This past week a parent shared on our church’s Facebook group that her son was excited about having some alone time with God. His Sunday school teacher had shared how important it was to spend time with God each day, and she encouraged the class to spend time with God each day. I thought I would share some resources that might help you in training your child to have a quiet time.
You don’t have to run out to the Christian bookstore or look on Amazon for a kid’s devotional. All your child really needs is a Bible and some guidance from you. Devotionals are helpful, but we can teach our children to read God’s word for themselves. I have stumbled across a few helpful blogs over the years and wanted to share two of them with you.
At Knowable Word you will find some helpful information on teaching your kids how to do simple Bible study. The author of the blog is passionate about studying the Bible and teaching others to study the Bible. It’s a great blog for anyone wanting to learn more about Bible Study. Please check out his blog article on teaching your children to have a devotion. He provides some worksheets that can be printed off to help guide your child.
You may also want to check out kidsbiblereading.com. David Murray once made his kid’s Bible reading plans available free online. I used them when teaching my students how to have a quiet time. He has now made Genesis and Matthew available in book formats. My oldest son (age 9) just completed the first half of Matthew. It takes him 5-10 minutes and it does not overwhelm him. The beauty of these books is the simplicity and accountability it provides. There are also some useful parenting links on his blog.
Of course no resource or method is perfect, and we must remember that we are in a spiritual battle. Keep looking for ways to help your children grow closer to God.