Observations and Thoughts from my Little Corner

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Daily Devotions with my Boys

I have to say that one of the most wonderful things about homeschooling is doing our daily devotion time. I start reading while the boys are having breakfast. Since there is no carpool or bus to catch, or no bell ringing at 7:55, we take time discussing the selection and cross referencing it to things they have learned in Sunday school, or youth group, etc. Many are the times that they beg me to go ahead and read "tomorrow's" section; the Bible is full of cliff-hangers, isn't it? Sometimes, I indulge them. Sometimes for dramatic effect, I tell them they must wait til tomorrow. And, sometimes, I let them read ahead on their own. I pray that because of the cherished morning devotions, they will know Jesus better. I hope that when they are exposed to wickedness and cultural errors of our society, they can think back to the lessons they learned at our dining room table. I hope they will remember how much their mother loved them.

If you are a teacher of elementary/middle school age boys, make the devotions applicable to their daily life with fun activities. We recently learned about Samson and the Nazarite Vow, so the boys made their own "Stephenite" and Kennite" vows. One of them tried to slip in that he would never cut his hair, but of course that didn't fly.