Just Say No to Devos

Wendy Douglas —  October 2, 2010

EDITOR’S NOTE: Welcome to the 4th day of Orange Week 2.0 here on Kidmin1124. In this post, Wendy Douglas shares something that didn’t work and what they did about it. For other Orange Week 2.0 posts, please check out

One of the things that we tried after attending the Orange conference was online family devotions to better equip parents during this time with their kids. Well I will just say it…it failed. Hardly any families were utilizing them, and the ones that were using them weren’t really happy with the content or format.  It was time to rethink everything from the devotions themselves to how we were making them available.

So, you know what we did? We started asking parents questions. Like what are you looking for? How much time do you have? Where will you doing them? Once we had those answers, we started brainstorming on the content and delivery of family devotions.

This verse really is the key to family devotions.

And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Looking at this verse it gave us some great ideas for diversity in delivery. Think of something that can be used at home and also something that can be used while out and about in the morning and/or in the evening. Well, why stop at just one way? What if we had several options like a bookmark that could go in Bibles or a card that could hang from the rear view mirror in cars? We needed something that was adaptable for most families to do whenever and wherever they can. This is still a work in progress as families are ever changing so the devotions must adapt also, but at least now we don’t have to just say no to devos.

What have you tried that didn’t work out as you had planned?

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Wendy Douglas

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Wendy is married to a warrior for the last 18 years and Mom to three boys. She volunteers in KidzPlace at The Gathering Church in Sevierville, TN. She reads almost anything she can get her hands on. In addition to contributing to Kidmin1124, she maintains her own blog called Saved Sister at http://savedsister7.blogspot.com/.

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