. There are 31 chapters so you can read 1 chapter per day. Soak in the meanings, re-read the proverbs and try to discuss how it can be practically applied.
3. Learn about various charities
Discuss different topics of interest and see what local charities are doing. You pick from several needs like hunger, poverty or persecuted Christians. You can commit to make a donation as a family and/or consider how you can help one. Here are a few charities to start of the conversation:
- Compassion: Release a child from poverty
- Thankyou: Life-changing products to help end global poverty
- Open Doors: Serving persecuted Christians worldwide
4. Memorise Bible verses together
Choose Bible verses at the start of the week and ask each family member to write them down on a small piece of paper. Ask everyone to read, understand and memorise the verse. Quiz each other throughout the week.
5. Discuss what you learned at church
Try to do this on Sunday nights or on a Monday so it’s still fresh in everyone’s mind. Ask each other what they have learnt and how it can be applied in their lives. Pray for each other for the week to come.
6. Write letters to God
Sit together at the table with pens and paper ready to write letters. These letters will be addressed to God and take about 10 minutes to write. Your family can pick a topic to write about or just write about what’s in their heart at that time. Afterwards, share the letters with each other and discuss.
P.S. There’s also a movie about writing letters to God. Click here for the trailer.
7. Read the Bible according to different subjects
Create a file/notebook of scriptures and put them under appropriate headings. For example, Proverbs teaches a lot on topics i.e diligence, understanding, knowledge, honesty, etc. Whenever you have family devotions, bring out the file/notebook and pick a heading. Read the verses, share and discuss each other’s interpretation.
8. Learn about needs in countries around the world
Pick a country and research the top 3 needs in that country. You can spend time talking about the history and what’s currently happening in these countries. Then you can pray together for these people and their country.
9. Act out a Bible story
Make a game out of it. Split the family into teams and play charades acting out different Bible stories. You can choose different stories such as David and Goliath or Moses parting the Red Sea.