For parents considering having a family altar or starting family devotions at home, below are some tips that you may find useful.
1. Be Flexible
Don’t try to have a rigid structured format, especially if your children are young or you have a big age difference between them.
2. Start with Worship
Begin with a time of worship and let your kids join in or lead with musical instruments. You can offer guitars, bongos, and keyboard, along with rhythm sticks, bells, a triangle, a tambourine, and castanets. If your family isn’t musically inclined or doesn’t have the funds to invest, use CDs or sing a capella.
3. Stay Calm
Have a relaxed attitude because there are bound to be disruptions. Don’t let little things upset you, along with giving your kids freedom to participate and interject without feeling they are being distracting.
4. Commit Each Day
Plan activities around your devotional time, as well as, ignoring phone and door bell interruptions.
5. Keep It Fun
Give your children the freedom to be children. If they decide to dance with ribbons or scarves during praise and worship.
6. Encourage Creativity
Invite your kids to be an active part of this time together. Encourage them to share meaningful scripture verses, what God has been showing them personally, heartfelt concerns, prayer requests and more.
7. Invite Prayer
Invite them to pray about everything and anything, and encourage them to pray.
Building a family altar brings the family closer and enhances spiritual growth. Why not build your today?