Are you looking for ideas for your family devotions? We asked three of the moms of Master Books to share how their families study the Bible together. In their stories, you will find Bible studies, devotionals, homeschool courses, and family discipleship resources that are working for their students who range from ages 4 through 17.
Katelyn's Family Devotion Routine
Currently, we start our school day after breakfast clean up with Developing a Heart for God. I read it, simplify language, and we discuss. My kids are 8, 9, 11, and 13.
They enjoy retelling Daddy what we learned about and often bring up examples when they apply to life. I often hear them saying, “That’s just like what we learned in our devotion!”
Kristy’s Family Devotion & Bible Study Routine
Our family often has 2 family devotion times, one with school and one with Dad in the evening. Morning devotions is how we begin our school day, gathered in the living room with our highlighters, Bible, prayer journals, and Foundations in Worship. Foundations in Worship is a homeschool Bible curriculum created to expand junior high and high school student’s understanding of God and the Gospel through the study of hymns.
We begin by singing the hymn, reading the lesson, and discussing the Scripture verses the hymn is based on. Right now, we are studying "Immortal, Invisible, God only Wise." Because of our study of the hymns, I often hear my girls singing or humming throughout the day. We really enjoyed playing an instrumental hymn playlist while we work on our schoolwork. My girls are 12, 16, and 17.
Dustie's Family Bible Study Routine
We don’t do a family-style devotion now. It is something I’ve been wanting to add back in. In the past, we used God’s Amazing Animals and Me. I loved it. It tied animals, which they love, to lessons in Scripture. It helped them to see that we can learn about God through studying His creation. Each of the kids would draw the animal and the older ones copied the verse. It was very memorable.
We have taken a different approach during this season. They’re at such different stages, both in age and in their walk with Jesus, that is has been important for us to meet them where they are.
My husband, Paul, and Isabel (14) are going through the Cultural Issues Volume 1 and Introduction to Logic. Sarah (10) and I are going through Elementary Apologetics, and we are moving to Foundations in Faith next! Ezra (6) and Hannah (4) are doing Where Faith Grows Level 1. I will likely go through it again with Hannah when she’s a bit older.
Faith Grows at Home
“Discipleship is intentional. We have a short window of opportunity to pour into our children the foundational truths of our faith.” Jessica McCullar in Where Faith Grows Level 1
Dr. George Barna commented on the results of the American Worldview Inventory 2020 that the sharp decline in adults with a biblical worldview is a dire warning sign and dramatic changes are necessary. He advised parents of the youngest generation (those born after 2002) to evaluate and take any necessary steps to shape the worldview of their children. He says his decades of worldview research indicate that worldview is established between 15 months to 13 years. (a paraphrased excerpt of Where Faith Grows Level 1, pages 4-5)
At Master Books, we ensure that you have a wide variety of Bible curriculum, Bible studies and devotionals for your family. We intentionally create our homeschool curricula to serve as discipleship tools so at every age and in every subject studied, your students are learning about God, the gospel of Jesus Christ, and what it is like to live as His child.
Which Master Books resources is your family using for family discipleship moments?