I don’t often talk about what we’re doing for devotional studies or family Bible study. For us, family Bible study is just a part of our family culture and not necessarily a part of our homeschool day. (And lest you think we’re perfect… ) We aim to have Bible study twice a week but we often fall short of that goal with our busy days. During the summer I think we only had family Bible study twice. We’re a work in progress, I tell ya.
Creating a Daily Devotional Routine
I’ve always had personal Bible reading on TJ’s daily routine chart and we are continuing that this year. It’s a growing and changing process, growing and changing right along with her! When she was small I read aloud to her from a picture Bible. After she started to read she began by reading her own Beginner’s Bible and then moved to The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories. This year she’ll transition to reading a chapter from a ‘real’ Bible each morning.
My goal is to create a daily habit of spending those first few moments of the day with our Bibles and prayer so that, as TJ gets older, it’s just a natural part of her day.
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Through the years we’ve collected some resources that we’ve enjoyed using. Some we used for a season, others we are still using.
Favorite Bible & Faith Resources:
- The Beginner’s Bible – a perfect Bible for beginning readers
- The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories – a very nice next-step Bible for young readers
- Leading Little Ones to God – a great resource for teaching a variety of doctrinal issues to little children
- Devotions for the Children’s Hour – another great doctrine book for children
- Virtue Training Bible – I LOVE this Bible. It has been a wonderful addition to our morning devotional time.
- Children’s Ministry Resource Edition Bible – this is the Bible I used to create our Virtue Training Bible so it does double duty as a great study Bible and virtue study.
- Bible Study Guide for All Ages – this is our family Bible study resource.
- Bible Book Summary Cards (from Bible Study Guide for All Ages) – I use these cards with my Sunday School class. They are a wonderful tool for teaching kids the basic points from each book of the Bible.
- The Victor Journey through the Bible – a lovely resource for bringing Bible times to life.
- Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids – another good resource with lots of great pictures.
Those are the resources that have become family favorites for us. This year we’ll be using Philippians in 28 Weeks which looks like it’s going to make it onto our list of favorites as well.
Check out more of our favorites in these posts:
What books and resources do you use for your family Bible study?
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