Question: I'm wondering how quiet times work in your house? Do you read the Bible together at a certain time of the day or does everyone do it on their own? What time of day do you all do it - morning? Noon? or night? And do you have a certain way you like to read your Bible - like using a certain Bible study guide, reading through the bible in a year or journaling?
Answer: We read the Bible each morning together as a family. My husband and I often read and study the Word together and older children have their own personal time as well. As a family we read through the Bible from cover to cover and when we get to the end we start again! We love it! We discuss what we read, answer questions, look up words the children may not have known with our 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary as well as look up other’s thoughts through commentaries. My favorite commentary being, Matthew Henry. We don’t try to get through the Bible in a year. We just read it faithfully each day and discuss it as the Lord leads. This last time it took us about 18 months to get through the Bible. There were days we read one chapter and others that we read four or more chapters. There were times that we were finished in 20 minutes with our Bible time and other times that we took 4 hours!
Along with our “through the Bible reading” we will read the “Proverbs of the day”. If it’s the 10th then we read the 10th chapter of Proverbs. Normally the children split up the verses and take turns reading. At the end of each chapter, each family member says what verse meant the most to them, or what verse they liked most. Then, a child will write “their” verse on our wipe off board that sits in the main room. They enjoy this task each day and often decorate the board as well!
That’s it! Simple yet powerful and effective.Our family Bible time is the center of many of our favorite family memories! The most important thing is that reading the Bible is a priority in you home! Let your children see that you will set other things aside but you will not push your time in the Word aside!
Hope those ideas help! May God be made strong in each of our homes!
With much love,
Mrs. Joseph Wood