Bedtime Devotions with Kids

When our kids were small, we watched very little TV—and none in the evenings. By 7 PM the kids were fed, bathed and sitting in our bed waiting for story time and prayer.

I would read children’s devotionals and Bible stories. Sometimes I’d share something exciting I’d learned from my own Bible study. Together we read all the Chronicles of Narnia—twice. We went through the entire Family Bible Library—twice.  We read every Ethel Barrett book I could find.  Every evening in early December, I’d read the Christmas story from Luke 2.  By the time Christmas arrived the kids were reciting it with me from memory.

In addition to Bible reading and prayer, we often sang praise and worship songs to God. We also read The Sugar Creek Gang series—exciting adventures of kids who are following Jesus in their everyday lives.  We read The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

We kept this routine until our son was a freshman in high school. He told me one day he simply didn’t have time!  It was true, he didn’t. He had homework, team sports and church youth group.  Most importantly, by then he was doing his own personal devotions.

I praise God that I was able to spend those important early years molding the minds and hearts of our children. Today it blesses my heart as I watch them training up their children in the same way.


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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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11 Responses to Bedtime Devotions with Kids

  1. Tobie says:

    This sounds very familiar to my own upbringing! We were also fans of Little House and Sugar Creek Gang. Eddie and I are already starting this tradition with our little guy, but his attention span is only limited to a picture book and quick bedtime prayer.

  2. Dottie says:

    I cut my teeth on the Sugar Creek Gang and The Bobbsey Twins. You did it right!

  3. Frank King says:

    Amen, Kathleen. The greatest investment we can make in our children is to nurture them spiritually while they are young. The return on those investments are eternal.

    • Kathleen says:

      Absolutely! Proverbs 22:6 says to “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

  4. What a beautiful and eternally rewarding legacy! We have done the same with our kids, and now they too do their own devotions. My two boys, who had left to be on their own (one for about 6 years the other for one year), are now back home and to my surprise, they are still interested in us having devotions after dinner. What a blessing!

    • Kathleen says:

      Wow! That is wonderful to hear! Truly, you did the right thing with those boys when they were young. And it’s still there! Keep doing what you’re doing, Joe! God bless them–and you!

  5. I remember doing the same kind of thing with my kids too. I wouldn’t trade those quiet moments with them for anything. It’s in those times that built a strong foundation in them. Thanks for the journey through memory lane, and I hope that those with young children who read this will be reminded that they only have a short time to invest so much while they are young. thanks kathleen!

    • Kathleen says:

      I agree, Karen! I have friends who did not come to the Lord until their children were older. Unfortunately, it was more difficult for them to have the same impact as if they had been younger. Makes all the difference!

  6. Mel Thompson says:

    PROVERBS 22:6 – TRAIN a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
    After raising two girls and a boy, “training” wasn’t an easy task. And of course, Solomon knew that for he plenty of problems to deal with his own. It takes consistency in love and discipline–and as the apostle, Paul reminded me after losing my patience, “Fathers, do not irritate and provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to resentment], but rear them [tenderly] in the training and discipline and the counsel and admonition of the Lord.” It seems like your boys have gone through some training over the years, as well!

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