My 5-year-old loves what she calls “family time”. There is nothing she desires more. She would rather play cards with mom and dad or head to the library for an hour, than go to a party of watch a movie by herself. In fact, anytime we rent a “family” movie she will wait to watch it until we are all together as a family. Getting everyone’s schedules to coincide can be a challenge. For the most part, our modest family of four only has time for one meal together. Because of this, I always like to make the most of that time. Whether it’s telling jokes like “Why did the cow cross the road?” (to get to the moo-vies), or recapping our day’s highs and lows (kudos to my friend Carolyn for this idea), we always try to share something, even if it’s only for a few minutes. I really love Tyndale’s newest resource for families featuring Adventures in Odyssey. Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions by John Avery Whittaker (with help from Crystal Bowman and Tricia Goyer) is packed with “90 Faith-Building Ideas Your Kids will Eat Up!” Each devotion provides a Mealtime Prayer prompt, an “Appetizer” to break the ice and get everyone talking, a “Main Course” featuring a Bible lesson with related questions, “Table Talk” (more discussion questions), and “Vitamins and Minerals” or important verses to remember.
I recommend Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions for families looking for a way to make more out of their time at the table. It’s especially useful for busy families since the devotions are simple and can even be modified if your time is short. After you’re finished, you can always put it on the shelf and return to it at a different season in your life. As kids grow older, they will gain new insights and have different answers than they did before. For example, my 5-year-old may be afraid of her closet now, but that will probably change in five or ten years. This book is a wonderful one to hold onto. You can return to it for years to come.
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