Make Faith a Family Affair With These 4 Fun and Easy Tips
Have you heard? The family that lives out their faith together sees victory together! Even if you weren’t raised in an atmosphere of faith, you can create one for your children, your grandchildren and your entire family when you set out to create an atmosphere that puts God first place and pursues Him every day in every way.
Create your own legacy of faith and make faith a family affair with these four fun and easy tips!
1.Make Faith a Family Affair by Using the Power of Repetition
Faith comes by hearing and hearing and speaking and speaking the Word of God. Repetition builds faith! You can use the power of repetition in your family to make faith a family affair.
Children, especially, enjoy repetition. It feels safe, secure and predictable. The familiar, like a well-loved, warm blanket, is comforting. The same is true with traditions and routines in your family. You can make faith a routine using the power of repetition. Here’s how.
- Establish a family scripture verse that embodies what you stand for. (Matthew 6:33 is one example.) Create a routine in which you say this verse aloud as a family at a particular time each day—maybe around the dinner table or when going to bed. If using Matthew 6:33, for example, you could say, “The Jones family seeks first God’s kingdom and His righteousness. As we do, everything we need and desire will be given to us.”
- Speak a blessing of protection over the family each morning using the same words and scripture. (Psalm 91 is a great one.)
- Jeremy and Sarah Pearsons gather with their two children each evening as they get ready to go to bed and say the same thing together: “By Your grace, by the leadership of Your Holy Spirit, we will always be in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing with the right people.”
Use the power of repetition in your own family and make faith a family affair!
2.Make Faith a Family Affair by Making It Fun to Learn About the Bible
It’s easy to keep your quiet time to yourself in your own corner, but if you want to make faith a family affair, it's time to get everyone involved and make learning about the Bible fun! To get started, try a few of these ideas.
- Encourage each family member to spend their own time in the Word each day in preparation for family activities.
- When kids are getting bored and a bit on the wild side, grab a bowl of chocolate chips or M&Ms® from the cupboard and ask if they want to play The Chocolate Chip Game or The M&M® Game. (Note: They’ll say yes!) Then, start asking questions about the Bible. Each correct answer earns one piece of candy (or any other treat you choose).
Hint: Stay within their age range. (Unpacking Revelation or discussing the stoning of Stephen is probably not for kids 12 and under!) Stick with things they likely know, and then throw in a few to challenge them so they’ll be motivated to do some digging on their own before the next game.
- Question ideas for ages 2-4: Who made the world? Who made you? Who is God’s Son? Where will we go to see Jesus?
- Question ideas for ages 5-7: Name three books in the Bible. Name as many of Jesus’ disciples as you can. How old was Moses when he died? Who defeated Goliath?
- Question ideas for ages 8-12: Who wrote most of the books in the New Testament? Who are some of the prophets in the Bible?
- As they grow in this activity, you can plan to host a Family Bible Challenge. Assign kids of any age (up to teens!) one or two small challenges and one significant challenge in Bible knowledge. Allow them a week or so to prepare and set a date for the big day.
Make it an event! Include snacks, music and prizes. For each small challenge, they may receive a trinket of some sort (think Hot Wheels™, scented erasers, bouncy balls or nail polish). Then, for the greater challenge, you can offer a more significant prize (gift-wrap the item to make it more intriguing).
- Challenges can include short memory verses or the reading of a long passage of Scripture before the challenge, followed by discussion questions.
- More substantial challenges can include memorizing longer passages of scripture, like Psalm 91 (With help, kids as young as 3 have accomplished this feat!)
These are just a few samples of what you can do. There are so many ways to make the Bible fun. Look for ways that fit you and your family, and make faith a family affair!
3.Make Faith a Family Affair by Talking About God’s Goodness All the Time
Make the decision today to never let a day with your family go by without talking about the goodness of God. It can be a short mention of His goodness or sharing a powerful miracle God did for you recently. Make a point of talking about His goodness when you wake up, when you’re out and about, and when you’re hanging around the house.
At dinnertime, go around the dinner table and ask each person share one thing they’re praying for and one answer to prayer or miracle they’ve seen God work in their lives recently.
4.Make Faith a Family Affair by Praying Together
You make faith a family affair when you make it a point to pray together. Many people are shy about praying in front of others. You can change that!
You can model powerful prayer in front of your family and demonstrate how to use spiritual warfare in any situation. Be bold in your prayers, and show them that prayer and faith are nothing to be ashamed of.
Gather your family around for a time of prayer together. Ask for each family member’s input about what should be prayed over at that moment. Maybe your family will pray for your nation, your community, the schools or the neighborhood. Perhaps there is someone you know who is facing a trial, and your family can join together to intercede.
As the Holy Spirit leads, you can even prophesy over one another and lay hands on each other. Let it be a sweet time of ministry in your home as you make faith a family affair.
You can use these four fun and easy tips to make faith a family affair and build your own legacy of faith. But don’t stop there! Keep looking for new ways to bring faith to the center of your home and life, and let your light shine in your family and your community.
Watch Gloria Copeland and Billye Brim share with you a prayer you can pray every day for the protection and provision of your family.