The traditions we build as a family is where the fabric of our lives are woven. From the quirks we have, to the laughs we share to the paths we choose later in life, it’s all founded in our home; that heart to heart connection between a unit of people brought together by divine design.
While building a Christ centered home is the goal of most Christian parents, we know that being intentional about weaving those solid foundations into our family can be a challenge – especially during the holiday season.
So lest we lose sight off our goal let’s purpose afresh to make calculated attempts in building traditions that will help each member of our families stand the tests of faith they will face throughout life.
Traditions Worth Weaving into the Christian Family
Traditions of Prayer – The Bible instructs us to “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Now, it isn’t possible or practical for us to be in our prayer closet 24/7, but it is possible to take on a prayerful stature throughout our day. We may consult with our Heavenly Father any time through the wireless service He designed from the beginning of time! He’s quite modern in His communication services, don’t you think?!
For my sweet little family, one way we incorporate a tradition of prayer into our day is through recognizing specific moments in our day.
On our drive to school each morning, when we turn the last corner one of us calls out, “Prayer time!” and what follows is a few minutes of each child naming their requests and praying. We love our Prayer Time Road! It has become so much a habit that every time we turn that corner, someone hollers “Prayer time!” even if we aren’t going to school. One small step in building a tradition that will impact our family for a life time.
A few more prompts to turn into prayer traditions might be:
- pray before each meal
- prayer at bedtime
- when you see an ambulance or hear sirens
- before your feet hit the floor each morning
- prayer cards and email prayer challenges also help get us in the habit of praying
Traditions of Bible reading – Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (Joshua 1:8)
About 80% of Christians struggle with daily Bible reading (source). Many of us decide it’s because we get side tracked or just don’t have time in our busy days. Yet reading just one chapter of the Bible rarely takes longer than five minutes.
A few ways to build Bible reading traditions into our family are:
- read a short passage – 1-2 verses – and ask our children what it means to them.
- expect each member of the family read one chapter a day and report to an adult
- designate fifteen minutes strictly to Bible reading
- read the Word out loud while going to soccer practice
- use the book of Proverbs or Acts as a continual family Bible reading plan
Traditions of Scripture writing – Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 7:3
Scripture writing is a new tradition for our family, but one we plan to keep practicing throughout the years. Somehow writing out a few verses each day helps infuse the Word onto our hearts. This practice helps us see into God’s Word, feel His nearness, and remember His love letter to us better.
Our family will be working through this matching set of Names of Jesus Scripture Writing Journals during Advent. We invite you to join us in this celebration of His mighty name! Just click the image for more info.
What about you? What foundational traditions are you building into the fabric of your family?
Author Bio: Just a girl…with a sword…a shield…and a strong cup of coffee, Kaylene Yoder tackles her callings of wife and mom through the power of love and persistent prayer. You can find Kaylene dancing with words to the glory of her King on her website, where she shares her books and resources for Christian women. You can also find Kaylene socializing on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.