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How to Do Family Devotionals With a Toddler (And Why It’s So Important)

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Several years ago we decided to start having family devotionals. Now, it’s not always been easy with little ones, but now with a toddler, some nights it almost seems impossible. Last night Witten was trying to climb on the coffee table, Thomas was getting on to him, and Olivia was trying to read. Every now and then, she’d pause, and I’d have to tell her to just keep reading. We were a hot mess! So, I’ve compiled a list of some ways to successfully get through family devotions even with your tiny human.

1. Just Do It – There’s no better advice than Nike’s slogan “Just Do It” when it comes to family devotions. You have to just decide to do them. Even when Witten is being wild and loud, we have to just decide to go ahead.

2. Have a Plan – You have to know what you’re going to do. We buy the girls devotional books, and that’s what we use every night. The girls love these. Lifeway has some great resources you can check out either in store or online. Check out their website at http://www.lifeway.com. Also, both of the girls pray, and then either Thomas or me pray.

3. Stick to Your Guns – Life is messy, and some nights are just hard. Trust me, I know, and some days I fail miserably. But I also know how important it is for our family and for our children. Even on the long, hard days, I have to remind myself.

4. Get Back Up If You Fail – If your family, gets off track, just pick it up again. It’s going to happy, and it’s ok. Just don’t completely fall off of the bandwagon. It will be so worth it.

Our family devotions are messy, wild, and loud, but they’re real. They’re a time for ya to teach our children the true love of Jesus. It’s a time for us to teach them the power of the almighty God we serve. Find what works for your family.

What does your family do to make devotions work?

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