How We Use "Our 24 Family Ways" Devotional

~Giveaway closed~ I bought Our 24 Family Ways last year but set it aside because I found it was too much for my little ones. Last month I picked it up again to thumb through it because it had all the values I wanted to impress upon my children and they are ripe for training. It isn't some fluffy devotional. It offers solid biblical truths and excellent character building traits. So I found ways to simplify parts of it for my younger children.

Below you will see a spread of Our Family Way 5 "We love one another, treating others with kindness, gentleness, and respect." This "way" is derived and condensed through the verses of 1 John 4:11-12. Each way is studied for five days, with stories and lessons from Scripture and questions to engage the family.

The devotional is set up with 4 categories:

  • Ask a Question
  • Read the Bible
  • Talk About It
  • Speak to God

Ask a Question: This section has a couple of questions you can open the study with. Sometimes I ask the children, sometimes I start out by answering the question, especially if I think it might be confusing for them. Sometimes I use both questions {whether asking or answering}, sometimes only one.

Read the Bible: I open the Bible and read the passage, explaining parts of it as I go. The children sometimes engage and sometimes they sit quietly and listen.

Talk About It: I use the questions in this section as a guide to talk about the verses we read. Again, sometimes I ask and sometimes I turn the questions into my own commentary, depending on what I believe my children may or may not already know or understand.

Speak To God: At the close of our devotional, I will spend a few minutes praying and use these points as a guide for what to pray.

Our 24 Family Ways comes equipped with coloring pages for the children to engage in before or after your devotion time. Laura had a wonderful idea for utilizing these during an obedience lesson for Family Way 3. She gave specific instructions on where and/or how to color parts of the picture. Can you say brilliant?

This simply gives you an idea of what is in Our 24 Family Ways. In the next post I will share how I adapted it for my children.

The one thing I want to stress when using this, or any, devotional, is to use it as a guide. Do not feel like you need to be bound to do it exactly as it's written. Get creative! Tailor it to meet the needs and creativity of your own children.

Giveaway

WholeHeart Ministries has graciously donated a copy of Our 24 Family Ways to bless one reader with. Entering is easy.

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment sharing a resource you have used or are using to help you do devotions with your children.

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Winners of Seeds Family Worship

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*Giveaway was courtesy of WholeHeart Ministries. This giveaway was not in exchange for a review, but simply a donation to bless a mom with a tool to help disciple her children. I planned on sharing this with or without the giveaway. The book was previously purchased by me. Post does contain affiliate links.