4 Ways to Help Kids Develop a Regular Personal Quiet Time

I’m thankful that I grew up in a Christian home and church where establishing spiritual disciplines was stressed. Even as a young child I knew that it was good to have a regular quiet time, to read the Bible and talk with God. I’ve not always been faithful to do this. There have been times in my life when it was easier and times when I really had to struggle to make time for a quiet time. But I know that I’ve been blessed in my relationship with God when I do have a regular quiet time. So I really wanted to pass on to my kids the importance of a quiet time.

On the other hand, I don’t want quiet time to just be something they check off on their daily to-do list. I want it to be a time that is meaningful to them. Taking just ten minutes to read Scripture and really think about it and follow it up with a focused, deliberate prayer can be more powerful than staring blankly at the Bible page for thirty minutes with nothing really sinking in. So how can we help our kids to develop a regular personal quiet time that is really meaningful and that grows their relationship with God? Here are a few ways I’ve found over the years.

I’m also sharing two new Bible resources from Zondervan that I had the opportunity to review. If you’re looking for resources to encourage your kids in a quiet time, these would be a great place to start.

Disclosure: I received free books in compensation for this post. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own. 

Model the importance of a personal quiet time.

I could stop here. Really. Modeling a regular quiet time is probably the most important of all of these suggestions. If your kids see that you are regularly in God’s Word and that your quiet time is meaningful and important to you, they are going to be much more likely to want to try it for themselves. You can tell them the importance of quiet time over and over and over, but if you aren’t showing them, it doesn’t mean very much.

What if you get up early in the mornings before your kids and have your quiet time? What if you do your quiet time during kids’ nap times or after the kids go to bed? You don’t have to make a point of broadcasting the fact that you have a quiet time if the kids don’t see it. But you can work it into regular conversation. “When I was reading my Bible yesterday, I found out…” Or, “Mrs. Smith isn’t feeling well. When I have my quiet time, I’ll make sure to put her on my prayer list. Maybe we can pray for her together now.” Make sure the kids know that you have a regular quiet time and that it’s important to you.

Start a designated time of reading the Bible together.

Although it’s my ultimate goal that my kids will develop a time when they independently read God’s Word and pray, we’ve made a point of doing this together from the time the kids were really young. We have a morning devotion time as part of our homeschool day. When my oldest kids were still doing school, we did this all together before everyone split up for the day. Now I only have my two middle school girls who haven’t graduated, and I do Bible/devotions with them at the start of our homeschooling day.

Give kids an unscheduled time that they can use for their quiet time.

Life is busy. And in our culture we tend to be constantly running here and there. “Home” schooling is often a misnomer because we aren’t at home; we’re on the road going to classes and sports and activities. In all of the chaos, we don’t have time for a quiet time, and our kids don’t either.

We need to make sure that we have unscheduled time. We and our kids need time to just be still and quiet. When we have the unhurried, unscheduled time, it’s much easier to make time for a quiet time to be with God.

Make sure that kids have Bibles and Bible resources they can understand.

Most Bible translations and many devotional books weren’t written with kids in mind. And it can be difficult for beginning readers to stumble through words they don’t understand and devotions they don’t relate to.. If kids are struggling with reading and understanding, they’re not going to be a diligent in having a personal quiet time because it’s just frustrating to them.

Fortunately there are some great Bibles and devotional resources for kids. I had the chance to review two of these from Zondervan recently.

NIV Beautiful Word Bible for Girls

The NIV Beautiful Word Bible for Girls is a beautiful NIV Bible with 500 illustrated Scripture verses throughout. The pages are made of high quality paper, and there are places for girls to journal as they read Scripture. There’s an index of the illustrated verses available at the back. And the font is big enough to make reading easier.

The Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations

Do you have kids who love hands-on activities and projects? The Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations is a way that they can connect with God’s Word. This book has 60 fun hands-on activities appropriate for kids ages 8 and up. The activities are all illustrated and explained in a step-by-step way. Each activity has a coordinating Bible verse and biblical takeaway point. The activities include such things as geocaching, learning sign language, doing Bible crafts, and more.

Both of these resources can help kids get into God’s Word and establish a regular personal quiet time.

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