Fun and simple ways to connect with your kids and build your faith at home during the week.
1. Cross Challenge
Play a seek-and-find game during the week. The objective is to find as many crosses hidden in everyday life as possible. Think telephone poles, signposts, seams on a basketball, and tons more. The goal is to make the game a habit, so you are continuously looking for crosses-and constantly reminded of Jesus. Share your findings at dinner each evening.
Scripture: "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of [our] faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls."
2. In With the Good
Give each family member a card with Philippians 4:8 printed on it. Ask them to think about the activity they do most-listen to music, watch TV, play video games, cook, etc. Ask each person to place the card on the object or in the area where he or she does the activity. During the week, challenge family members to think about the positive side of their favorite activity and try to find one thing related to that activity that fits the verse and honors God, such as cooking food for family members, keeping in touch with friends, or choosing TV shows that have a positive message. Have them write what honors God on the card and keep it visible as a reminder to choose things in our lives that honor God.
Scripture: "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things."
3. Water: The Purifier
Give each family member a bottle of water with the Scripture and questions attached. Tell everyone to refrigerate their water and drink a little each day, making it last a week. Ask them to read the verse each time they take a drink.
Then during a meal, discuss these questions:
What do you think the "living water" is?
How is Jesus like or unlike the pure water in these bottles?
Why is water so important to us?
Why is Jesus so important to us?
How can we use water to remind us of God?
Scripture: "Jesus answered and said to her, 'Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.'"
4. Start With Jesus
Challenge one another to choose one weekday to begin the morning with Jesus-before they do anything else. Pray together or do one thing that honors Jesus. Talk about the difference between the days they begin with Jesus and the days they don't.
Scripture: "Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
5. Everlasting Light
Give each family member a decorative note to post in a room they all frequent or a place where every family member turns on and off the light.
Each time people flip the light switch, ask them to look at the note and remember that God offers a glorious light that'll never burn out.
Scripture: "The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; But the LORD will be to you an everlasting light, And your God your glory. Your sun shall no longer go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself; For the LORD will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended."