This is The Best Way To Teach Quiet Time for Children
What is the only thing you can take with you to Heaven? If you answered other people, then you are 100% right! No other asset will be with you in eternity. You can’t take your house, your riches, your favorite food. Nothing. Except people.
Think about that for a moment. If you want to take your children with you to Heaven, you have to invest the time to teach them how to have a relationship with God. And that starts by teaching your kids how to have daily quiet time Bible study.
Therefore, as a mom, one of the most important things to me is passing my faith on to my children. But not only so the end up in Heaven with me. (Although, that’s my Number One reason!) When they grow up, I want them to have a faith that is their own. A faith that is not just mimicked because their father and I want them to. I want my kids’ faith to be real.
As in, they own it! They don’t just go through the motions just to make me happy.
Of course, it first starts with my own modeling of spending time in the Word. My quiet time with God goes a long way in teaching my children the importance of true and authentic faith. So it’s very important to teach and lead your kids first by example.
We only have a few short years to teach our kids that making time for God is the most important thing in life.
In order to do that, it takes effort on my part as a parent. Creating a godly culture in the home doesn’t just happen. Typically, kids don’t naturally choose to spend time in the Word of God. (Although there are those kids who are exceptions.) As a result, I want to set my kids up with the habit of spending time in God’s Word everyday so they will deeply root their faith in Christ.
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Proverbs 22:6 (ESV) says,
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
That means that it’s my direct responsibility to teach my children how to have a saving faith in Christ and then to disciple them in that faith. (I understand that salvation cannot be forced and that scripture makes no guarantees our kids will be saved just because we teach them so.)
So in our home, we’ve worked hard to have a rock-solid plan to disciple and teach our kids. We have Bible Time for kids on a daily basis. As a family, we meet together to discuss scripture and we’ve been careful to teach our kids how to love God so that He might be the center of their lives as they grow.
You Need a Plan for Having a Quiet Time at Home
But kids need more than just your example. You need to teach children quiet time routines. They need structure and a plan. Introducing your child to God isn’t something that just happens. You need to be intentional. Hopefully, these quiet time with God ideas will help give you a place to start and you’ll realize that it’s not that hard as you begin to develop a godly culture in your home.
The first problem I ran into was what to have my kids do for a quiet time. I knew that I wanted them to have a love for God and a deep rooted faith that stemmed from spending time in the Bible, but I had no idea where to start. I was having trouble finding quiet time material for kids.
After taking some time to research and figure out the best way to implement daily quiet time for kids, I finally found a very simple method that can be used by young and old alike.
I was ecstatic when I found the S.O.A.P. method.
Once you understand it, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to teach your kids to have a quiet time with God by using this method. You may even want to try it yourself!
I have put together a quiet time kit for moms and daughters that you can read about here, that includes the S.O.A.P. method, among other Bible Study plans.
Find a Good Time for Your Kids to Have Their Own Personal Quiet Time With God
Your schedule and my schedule are totally different, so I can’t tell you the best time what will for for your household’s quiet time for kids. Evaluate your days and pick a specific time each day so that your kids get into the routine and habit of having a quiet time. It could be right after school (or even before), just before bed, or as you prepare supper. Any time will do. The important thing is that you just do it!
For us, the kids have their quiet time with God activities right after lunch. (We homeschool, so it makes our schedule a little more flexible.) It works out well for me because it’s the one time the house is truly quiet. The little kids go down for their afternoon naps and the big kids can then concentrate on spending time in the Word. As a result, I can take just a moment for a breather. (I find my Quiet Time is much more effective when done in the morning, but it can change depending on the day!)
What the Kids Read for Their Quiet Time, Ties Into Family Worship
Since quiet time ties into our family worship time, everyone reads a pre-agreed upon passage of scripture. (You can read about how we mesh these two together by reading my post ‘How to Make Faith a Priority Through Family Worship.’ ) My husband and I follow this same schedule as well. We have found this is the best way to streamline the spiritual aspect of our household and keep everyone on the same page. (No pun intended! 🙂 )
Once you decide on the best time of day for your devotional activities for kids, (and really, your whole family) you’ll need to choose which passage of Scripture you will use. We have experimented with reading different books of the Bible. What you read isn’t as important as that you read.
