Family Bible Reading Time. Seems easier said than done, doesn’t it? Most families today are super busy and have a lot on their plates. However, when you mention the words “bible reading,” other thoughts storm the mind. Thoughts of guilt and inadequacy. If this sounds like you, don’t worry – you’re not alone.
The reality is…
I don’t know of many Christian parents who are genuinely happy about how much they read the bible, let alone happy with how they’re leading their children to do the same. The truth of the matter is none of us have “arrived.” We’re all on the journey of working out our salvation and growing close to Jesus every day.
If creating a family bible reading time seems like a chore, then I invite you to keep reading to discover 4 practical steps you can take to start creating this time today.
4 Steps to Creating a Family Bible Reading Time
Step 1: Pray
As with anything in life, prayer can make a huge difference in the outcome. Before diving head first into gathering the family to start reading the bible together, pray about it. Ask God for the wisdom and understanding you will need to make this a priority for your family. Ask Him to show you the perfect time to start, as well as grace to present the idea to your family. Lastly, pray for your family’s hearts to be open to receiving the blessings that would come from reading God’s Word together.
Step 2: Start Small
The last thing you want to do is present the idea to your family with a hardcore, strict study of reading the entire book of Psalms in two weeks. Sure, it can be done but trust me when I say that you’ll be reading for hours on end every day. Instead, consider starting with ten to fifteen minutes a few days a week. This will give you room to grow, adding longer read times and more days.
If you’re unsure of where to start, begin by reading a few verses of Proverbs or Psalms. You can also start with the beginning, Genesis. Once you’ve read a few verses, discuss them as a family and end with prayer.
Step 3: Make It Fun
Take into consideration the dynamic of your family and plan accordingly. If you have a vibrant two-year-old who has the attention span of 5 minutes, make this a fun time for them. Search for free coloring page printables that go with the scriptures you’ll be reading. They can color while you read. Incorporating a cute art or craft can also help with understanding what is being read.
Step 4: Make It Applicable
When reading God’s Word, sometimes it can be hard to understand or apply to life today. Using a commentary or study Bible can help with breaking down scripture and give you connection points on how to walk it out. Believe that God’s Word is alive and that the Holy Spirit will lead, guide, and direct your steps.
Time to Take Action
Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be stressful, overwhelming, or forced. Once you’ve prayed, go to your family members for thoughts and ideas. Since this will be a family affair, it’s a good idea to include them in the planning process.
Then, purchase or find any materials you’ll need to get started with grace and ease. There are a number of family bible studies, printables, and the like all across the internet. Also, don’t forget to check your local Christian bookstore.
With the following steps in mind, what action steps will you take to start creating a family bible reading time?