Family Devotions around the Dinner Table

by Teresa B

Teresa B, 5m4m contributor, shares her insights on how to have family devotions around the dinner table. We were compensated to write this post, however all opinions listed are the writer’s own.

The dinner table is a great time for family devotions. Dinnertime provides an opportunity to connect over food while having fun, joyful and meaningful faith-building conversations. So what exactly are family devotions? The words suggest the idea of devotions with your family, which is a small snapshot of the bigger picture really. Family devotions could be described as home fellowship or parent-led devotions.

My husband and I want to model for our children the reality of a genuine relationship with Christ. We teach them how to pray, how to study and memorize scripture and how to show Christian love to those around them. My husband and I are not leaving it to chance that our children will absorb a biblical worldview on their own without our instructions. We can’t simply rely on Sunday school or youth group to take on these tasks. The responsibility lies squarely on our shoulders.

How We Have Devotions At Our House

Our children are still quite young and we want to make studying the bible fun. A great way to inspire dinner table devotions is with wordplay. Each evening we begin dinner with a prayer and a question. Everyone is given an opportunity to answer the question. Sometimes I will even use strips of paper as a table cloth and let the children write their answers at their place setting.

“Are you careful about the words you say?”
“Are you as kind to your brothers and sisters as you are to your friends?”
“Do you do lots of good things?”

After the question has been answered, my husband will lead us in our family devotions. He has a daily family devotion schedule planned out with a story and bible verse{s} that relate to the stories. The stories help our children understand the bible verses that he reads. Each story is a lesson and the daily question, story and bible verses all connect and relate to one another.

It is a time commitment, which may take us away from other pursuits. However, missing a television program or a load of laundry is a wonderful trade off to keep these devotions in our daily lives. Having this set time for fun and spiritual growth as a family demonstrates to our children what is really important.

We always end our family devotions with an ACTS prayer.
A(Adoration)
C (Confession)
T (Thanksgiving)
S (Supplication)

Remember to take time for prayer, worship and the study of God’s Word with your children. What do you do to nurture your children’s relationship with the Lord?

Here’s Another Great Devotional Help

Your family’s gathered around the table. What’s on the menu? Cold stares? Stale prayers? The same old leftover questions about “what happened at school today”? Next time you sit down to eat, enjoy some spiritual food too! Get everyone talking—and learning—with the nourishment of Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions! Encourage quality family time and pass on a strong spiritual heritage with these 90 devotions created to engage children in fun, lively, productive dialogue.

Whit has always been a family favorite and will make mealtime fun, and encourage lots of great conversation.

Teresa is a family lifestyle photographer who is happy homeschooling her three children in the Christian classical education theory in the suburbs of Chicago. You can find her on her blog Tiaras & Tantrums or on Twitter as @tiarastantrums.




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I am a Chicago momma to 3 little poppets whom I happen to homeschool. I have many passions, photography (see my portfolio) When I meet you, I'll be sure to share the good lighting with you. See me at http://tiarastantrums.com and I tweet at @tiarastantrums

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1 Dianne May 24, 2013 at 10:46 am

This is great. We do grace at every meal but never thought about devotions.

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2 Amy Tolley May 24, 2013 at 11:32 am

i think this i great!!! there is nothing wrong with devotion at the table…plus its a great way for family to talk and bond…thanks for sharing

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3 Rosemarie May 25, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I nurture my child’s relationship with the Lord by including God and His character in life’s lessons.

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4 Tracey June 1, 2013 at 5:10 pm

I agree the dinner table is a great time for family devotions. Thanks for sharing yours.

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