At summer camp, when I was a little girl, my favorite part was called Morning Watch. Every morning before breakfast, we’d take our little devotion books, a Bible, pencil and our sit-upons outside, find a place in the woods and spend time alone with God. It’s still one of my favorite memories–the almost-heat of the day, the noises of the woods, seeing dozens of girls around reading their Bibles, the absolute no-rush of sitting there alone with the Lord.
Now that Lydia is reading fluently and feels confident in her ability, I’ve been trying to figure out how to lead her into her own devotional quiet time. I don’t necessarily want her to sit down with a devotional book, like an assignment. But I’d love for her to enjoy that quiet alone time to write, read and focus on God and His Word.
I bought her a blank journal this summer and showed her how I like to copy Scriptures and write prayers in my journal. She loves it and thinks it is very grown up. I was going to just let her do with it as she wishes, but then I remembered this great idea of hand-written devotionals from Kat. Maybe I could take some of my old Morning Watch books and rewrite them in her journal?
We also have this lovely book called, Princess Stories which was a birthday gift from Vanessa. Each chapter is a first person retelling of a woman in the Bible–Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Naomi, Shunamite Woman and of course, Lydia. It ends with three questions–one recapping the story, one making a practical application and one discussing a thematic Scripture verse.
I actually really like this one because it’s not overly devotional-ish, it’s simple and the pictures are super cute. We read it together for bedtime but I think it would be an easy one for her to do on her own.
I think simply letting my kids see me reading my Bible in the mornings is a great way to show them how important a devotional time is. But as Lydia is getting older, I want to find some simple, age-appropriate steps that will help her find a good way to spend time with God on her own–in a way she enjoys. (Oh, speaking of which, we listened to an Adventures in Odyssey yesterday that totally ties into this, A Worker Approved. A girl tries to copy other people’s devotional time and fails miserably. It’s really fun and might even teach you a thing or two.)
Do you have any good ideas for kid-friendly quiet times?