A friend of ours sent this link to us and I wanted to forward it on as well. With it, she said, “Kids won’t remember their best day of TV or video games, but they will remember family times, family events, family vacations, family projects, family ministry, etc… My Christmas encouragement to you is for you to plan to use your time and money to create meaningful family experiences rather than just giving lots of stuff. ”
She is so right! There is great insight in this article about giving experiences. 46 Ways to Give Experiences Instead of Stuff and Why.
I want to add the importance of spending time together experiencing God’s Word. Nothing has helped our children enjoy God’s Word more than the Family Bible Library. I know this sounds like a commercial, but having family devotions with the FBL has helped our children experience God’s Word for over a decade. People would ask us how our kids know so much scripture. FBL is the answer. I can’t help but share what I know works for us and many other families. (Sample below.)
How much are you going to spend this Christmas giving your family something that deepens their faith over the next decade? Give experiences and not just stuff.
Helping you have homes devoted,
This was sent in a previous email:
Click here for a “thankful” devotion you can use as a family. I wrote some personal notes on the pages as well. It’s a Bible passage (Luke 17: 11-19) in story form with some questions to ask. There isn’t any prep or crafts to organize (although reading it through once helps you know which questions are best for your family.)
Find a time, like at a meal or before bed. Read the story with your children (even teenagers) and close with a thank you prayer: “God, I thank you for ___________.”
This story is taken from a resource called the Family Bible Library which we have used for 14 years. It’s a fantastic 8 volume set that spans Genesis to Revelation. To learn more about the FBL, click HERE. (You may want to think about purchasing it as a family Christmas present that will bless your family spiritually for years to come.)