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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[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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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. Dottie says:

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

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