(I wrote this as a comment on my friend's blog post, Family Faith Talks. And then as I was proof-reading my comment I realized that I'm far too long-winded to be commenting and I'd better just write it on my own post. But please read his original post to get some context on what I'm writing.)
We have been trying to read a chapter from the Bible every day since last spring (six months ago, I guess.) We're on Mark 9. We started in Matthew.
we didn't get very far. We let it slide for a while. But when we've
slumped, my husband suddenly remembers and tells the youngest to go get his Bible. (His is the most kid-friendly version to read and understand.)
kids (6, 8, 10) really do enjoy curling up on the couch and listening
to a chapter. I read since I have a better reading voice, but my hubby and
I will each interject questions about what we're reading. And what I
love most about where we are right now is that the kids are starting to
say, "We already read that story in Matthew!"
They know these
stories from Sunday School but now we actually get to talk about them
and answer questions that they may not think about in the higher-paced
Sunday School format. We love speculating about the Messianic Secret
(although they have no idea that it's called that) and looking to see
when demons were speaking vs when it was the actual person. (My
smarty-pants 8 year-old girl asked just last night if a demon was
speaking through Peter... Right before I read the part where Jesus
rebuked the demon in Peter!)
And since our worship team practice
happens a couple nights a week in our living room around our piano, we open up the worship team
binders and get the kids singing along. They may not be fully participating
in the worship the way we are, but they are seeing it being modeled in a
real way, on a regular basis and they are "practicing worship". (That's not to detract from their worship either. Only they know where their hearts are when we're singing.)
As my friend said in his post, there's no Biblical command
for daily/weekly family faith talks. I've found that it just becomes part of your
family life, whether it's a structured time or seizing on the teachable
moments. I think using the teachable moments means just as much as
those scheduled times.
How about your family? Have you been able to have structured family time to discuss faith-filled matters? Do they come and go? I'd also love to hear from more experienced parents whose children have left the nest to lead their own families.