Worship

25 Family Devotional Time Ideas

25 Family Devotional Time Ideas

[NOTE: This post is a couple of years old but continues to receive a large number of visitors from Google searches on devotional time ideas. A lot has happened here on the blog since I wrote this–including having the opportunity to write a book that was released in March 2016 by Harvest House Publishers: Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side: 40 Conversations to Help Them Build a Lasting Faith! If you’re here because you’re looking for resources to help you grow together spiritually as a family, Read More…

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Confessions of a Bad Worshipper

Confessions of a Bad Worshipper | Christian Mom Thoughts

I am bad at worshiping God. I wish I could be plunked down into a church sermon each Sunday and escape everything before and after it. I’m good at listening and learning, but I stink at worshipping. Let me describe a sample Sunday morning so you can understand what I mean. Picture my husband and I walking into the sanctuary of our church, filled with at least 2,000 people. The lights go down and the band starts playing. Sigh. I wish we could just skip this part and go right to the sermon. Read More…

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7 Faith Considerations When Raising Introverted Kids

A couple of weeks ago, we took our twins to a birthday party at a bounce house. It was the first one we’ve been to for a friend at school, and it was interesting to see how our kids interacted with the other kids in their class. After a while I didn’t see Nathan, so I went searching. I found him sitting alone inside a tunnel in the corner of the room. “Buddy! What are you doing in here?!” “I’m tired. I wanted to get away.” I didn’t even know what to say. My 4-year-old son was tired of Read More…

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Preparing Your Child to Get Hurt by the Church

Today I’m excited to share a guest post on this important topic from Dr. Daniel Christensen.  “What can I do now to help my children commit to church when they are adults?” I ask myself this question a lot because I want my children to have a life-long dedication to church. I want them to have mornings when it seems like the sermon was just for them; to experience what it’s like to have a song pass through their emotions and come to rest in their soul; to find a Jonathan to their David Read More…

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8 Tips for Developing an Impactful Family Worship Time

As you may recall from past posts I’ve written, our family does a nightly worship time together, consisting of Bible study, singing and prayer. We’ve been doing it for about two years now, and we’re constantly evolving what we do to make sure it’s having the spiritual impact it should for both us and our kids. Today I’m guest posting about our experiences with it on the blog of the National Center for Biblical Parenting. Click here to check out my “8 Tips for Developing an Impactful Read More…

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Little Songbirds: Kids’ Worship CD Review and Giveaway!

Today I’m excited to tell you about a worship CD for kids that I received from Little Songbirds. We’ve bought quite a few worship CDs for the kids over time, but many of them never catch on. It seems like we always come back to the same few that they love! When Little Songbirds offered to send me a CD in exchange for my honest review, I was happy to try something new. In two short weeks, the Little Songbirds CD has become a new family favorite! Here’s a little about why my kids and I are Read More…

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60 Faith Questions I Hope To Answer Before My Kids Leave Home

In my recent post about starting faith conversations with kids, I pointed out that it’s one thing to acknowledge we need to be intentional in fostering the deeper conversations of faith; it’s another thing to have a plan for what those conversations should be. I said that I would draft a bucket list of conversations I want to have with my kids before they leave home someday and share them in a post. Here they are! A few notes on this list: 1)      These are questions that I feel are Read More…

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How to Start Writing Family Spiritual Goals: One Example

I’ve been thinking a lot about the key findings from the Revolutionary Parenting book I outlined in my last post. There is so much to take away from Barna’s findings, but what convicted me to most immediate action was this one: “Another of the distinctive qualities of Revolutionary Parents was that they set tangible and measurable parenting goals and held themselves accountable. Three out of every four of these parents (73 percent) developed and pursued goals. That’s about fifteen times Read More…

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