So for the last three months, I’ve been writing… Alot. We’ve really been trying to push to write devotions relevant to kids that there parents can guide them through. We’re hoping these would help parents begin to start a conversation on spiritual issues.
I just wanted to share a few things that I try and include in every devotional that I write.
This is always where I start. The Bible is always relevant so I try and find an issue to talk about that kids are dealing with. You can actually find a list in most Study Bibles. Issues like anger, peer pressure, trying to fit in, etc. Then I try and imagine that issue in our context and write based on that.
This is difficult but I always try and push the family, kid or even parent to an action. We can’t just be hearers, we must do. Application is key in these devotions because they give kids something tangible to do.
3) Promote Discussion
Does that mean that I have questions at the end of each devotion? No. But it does mean that you should find something that will cause discussion. Maybe ask them to think about a funny story or their favorite color, anything to get parents to have a conversation with their child. Let’s start with that and then move them to the Spiritual.
Getting them to pray together. It’s profound having a conversation with God together as a family. It really is cool to see everyone being honest and I hope that the families that use these devotions would get to experience that. I try to give them a guide, also trying to promote discussion, even if it’s just in their heart.