WFMW: Preschooler Devotions

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It is Works for Me Wednesday, and do you know what works for me?

That book.

I apologize for the horrible lighting. See a better photo and buy it, here.

As we get back into our routine around here, I find that one of the things I look most forward to is our family breakfast devotion time. I've written before that family dinners are hard. For my crew, breakfast is easier. We are almost always sit down together and it is the perfect forum for discussing our day ahead. That discussion starts with the day's reading about Jack, Kaitlin, Parker and Zoe - the children pictured on the front of the book. My boys know them as friends. We enjoy the questions that each reading presents. A recent one was, "Do you share your clothes and food with others?"

Big Guy responded, "Yes! I shared my orange cwocks with my brother." Ah, hand me downs.

We also appreciate the Bible verse that is cited each day. Often it provides inspiration for the adults at the table, as well as the children.

Does your family have a devotional routine? What books do you use?


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5 Responses to “WFMW: Preschooler Devotions”

  1. Ah, sweet memories of when our kids were young and we spent cozy time around all sorts of different devotional books and projects.

    Fondly,
    Glenda 

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  2. Thanks for sharing this. I think I am going to buy it. We really don't have a devotional routine but I wish we did. Was it something you mainly wanted to have happen or did both you and your husband make it a priority? It seems like it has been a hard thing for us to establish. 

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  3. Hi, Megan.  It was my idea but my husband was definitely on board.  The readings are short, only taking 2-3 minutes.  Usually I read it when we are a few bites into breakfast.  My husband likes the routine because he can easily pick it up when I am not sitting down for one reason or the other.  Sometimes we miss it,  and the boys are quick to notice, so we may read one at lunch or dinner if we forgot at breakfast.  Maybe another meal would work best for your family, or as a final bedtime story?  I'm glad you are interested in it, and I hope you can find the right way to make it work for you.

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  4. We read Forward Day By Day, which is written for adults, but my son demanded that I buy it from the pamphlet rack at church when he was 5, and we've read it every night since, for more than a year now!  I know it's "over his head" sometimes, but he always listens solemnly, and often we talk about it.  Recently there was a series of meditations written by a man who'd been in prison, and my son at first was very surprised that a "bad person" like that would be allowed to write this "how to be a good person" book; it led to an ongoing conversation about redemption and other big ideas!

    Forward Day By Day quotes a Bible verse and suggests 4 readings (the passages that are read in Episcopal services that day) so we sometimes use one of those as a starting point for reading some Bible.  On Sundays, we've heard all 4 readings in church, and then when I read the one quoted verse at bedtime, my son sometimes says, "Oh!  That's from that story Pastor Mike read us!"  I love that. :-)

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  5. Becca - My husband grew up in the Episcopal church and he still reads Forward Day By Day.  It is a wonderful publication.  How cool that your 5 year old enjoys it!  We no longer attend that church, but there was so much about it that I enjoyed - the readings, especially.  Thanks for sharing.

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