What if you could lead your family differently? Teaching biblical values in the moment
as Deuteronomy 6:7 encourages not later lamenting another missed chance? Making
memories together rather than watching others? You can.
God desires that difference with you. Take a few suggestions, a little planning, some creativity, calendar it, and add ample prayer. Following are twelve simple ideas that can each take about an hour as part of a dedicated weekly or monthly family time.
- Hidden words. Quick: Name a few random pieces of information you know! See.
You can memorize. Now name a few biblical principles you wish your family lived
better. Find a Scripture for each principle for the whole family to memorize together.
Use games and activities to learn. Have fun. Start the new year off right by starting
with this habit. Check lifeway.com, awana.org or familylife.com for specifics on
Scripture memory and help with many suggestions to follow.
- Precious memories. Our kids love to hear our family stories. Stories of life before
them - Did Daddy really say, “my pulse might be kinda high,” when he met Mama?
Shared stories - When Mama gave you one Nutty Bar instead of “thank you” you
said, “Give me the other one!” Photos and videos up the enjoyment. Include
grandparents and others for even more fun. What a way to teach values, pass down
family history, and enjoy simple pleasures.
- Lights. Camera. Action! Where’s the popcorn? Not the movie night you expect.
This is make your own movie night. Plan. Write. Rehearse. One take or more.
Edited or raw. You might even post your video online and invite friends to view it.
Everyone in the family should play a part on camera. Be original or re-enact
something you know. Let the kids take the creative lead. Be as silly as you can.
You will be making memories that last.
- Short Circuit. This is a no electronics allowed occasion. A good, ol’ fashioned
game night. Well, maybe you can allow Operation - that buzz startles everyone to
chuckle. Cards, board games, dominoes and the like teach rules, communication,
fairness, and problem solving. Once the games begin conversation and laughter
- Junk Out. How long have you been thinking, “I need to get rid of some stuff”? This
is spring cleaning even if it’s not springtime. Make it fun. Offer prizes for: thought
that was lost; hasn’t been used in the longest time; most likely to be sold in a garage
sale; item that Sanford & Son would refuse. Clean out. Bless others with your
unneeded stuff. Enjoy working together.
- Preacherless Worship. “I couldn’t preach my way out of a paper bag.” Or, “I can’t
carry a tune in a bucket.” Those are common - except for the paper bag phrase -
refrains. Age appropriate activities and discussion to teach a biblical truth are really
what family worship is. It is not three points and a poem. Consult the websites in #1
and other resources for assistance. Prepared in just a little time, you can make a
- Kids Rule. That’s right. A role reversal night. Kids make the rules. They also make
supper. Clean up. Plan appropriate, God-honoring family activities. And get to read
their parents a bedtime story. This could be a real night to remember. Set boundaries ahead of time. Give the kids a few days to plan. You might be kind
enough to buy any food or activity items for them. And you can add that amount to
the allowance they will be paying you, right? See how much fun you will have.
- Spell love. Christ followers should spell love S-E-R-V-E or T-I-M-E or G-I-V-E. Love
is a verb. Let’s make sure our kids know that as they see it in our actions. We can
experience love alongside one another. Where can you serve together as a family?
In your hometown. On a mission trip. A nursing home. A local charity. Your church.
The family that serves together stays together.
- Hometown safari. Big game hunts, no. Active adventure, yes. My family is
blessed to live in a great family city. lincolnsafari.org, with the motto “healthy families
play outside,” is one of many reasons. It is a citywide, family friendly scavenger
hunt. In the absence of a preplanned safari where you live, you can use this idea to
create one for your family. Or share this with your local parks department. Get
outside and enjoy.
- Story time. When our kids were younger we read to them all the time. Why did we
stop? Maybe now we can have them read to us? You might read Bible stories or
appropriate fiction books. One family we know reads Christian Hero biographies
(ywampublishing.com) together every night. They learn biblical values as they see
faith in action.
- Home for the holidays. What a joy to use your home to share the Gospel during
holidays. We have been so blessed to invite neighbors and friends into our home
every holiday we can. The kids look forward to help prepare and participate,
especially since we have guests. Advent, Easter and Thanksgiving make it easy to
share the Gospel. The summer, civic holidays are great opportunities as well. Who
doesn’t like a cook-out or a block party?
- Say No. One final suggestion. Really a question. What do you have to say “no” to in order to say “yes” to suggestions like these? Good is often enemy of best. The many good things your family is involved in may prevent you from doing the great things God intends. Rely on prayer. Seek discernment to know your good from God’s best for your family. Once you know, obey.
You might try one of these out and get the family veto, “Not for us.” Or maybe you’ll get thumbs up from everyone in discovering a new monthly - even weekly - practice for your family. You won’t know until you try. What are you waiting for?
This month's article comes from my new friend Aaron Householder. In his words...
Aaron Householder loves being a Daddy and his SuperMama wife, Melanie, makes it easy. They live in Lincoln, Nebraska with their three cool kids (10, 7, 4) where Aaron pastors. High pulses and Nutty Bars are just two of the slice of life lessons you’ll enjoy at aaronhouseholder.net.