As Christian parents, we have the desire to get our family in God’s Word together daily… but how do we do this? I’ve got you covered. 😉
Here is family Bible time simplified – 6 easy steps to create family bible time every day!!
Why You Need Daily Family Bible Time
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God speaks to us in so many different ways… one of those being His Word! That is why it is so important for us to have daily time with God, and make sure our families are too.
In fact, here are some scriptures on the importance of knowing God’s Word:
Psalm 119:105 – “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 – “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Matthew 4:4 – “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
Romans 15:4 – “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.”
We can see from the above scriptures how we need His Word to live! It’s our spiritual food. And our kids need to eat too. 🙌🏻
The Bible is where we come to be refilled, refreshed, corrected, to grow closer to God, and we want to teach our kids to develop a love for God’s Word too.
It starts when they are young and getting into the Bible together as a family!
You can check out some tips here for planning Family Bible time with toddlers!
6 Easy Ways To Have Family Bible Time:
Now that we know the importance of having family Bible time, let’s get into the practical ways to implement this and how it is actually done on a daily basis…
1. Find 30 Minutes Daily And Commit
I know our schedules can get crazy busy, especially with kids, but the first step into having family Bible time each day is to pick a time and commit. Sit down with your spouse (and even kids if they are older) and figure out what time each day you will have your family Bible time.
30 minutes every day should be plenty of time, and if the conversation is flowing well then, by all means, keep going!
You can even choose to make this a part of your kids’ bedtime routine, that way it’s automatically built into your day. So, say your kids go to bed at 8 each night, and you start baths and jammies at 7:30. Start your family Bible time at 7!
Obviously, things can come up that we can’t control – emergencies, children get sick, family visiting from out of town, etc. But make sure to give yourself grace when things happen! Tomorrow is a new day. 🙂
The important thing to remember is to make sure you are committing to this time together as a family in God’s Word each day. It’s how we are fueled!
Plus, when our kids see the importance of reading God’s Word, we are setting them up for future spiritual success!
SIDE NOTE: On Sundays, we usually will go over what we talked about in church and what she learned in Sunday School, and ask simple questions from that. This is usually done on the car ride home and super effective because it’s fresh in all our minds!
Now that you’ve set a time each day, what exactly do you read during family Bible time? Let’s find out…
2. Find A Solid Family Bible Devotional
Once you have figured out your time each night to have family Bible time, it’s time to pick the devotional you are going to be reading through!
I’ve got a great printable mini-guide for you to begin with, and it’s completely free! You’ll get 3 popular Bible stories with summaries, questions, key points, and a simple prayer to pray!
The perfect way to introduce family Bible time if you are just starting. 🙂
Grab Your Family Bible Time Mini Guide Here:
You can find some of our FAVORITE family devotionals here!
Another option is to pick a book of the bible and start reading a chapter a day in your family study Bible to talk about!
I would suggest starting in the New Testament with one of the Gospels, Ephesians, Hebrews, or Romans. Some great Old testament books to start in are Genesis, Joshua, or Ruth.
QUICK TIP: It’s okay to read over the same scripture or story a few nights in a row.
Repetition is key with kids and it’s better to go over one section more than once than it is to try and cram multiple readings in one week!
Take your time, help lead your kids through it – it’s a slow and steady process, not a race. 😉
Need some Bible reading options for your kids? Check out these AMAZING free Bible reading plans for kids!
3. Discuss Key Points & Verses
Like I mentioned before, repetition is the key to teaching our kids, especially when reading the Bible together.
Pick out short, simple, and specific phrases to help them understand what it is they are reading.
For example, in my family Bible time guide, one of the stories we go over is David & Goliath. We went through and read the story and explained it all to our daughter, but the key point we wanted her to remember was, “God helps us to be brave.”
Now, whenever she remembers that story she automatically associates it with that key point!
(We started when she was 1-2 years old. It’s NEVER too early to start with the key point system!)
4. Ask Questions And Relate
Remember waaaaaay back when in school, those awful things called pop quizzes? Or worse, tests??? 😭
While they weren’t fun, asking those questions helped us remember what we needed to know, right?
It’s so important to ask questions after reading the Bible together with our kids to help them understand. Also, it may prompt them to ask more questions, which is even better!
In my mini-Bible guide, I’ve got some great basic questions for each story included. You can build off of those for the rest, and it gives you a good guide for other Bible passages you read during this time.
It’s also important to relate it back to your kids. Ask them how they would feel if they were in that situation, or what they think God is trying to tell them.
It’s all about building that foundation for your kids to one day have a personal relationship with the Lord. Or if they already do, to help go deeper!
5. Memorize scripture
This goes back to what we talked about with key points and phrases – memorizing scripture!
Help your kids memorize any short scriptures or stand-out verses that are easy to remember.
Pick one focus verse each week. It just isn’t realistic to have a new verse every day for kids to memorize! Pick one verse for the week and repeat it daily.
It’s okay to repeat the same story, key point, and scripture each night until they have them memorized and then move on to the next.
Again, it’s a beautiful process teaching our kids about God’s word! 🙂
For parents, go ahead and memorize a few stand out verses for you too – to help YOU grow deeper as well as your kids. 🙂
6. Pray together
Last, but definitely the most important… always pray together at the end of family Bible time!
After asking and answering questions, your kids may have some things they have learned about God or even more questions. Encourage them to thank God and then bring those revelations and/or requests to Him.
Parents can pray first to set the tone, and it’s a great way to teach your kids how to pray on their own too when it’s their turn!
Something else you can do, especially if you have multiple children, have each family member pray for another member of the family! For example, each person pray for the person to their right. This is a great way to deepen your family connection. 🙂
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One Last Tip To Remember…
One last point I want you to remember as you begin digging into God’s Word together as a family… be patient and give yourselves grace!
Especially if this is all brand new to you.
God sees your desire for wanting to get your family reading the Bible together – it doesn’t have to be the perfect planned out 30 minutes every day where everyone sits still and answers every question while drinking tea with their pinky out.
Kids get cranky, don’t want to sit still, certain scriptures are harder to read, etc. I totally get it… and God does too!
He knows your heart, and I promise if you keep at it, He will bless you and your family in more ways than you can even see. 🙂
Enjoy Family Bible Time Every Day
I hope these tips have given you the confidence to begin family Bible time, or helped give you a guide to follow and make it a lot smoother!
Once you have built this into your everyday routine, I really believe you will see God bless those efforts and watch Him move in your home! 🙂
What are some ways that help you have daily Family Bible Time? Let me know in the comments!