Some of my favorite memories with my kids and husband are the annual events that we’ve made part of our family tradition. Tradition is what binds a family (or friends who are like family) together through the years.
In the summer, we join the same swimming pool and have many fond memories of playing and resting there together. In the fall, we make the same trip year after year to a favorite local factory to enjoy their “tasting room” and tour of the facility. We rake the leaves together and take pictures in the piles… a tradition we’ve had since our daughter was a newborn.
Winter brings traditions around Christmas and fun in the snow… movies we watch, foods we make, and songs we sing. Springtime in our home includes traditions like preparing to plant the garden, special cleaning projects and Easter celebrations.
But there are also the traditions of daily life. We might call them habits, and although these may not stand out distinctly, they are very formative in the lives of our children. Do we prioritize eating dinner together as a family? Do we read together at night? Do we joyfully serve one another (most of the time)? Do we include Bible reading and Family Time as part of our regular routine?
Our family is the sum of both these everyday events and our traditions. And when we take intentional time to be thoughtful, we can quickly see how all of these pieces of our family matter to God. He, in fact, is in every moment, every word, every experience, every meal or movie or chore… and we should acknowledge and welcome Him!
As Christ-followers, it’s imperative as we raise our kids that we help them to understand as the great theologian Abraham Kuyper once said, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine!’”
So, whenever I encourage parents to begin Family Time as a part of their family’s faith formation, I recognize that this is not just an opportunity to have a once a week experience, but a greater opportunity to help families make Christ a part of ALL their lives. Once we begin to talk about God, read His Word and enjoy learning Biblical Truths together at home, it will permeate our lives, grow our faith, and bond us together.
What family traditions and experiences do you need to ask God to transform in your home? Where can you ask him to enter in and bring peace, love, and joy to your family?
If you need a jumpstart, try using our free family activity today with your family. You can find a new one each month at Family Time Training.
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things have been created through him and for him.
By Jenna Hallock
Wife to Mark
Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Family Time Training
Check out the NEW Family Time Training Team Curriculum DVD series!