The overuse of technology has the potential to decrease the amount of quality time that families spend together. In light of this, some might be skeptical of relying on the internet to lead family devotions. But when used carefully, the web provides a host of options for spiritual growth, including solid family devotionals that can be read online for free.
Below are three free devotionals from around the web that were written with your family in mind. Each online devotional includes links to several devotions you can sample. This way you can read over the material before deciding whether or not you want to use it for your family.
Enjoy these three FREE online family devotional resources:
1. Family-Style Devotions – A Six-Month Family-Focus on Jesus’ Amazing Life
This 147-day online resource was written by a father who wanted to create a devotional for his children that focused on the life of Christ. The devotional covers almost everything written about Jesus in the four Gospels. It includes an introduction with some helpful advice on how to lead family devotions. Each day includes an application and questions to provoke discussion with children. You can read each day’s devotion on the website, or sign up to receive devotions by email.
2. Family Devotions from ThreeThirty Ministries
ThreeThirty Ministries put together these free family devotions to be fun, action-packed, and easy-to-lead. Designed to use items commonly found in most homes, each devotion requires no advanced planning. You can use these devotions to set aside a time for you and your kids to have fun together, all while learning valuable lessons from God’s Word.
3. Through the Bible – Devotional for Kids
This online resource from Truth for Kids has a devotion for every day of the month. Each devotion includes a short lesson on a Bible passage and ends with a Bible verse for the day. A Journal Page can be downloaded and used with every lesson. With helpful prompts for lesson application and prayer, the Journal Page is a perfect followup to each devotion.
Leading Your Family Devotions
Although technology has paved the way for helpful devotional resources that can and should be enjoyed, consider occasionally taking a break from technology. Look for tech-free activities to preserve your time together as a family. If you prefer, the devotionals in this article can be printed out and discussed without the distraction of your gadgets and devices.
As you commit to your family’s spiritual growth and health, these free devotionals will serve as helpful guides. But that is all they can do. The responsibility of leading family devotions (and your family) is something that only you, as a parent, can do.
Leading family devotions can seem like a daunting task for some parents. Below are some resources to encourage you and give you some guidance as you strive to structure your devotional time well.
- How Do You Do Family Devotions? – a short interview with Bible Teacher and Pastor John Piper offering some personal advice to parents
- 10 Ideas and 10 Tips for Family Devotions in 2017 – a recent article by blogger and Pastor Tim Challies providing 10 family devotional ideas and some helpful advice to parents
- Family-Style Devotions Introduction – advice from Bible Teacher David Servant on how parents can make the most of their devotional time
Are there any lessons you’ve learned from leading your own family devotions?