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7 ways to create a culture of family worship in your home

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The collective temperament around our family’s dinner table that night was one of deflated defeat. . My husband was recovering from a mess at the office and I was exhausted from teaching all day. No one talked much as we ate.

And my youngest son, who was 6 at the time, excused himself and ran into the living room. I wondered what she was doing, but she was too tired to find out. She hurried back to the table and delivered her husband her Bible and reading glasses. She knew it was time to read God’s word in her family.

I looked up at my husband. His eyes tiredly stared at the Bible and then at my daughter. I knew he wanted to skip reading that night. Yet when my daughter landed on my lap during family prayer time, warmth spread over me. She knew that God’s Word is part of our daily lives. It’s our family identity.

we are worshipers

My daughter knew that God’s Word is part of our daily lives. It’s our family identity.

Identity is more than just belongs to you that isIn a dark society that targets the hearts and minds of children, our role as parents is to anchor them firmly in the Light of Christ. We must boldly fight for truth by teaching children that their identity is in Christ and His Word, not in themselves. . One way to do this is through family worship cultures.

This is how we live at home. It is an identity that recognizes the Word of God as the sole authority, makes its study and discussion central to everyday family life, and cultivates an attitude of worship in family activities (Deuteronomy 6:6–7). That includes creating spaces where Christ is always in our conversations. We know we cannot save our children, but we can immerse them in the Word in which the Holy Spirit can awaken faith (Romans 10:17). It is our prayer that through this daily diligence and God’s merciful grace, our children will be captivated by the love of Christ and will be united with Him.

7 tips for creating culture

1. Pray.

First, pray that the Lord will mercifully open the hearts and minds of your children. So that we may see the hope that God has called in his children, the riches of His glorious heritage, and the power at work in them (Ephesians 1:18-). 19).

2. Use the language of your identity.

to your son or daughterYou are I am a child of the contract. we covenant family. ” Give evidence in your conversation that your family is being studied by serious. Choose words of affirmation and remind them that God welcomes them into His Kingdom and loves them immeasurably.

3. Prioritize time.

Set a meeting time for family worship and stick to it. By the non-negotiable time you give God, show your children that God is first in your home. We will keep this promise steadfastly.

4. Protect your space.

Make the atmosphere at home welcoming and inviting during family worship. Choose sights, smells, sounds and tastes that bring you safety and warmth. Read the Bible at your table while you enjoy a delicious dinner or hot chocolate. Gather on the couch with your children snuggling up next to you. Smile—a lot! Show your children that time with Heavenly Father can be tangible and comforting.

5. Offer a feast.

Interesting alt text. Rotate your reading between the Old and New Testaments or work your way through the Bible story. Choose a hymn or catechism to study or practice your biblical memory. Show your kids that they are God by providing delicious Bible choices.Words are vast and endlessly fun.

6. Invite a conversation.

Take time to involve each child individually.DonDon’t be afraid to ask them questions, even if you don’tI don’t know the answer. Show children how to find answers through concordances, annotations, biblical translations, or godly counsel. The goal is to help children learn God’s Word every day and learn to believe that God is at the bottom of everything.Words are their life.

7. Be an example of joy and obedience.

Make every effort in your life to study the Bible personally. Be happy to share with them what God teaches in his Word, and praise them for their modest attempts at personal study.

wait for the harvest

Developing a family worship culture is difficult. Obstacles will inevitably arise. Tight schedules prevent cohesion. Even if you find time, there are days when your child can’t sit still or your toddler won’t stop crying. Children with bad attitudes, tired parents, or Bible texts that are difficult to understand.

Despite these frustrations, rewards are incredibly important, even if invisible. You are welcoming your children into identification with Christ. They belong to God and your family, and you live the truth that your family is a God-fearing, Bible-believing, Bible-searching family.

Despite these frustrations, rewards are incredibly important, even if invisible.

God promises that His Word will not become invalid (Isaiah 55:11). As we strive to be faithful, we rely on God and trust His grace to finish the good works of our children.

May we be a family that deliberately creates an atmosphere in which our identity in Christ can be lived through every day. May we be families that boldly fight for the truth by instilling the truth deep into the hearts of our children at every meal, teaching them where they belong and who they belong to.