My times with God are so precious to me. I crave that alone time with God everyday. I try to have my times alone with God every morning before the kids wake up which you can read about here. Sometimes this doesn’t happen because of different reasons, so rather than neglect my time with Him for that day and try to take on the day in my own strength, I have to find another time during the day to spend time with Jesus. Usually this means my kids are around, sometimes I get them busy doing something so I can have focussed alone time with God but sometimes it doesn’t matter how exciting the activity is that I set up for them, they only want to be with Mummy. Plus I love that if they are involved with me in time with God I am training them in the ways they should go, as well as having quality time with my children.
So I have some ideas here of how to involve your children of any age into your times with God. These are activities that I have done with my own children (7 and 4 yrs old) they were successful and everyone had fun. So here are 5 ways you can include your children in your time with God.
1.Read your Bible to your children out loud and then ask them questions. You can read whatever scriptures you are up to in your reading plan, children can understand way more than we give them credit for. I have found when reading to them from my Bible that they ask some great questions, and also begin to see how stories in the Bible fit together. For example, I have read them a Psalm and then explained that this was written after Nathan had come to David, and they were so interested and asking questions, which lead to reading the story of David and Nathan.
” So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11
Which basically means that when we read the Bible it is never going to be a waste of time. Read it and ask them questions and it will be an awesome Bible study for you, I bet you learn something new!!
2. Drawing what they hear. Give them paper and colouring pencils and other fun creative tools and get them to create a picture from either what you have read or read while they draw. You can do a family picture and write a corresponding verse and put it up for the week to memorise it.
3. Put on Worship music and have a Praise Party right there in your living room! This one is so much fun, just put on some of your favourite worship and praise music and worship God with your kids!! You can dance, sing, whatever you like, teach them the true meaning of worship and I bet you will be taught a little but about being free in worship!!
4. Creative Journaling – Painting and Colouring in the Bible. If you like doing Bible journaling and painting and drawing in your Bible, your children can definitely join in there. You can either give them a blank piece of paper to draw on, or make a copy of a Bible page that they can paint on just like you. Or you could let them do it in your Bible, and really enjoy the moment and remember its about the time spent with God not the outcome of the artwork.
5. Pray for the World – Find a world globe or an Atlas and pick a country to pray over with your children. You can get information on the country either just looking it up, or try the Pray Today app, or even the Operation World book.Pray for the children in these countries, or pray for the churches there. My children really love this one, they really love learning about different countries and cultures. This is also a great activity because you can start to teach Biblical worldview and differences in cultures and beliefs to your children.
There you have it, my 5 ways of including and involving your children in your times with the Lord. Remember that you are your children’s first view of God and that your children are your mission field. So what an awesome way of introducing them to Jesus and the reality of having a relationship with Him!
This is by no means an exhaustive list, these are just a few I have come up with. I would love to hear if you have any other ideas, or ways you have involved your children in your time with the Lord.