For the first time in living memory, kids have started a new academic year in the middle of a pandemic. For children attending school in-person, masks are now donned along with backpacks. Desks and doorknobs are heavily sanitized. And for those learning virtually or homeschooling, parents are suddenly tasked with facilitating or planning their children’s education.
In summary, starting school has been overwhelming for many families. Keeping your family spiritually grounded in this season is more important than ever.
Thankfully, resources like Keys for Kids devotionals make it easy! Greg Yoder with Keys for Kids Ministries says, “This is a great time to make devotions in God’s Word with your family a regular part of your day. A lot of people do it in the morning just before they get started with school — especially homeschool families. They’ll take turns reading the devotional, whether it be the kids devotional or our Unlocked teen devotional. Or they’ll do it over dinner as classes are kind of wrapping up and they get ready for the evening time and family time together.
“It just makes for a good time of being able to have some quality time that is going to be foundational.”
Enjoying time as a family in God’s Word is critical for kids at a young age. The Barna Group says 64 percent of Christians come to faith in Jesus by their 18th birthday.
Even if family devotions haven’t been a part of your daily routine with your children, it’s never too late to start with Keys for Kids.
“What ends up happening is they do it for a few days [and] the kids love it. Then the kids start reminding Mom and Dad, ‘Hey, we didn’t read our story today,’ or ‘We didn’t listen to our story today!’ So it becomes one of those family dynamics where it just becomes habitual for their family.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for God’s peace to settle over kids, teachers, and parents this school year.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen the faith of families as they engage in spiritual discussions.
- Pray for a spiritual revival in this growing generation of children.