Family Worship…

A new year is here and many are renewing their commitment to practice family worship.

This post will not be a “How To”.  I will simple give you a few recommendations that my husband and I have found very helpful. 

1. Do not nag your husband.  Let him take the lead and be as flexible as you can to accommodate his schedule.

2.Make certain your expectations are reasonable.  Whether a single mother or married, if you don’t keep it simple, you won’t keep consistent.

3. Remember worship is a lifestyle.  The gospel affects all aspects of our lives;eating, sleeping, ministry, work, play,discipline-everything!  If that isn’t clear to our children in everyday talk-life; a specific time of family worship falls terribly short because it will seem hollow.


Psalm 78:

1 My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
3 things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
5 He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors
to teach their children,
6 so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.
7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
8 They would not be like their ancestors— a stubborn and rebellious generation,
whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.

Deuteronomy 6:

4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.

If you are wondering what we are doing and what we have done, right now we generally bless the children using the blessing cards from Children Desiring God.

And, we pray with them and have them pray. A major part of how we worship as a family is cultivating thankfulness in our own hearts and the hearts of our children. We spend as much time as we can when praying, asking them how God is working and what He has done that we can thank Him for, and telling them what we are thanking Him for.  This leads us naturally into worship whatever time, place, or season we are in as a family. No matter what we are using and what we are going through at the time, thankfulness is the theme.  It is simple, takes little time, and provokes thoughts, talks and prayer other times.

When thinking about family worship, take advantage of holiday seasons.  Christmas and Easter are a great time to reflect and there are a great many resources to lead you and your family to God-centered thinking. Take advantage of questions arise from sermons and Sunday School lessons, so much of what we have done and the best discussions with our older children have stemmed from that. Just asking younger children about Sunday School lessons throughout the week can bring you to a time of instruction and  family worship.

Here are some other things we have used and will be using again, Lord willing.  We highly recommend all of these if you are looking for some suggestions:

My First Book of Questions and Answers

Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God

Other than this, we have simply read through the Bible with them.  At times we have simply picked a book of the Bible to read through with them.

May God bless you this coming year!
Rick and Jasmine Aldrich

Comments

  1. Shelly Smith says:

    The Resource Center has two copies each of the Jesus Storybook Bible and Big Truths for Little Kids available to be checked out. They will be on display this Sunday 1/16 for anyone who may be interested.

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