The Discipleship Place offers marriage devotionals designed to help spouses draw closer to God and in so doing become more spiritually intimate with one another. Written by Dr. David and Lisa Frisbie, you will find these devotionals rich in content and encouraging!   http://www.thediscipleshipplace.org/index.php?option=com_studies&view=study&study_id=16&type_of_devotional=1&lang=en

Weavefamily offers suggestions for a movie nights for families (and other entertainment) with the following suggestion: Media entertains us, but it can also teach and challenge us. You can be proactive by using movie content as a springboard for family discussions about how to live in a way that honors God and advances His kingdom... read more   at http://weavefamily.org/thread/entertainment/ 

The National Council of Churches USA provides a Family Values website where they writeThis resource is designed to help Christian families think about the values they cherish and want to live by. Unless we take time to identify such values, we may find ourselves tossed to and fro by the tides of the cultural river swirling around us. Instilling our cherished values in our children takes time and awareness. This resource provides ways for families to think together about what values they hold dear, how to talk about them together, and how to live them in their daily lives. Some of the activities here can be used by a single family at home in conjunction with programs planned by the congregation, or they can be put together to create programs for families or parents. ties are primarily for parents, while others include their children.

 

Teaching your children to be good stewards of their time and resources can start at an early age.  Blogger and conference speaker Malia Russel offers some advise in her article How to Tame Your Children's Toys to help your children not to become overburdened with too much stuff. 

 

These are two sister websites that share many ideas that help with "grace based relationships." Family Matters has a blog as well as tools for the family that include Q&A for parents, couples, and other dinner dialogue ideas. This group also hosts events around the world for parents and ministers on these topics.

familymatters.net

gracebasedparenting.com 

Author, speaker, and blogger Sheila Wray Gregoire has some creative ideas on helping your children to learn to pray.  Check out her article

Teaching Kids to Pray: The Five Finger Method  at http://tolovehonorandvacuum.com/2008/12/do-your-kids-pray-ridiculous-prayers/

Courtesy Dallas Tharp

http://www.aholyexperience.com/free-advent-devotionals-jesse-tree-book/  christmas01
This site provides printable materials for guiding your family through 25 days of activities leading up to Christmas.  Each focuses on a piece of God's story, from Adam to the Messiah, describing how each one points to the coming promise of Christ.  Included are daily Scriptures, a short daily devotional, a daily point of action to be taken, and a printable, full-color ornament.

By Ann Voskamp and Nancy Rodden

Center for Congregations

Author, pastor, and musician T. Wyatt Watkins leads this workshop about the differences between children and adult prayer, and how to encourage and nurture children in their prayer lives.     

   The Center for Congregations offers a free downloadable PDF Children and Prayer

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This site introduces a way to integrate creativity and prayer, involving our bodies in the act of prayer.  Sybil MacBeth encourages Christians to express their prayers through drawing, especially when they can't find the words to express their prayers.

http://prayingincolor.com/praying-in-color-praying-in-black-and-white

Prayer Mantra – In “Praying Circles Around Your Children” Mark Batterson encourages parents to pray the same, specific prayer over each child continually. As one parent shares, it will not only shape how the children view themselves, but it also helps the parents to see God’s hand in their lives more often. 
Courtesy Nancy Song-Stears 

Prayer Hands

This website lists some great prayers that families can pray together as a discipline. http://christianity.about.com/od/prayersforspecificneeds/qt/familyprayers.htm 

Courtesy Chrystal Heiser

NTS LOGOTim Crutcher offers his reflections on parenting as a spiritual discipline at the
NTS faculty blog: "I have found in my own life that the single greatest tool God has used for shaping my spiritual life has been something exceedingly ordinary. For me, parenting has been my chief spiritual discipline." Read more at the NTS blogsite 

If your family is not able to participate in daily devotions, perhaps you would consider making time for devotions during special times of the year.  One time for this would be during lent.  Here is an example of a family Lenten Devotional you may desire to use:

Family Devotions for Lent
http://www.kimberleeconwayireton.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/family-devotions-for-lent.pdf

Courtesy Lori K. Neely

The Discipleship Place offers marriage devotionals designed to help spouses draw closer to God and in so doing become more spiritually intimate with one another. Written by Dr. David and Lisa Frisbie, you will find these devotionals rich in content and encouraging! http://thediscipleshipplace.org/index.php?option=com_daily_study&study_id=16&Itemid=201&type_of_devotional=1

Focus on the Family offers several devotionals to be used during family meals. Crystal Bowman, Tricia Goyer provide an introduction, titled "How to Use These Devotionals," that begins: Busy, busy, busy! Many families today are on the go so much that it's hard to get everyone around the dinner table long enough to share a meal, let alone hold a meaningful conversation. If this describes your family, make the most of the times when you are together. Use these brief readings to grab everyone's interest and get them interacting in lively, often hilarious, conversation!

The following PDF article by Angela Andrews for SDMI summarizes key contributions from the book The Power of a Godly Grandparent: Leaving a Spiritual Legacy

godlygrandparent.pdf

One approach for thinking about faithful homes includes "practicing" our faith. Now the term "practicing" can mean "rehearsing" or "preparing" as in practicing a play or basketball practice. However, the deeper notion of practice might be "living into" a set of activities that provide both skills and character, such as the "practice" of sculpting, or a medical "practice." Faithful homes often need practices: activities that both provide a deeper sense of meaning as a family while shaping our spiritual and moral character within the family itself.

Read more: Practicing Our Faith

Minnesota Pastor argues taking faith at home more than a program but a ministry and even a mission. He writes:

Therefore, our vision and mission is to find ways to nurture faith in the home.  We began simply by making available free resources for the home; devotional books, prayers, and even suggestions for worship in the home.  Second, we began to encourage the use of the "Four Keys for Christian living" from The Youth and Family Institute in Minneapolis which is now called "Vibrant Ministry" in Bloomington, MN that encourages each home to engage in: (1)Daily Caring Conversation; (2) Daily Devotion and Prayer; (3) Regular Worship, Rituals, and Practices; (4) Service.

See more at http://www.takingfaithhome.blogspot.com/2012/10/taking-faith-home-not-program-but.html

Forming Faithful Homes

  • Choosing resources around practices: worship, fellowship, service, witness, discipleship
  • Recognize and using the gifts of the Holy Spirit and virtues of faith within and beyond family.

 

  Exchange for different strategies for helping families grow in faith

Read more: Faith Formation Learning Exchange