Reading the Bible together as a family has become a daily routine. This has not always been the case. Today however, my children look forward to reading together and always ask if I have the “Study Questions.”
My children like to have their own copy of the questions and compete to answer the question before each other. It’s really exciting to see them excited to engage the Bible.
I encourage you as the leader of your home to make time to read together as a family. It will pay off.
ADVICE ON READING SCRIPTURE TOGETHER AS A FAMILY:
- Resolve to Read- after dinner and before bed time or another time that works with your family.
- Model Prayer- you pray at first and eventually ask the children if they would like to pray, if children have yet to experience prayer.
- Establish your Intentions- share with the children why you are doing this together as a family.
- Share your Expectations- share what the rules are and stick to them up front. Remember you are trying to establish a Family Routine and not just trying to check something off the list. Put the time in up front to set healthy parameters. (This can be difficult with you children, explain to them that this is a time for them to practice being quiet; like they will have to do in school, church, at weddings, or other functions.)
- Understand the Demands on Your Family, Your Marriage and the Season of Life you are in. There will be days when you or your wife may have to choose not to read together for some reason. There will be days you or wife will have to hold a screaming child, attend to a disciplinary issue, or put a baby to bed. This is ok. Try to stick to the routine.
- Spiritual Warfare. Don’t get discouraged if things aren’t perfect. Things don’t always go perfect like in a classroom setting.
- Your biggest vulnerability outside your children sitting to listen is the recognizing the demands on your wife. For most of us our wive’s are the most valuable player day in and day out within the home, often managing the household, and caring after the needs of our children. Always make sure your wife feels welcome, but don’t pressure her or place expectations on her participation, by guilting her into it. (I’ve done this in the past and it is not an example of good leadership.)
(NOTE: Quietly pray to the Lord throughout the day for your wife’s needs, your marriage, and you to be the best help mate possible to her. Ask her what you can do to help her. The best way to love our wives is to follow the example Christ left us. Unconditional, sacrificial love.)
Please enjoy the study questions, below are links for you and your family.