Just pick a book of the Bible to start out with and commit to reading it everyday. Don’t overthink it or you won’t want to start anywhere. (This is very important!)
The S.O.A.P. Method Explained
The following is a breakdown of the S.O.A.P. method that we use in our house to make quiet time for children easy to understand and execute. I love that it is structured so that quiet time becomes easier to do. You’ll find that your kids should be able to follow it fairly easily as long as you take a minute to teach them. I made you a video (all the way to the bottom) so you can see exactly what I’m talking about.
Each of your kids will need their own special notebook, dedicated to their quiet time with God activities.
- S – Scripture. They should begin with writing the Scripture passage under the heading ‘S.’ They will then carefully read the passage of Scripture. I encourage the kids to take time to read through the chapter and not skim quickly. I want them to pay attention to what the Bible is saying so that it can really sink into their hearts. Obviously the time it takes to read will vary according to the level of reading skill, but for the most part, it should take around ten minutes for your child to complete this part.
- O – Observe. What is the passage saying? Next, I ask my kids to spend time browsing through the chapter. Under the heading, ‘O’ for observe, the kids write anything that stands out to them. They can also ask questions in this portion, and we will address them at our family worship time. I want my kids to be able to develop the practice of drawing out principles from Scripture and discovering what the Bible is saying. (This is a process that takes time and practice. I see quiet time as part of the learning process and don’t expect them to always know exactly what the passage is saying. This is another reason that discussing it at our family worship time is so important.)
- A – Apply. How does this passage apply to me? Under the heading ‘A,’ my kids write how they can specifically apply this passage to themselves. It may be something very actionable that they can do, or it might be something they can pray about. Whatever the case, I am looking for them to find ways to make Scripture real for them and begin to apply it to their lives.
- P – Pray. Spend time in prayer. At the end of their quiet time, my kids spend time praying. I encourage them to write down prayer requests as well as answers to prayer. (Under the heading ‘A’) It is so important that they learn to take their praises and requests to God. I’ve taught the kids to go back and look to see how God has answered their prayers. Nothing builds a person’s faith more than seeing God’s answers to prayer.
Now that your kids have written down everything they’ve learned during quiet time, they will be ready to discuss it during family worship. (If you missed it, I’ve outlined the method we use for Family Worship in this post.) Be sure to check it out!
When using the S.O.A.P. method, along with the W.O.R.S.H.I.P. method together, you will actively be training disciples and therefore be creating a godly culture in your home!
Something to consider:
- I have done something special with my kids, but before you decide to do it, I would caution you to talk to your kids and make sure they are okay with it. Occasionally I go through my kids’ S.O.A.P. notebooks and make comments and notes to them. I will encourage them in applications and rejoice with them over praises as well as pray with them for prayer requests. My kids love my interaction and if I fall short on time and don’t do it, they ask me when I will! However, not every child is willing to have their personal thoughts read. I treat their journals like a diary and respect that they belong to each of my kids. Therefore, if you should choose to do something like this, it’s important that you talk to your kids about it first. While your comments are nice, you definitely don’t want to hinder your child’s ability to write freely. He or she might not feel comfortable knowing that you will read it.
Congratulations! You’re Taking the First Step in Creating Generational Faith in Your Family!
One of the biggest challenges we face as Christian parents is to be able to pass on our faith as an inheritance to our kids. I firmly believe that a huge part of the problem and reason for kids falling away from the faith is because they have not been taught how to spend time in God’s Word.
By teaching your kids how to have a quiet time with God, you will set them up with a healthy spiritual pattern for the rest of their life. By making it a part of their day, it will become routine for them, and they will even look forward to it! And one day, may God allow them to pass these same things onto their children, who will in turn, teach their kids. Praise the Lord!
2 Timothy 2:2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. (NIV)
And that, my friend, is how the discipleship process works! Right in your own home!
PS Keep scrolling! You’re almost to my explanation video!