It’s surprising how quickly Jesus is being removed from American holidays. Based on this, we should be resolute to celebrate our Savior even more fervently than in years past. More so, we must insure Jesus, and His Word, are taught in our homes. Throughout the years Bre and I have picked up little ideas from others that help us keep Christ central in our home. These ideas must be complimentary to morning Bible reading, family devotions, and scripture memory, but really help stir the soul. I’d love to hear a few of your ideas as well!

1. A Praise Board

Every day of the month, we write down what we’re thankful for and post it. The items may be big things, little things, serious things, or funny things. If this board is placed somewhere you stand a lot (i.e. the sink where you wash hands), you’ll often reflect on all God has done. Then, when the month is finished, take a quick photo, and keep it somewhere special! “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever…”

2. Pictures of Heroes

Many families put up a few pictures of themselves. However, it is spiritually invigorating to put pictures up of spiritual heroes! Who are the men and women who’ve come before and carried the burden of faith so you could know Christ? Place the image of that faith hero up and allow their eyes to peer upon your daily activity! “All these people died, still believing what God had promised them…”

3. Posting Family Values

Its important to sit as a family and discuss the core values which drive your decision-making. Then, its important to keep those values in front of you. Are you a family led by Scripture? Do you have a theme verse? Do you have a motto? Print them out and post them around the home. Maybe, you can even find a creative design on Pinterest! “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage…”

4. Obedience Charts

This one is for families with young children (unless wife feels husband needs help also). There are laminated charts called “If-Then” charts which provide cartoon style images for children explaining “If” they perform a certain behavior “Then” this will be the proper consequence. Many of these charts also have great bible verses attached. Put them on the fridge at eye level and children begin to have their choices framed around biblical clarity. “Children obey your parents because you belong to the Lord…”

5. A Prayer Place

IMG_20151208_200034520When families are young, its noisy! It’s difficult to find space or time to pray. I encourage choosing a closet (walk-in if possible) and let everyone know that it is officially a prayer location. Then, a simple sign outside the door, allows the family to know if it’s “in use” or not. They say Susannah Wesley (mother of John and Charles) used to get so flustered with her kids that she told them, “When mother goes under her apron, it’s prayer time, don’t dare make a sound!” “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door…”

Posted by Anthony Wood

Anthony is Pastor of Mission Bible Church in Tustin, CA, and has authored the books Defining Church & Defining Family. He’s married to Bre, and they have three children. More @AnthonyGeneWood

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