Pinching myself… I’m home alone and awake (gasp!) and so I’ve grabbed the laptop, ignored the dinner dishes that need to cleaned up, put on some amazing Andrew Peterson music, lit some candles and I’m going to try to crank out some bloggy goodness!
I wanted to take a moment to recruit your help! One of the unexpected blessings that has developed out of Kellye’s invitation three years ago to join her on this bloggy adventure, has been the opportunity to teach a series of workshops around some of the devotional ideas posted here (and the many that never make it here! LOL!) While I do enjoy sharing through posting on RaisingDeepRoots ( I really do! ) honestly, teaching interactively is much more up my alley! Plunking out ideas here can be a laborious process for me, but teaching in a small group setting thrills me 🙂
I’ve taught a couple hour-long break-out sessions at our church’s Parenting conferences (love seeing grandparents getting in on the action too!), had the delightful opportunity to share some devotional ideas with a Christian moms playgroup (with the kiddos joining in – super fun!), and most recently spoke at a MOPS meeting. Thankful! But….this time dear friends, rather than talk as fast as I can to stuff as much as I can into a mere hour, I will have the luxury of teaching a 4 week series of 75 minute sessions each! Whoot! I’m beyond excited and completely overwhelmed at the same time. I’m a little bit giddy, a little bit nervous, and whole lot humbled right now.
Most parents cite lack of time and lack of training as the top two reasons why home devotions haven’t become a regular reality in the rhythm and routines of their family life. I am also ( sadly) intimately aware of the myths and lies that convince us that we are incapable, ineffective, and inadequate -not to mention the fear that it will be a laborious and unrewarding endeavor. I promise you this CAN be super fun! We’ll talk about ways to redeem time, explore activities that are suited to your family’s unique personality, share ideas and favorite resources with each other, and walk away with an implementable plan. I LOVE to put materials and resources right into the hands of parents so they can go home and start right away.
So can you help me out? If you had the chance to carve out 4 sessions over 4 weeks in which to be equipped, encouraged and make a plan to make home devotions part of your family’s rhythm and routines, what topics would you want to cover?
- Spiritual Disciplines such as Bible reading, prayer, scripture memory and more,
- “Parenting in the Pew” – inviting and guiding your children into the joy of Sunday morning worship,
- Making the most of Holidays – thematic devotional ideas for celebrating seasons such as Lent, Easter, Thanksgiving, and beyond,
- Spiritual Survival for the new mom, and suggestions for establishing routines in the early years,
- Teaching theology and catechism,
- Social Justice and Serving others,
- Evangelism, missions and outreach
- other ideas?
As a thank you for your comments and suggestions, I’m giving away my hands-down, all-time favorite resource for making the most of those unscheduled moments of life!
Faith-filled Moments: Helping Kids See God in Everyday Life by Kelli B. Trujillo will go to one of you – picked totally at random! Like I said, I just LOVE sharing by putting resources in your hands!
Feel free to pass this post along – the more input the better!
GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED!
For local readers, workshops will be Sunday nights – 5:00-6:15pm Feb 16th, 23rd, Mar 2nd and 9th