One of the best ways to grow closer as a family and toward God is to engage in regular family devotions. This is special time set aside to explore God’s Word together and discuss how it applies to your lives. Here are some tips for establishing an effective family devotional routine.

Mark your calendars. Decide on a time to gather as a family each day or each week and mark it in everyone’s calendars so it doesn’t get overlooked. You could choose to do a devotion every morning at breakfast, once a week on Sunday evenings, after school on Fridays, etc.—whatever works best for your crew. Then agree not to allow anything to bump your devotional time.

Choose sound resources. Beyond choosing a portion of Scripture directly from the Bible—which is always a wise approach—also consider using a devotional book or resource to guide your family Bible time. Make sure these are aligned with your family values and beliefs. Faithgirlz provides a variety of biblically sound and tween-friendly devotionals that the whole family can enjoy.

Supplement with technology. Tweens love videos and music, so why not enhance your family devotional with a related YouTube clip or worship song? Many fun resources are available online today. Simply search the Internet for “funny Christian videos” and you’ll be amazed at how much quality content pops up.

Give the kids ownership. Consider inviting the kids to take turns leading the family devotion. This will get them into God’s Word and excited about sharing what they’re learning. Plus it will give everyone a greater sense of worth in the family’s goal toward spiritual growth.

Talk about it! Ask questions and encourage the kids to share their thoughts, opinions, and more questions of their own. Don’t be afraid if they express doubts; often these are an open door to making their faith their own. Just “be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).

Serve snacks. If you feed them, they will come. Make family devotions extra appealing by serving a special treat or snack reserved only for Bible time. Or make snack prep part of the fun by inviting your tween to search Pinterest for a recipe related to your devotion’s theme each week. Then work together to bake or assemble the snack!

Pray. Finally, start and end each devotion time with prayer. Encourage the kids to join you by praying one by one for your family’s needs as well as for any requests among your extended family and friendship circles. Spend time thanking God for your family and the blessings He provides. Praying together is one of the best ways to strengthen your faith and family bonds!