Redeeming the Time

Has anyone had some extra time at home or with family lately? Most people’s schedules and plans this month have been affected by efforts to avoid the spreading of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Because of this, many now get to experience unanticipated time together as a family — so let’s make it count! If that includes you, here are some ways to make that family time meaningful for eternity:

1. Pray. Gather your children and intercede for family or friends, first responders and healthcare givers, leaders, missionaries, and those who are already infirm. Remember to use these days to pray for God to intervene on their behalf.

2. Listen. Gather the family and listen to an encouraging message. The messages on embassymedia.com are a great place to start! Check out the series that children love such as Dr. Jobe Martin’s Creation Proclaims. The vivid video clips of animals that Dr. Martin uses to illustrate the irrefutable evidence of the Genesis account of creation is powerful. You and your children will also be fascinated by the recently produced Legacy of Faith series featuring Otto Koning. You can view the entire library of messages by signing up for a free month of access.

3. Grow. Spend time together in the Word and in worship. After reading a chapter of the Bible, give every family member a chance to pray out loud. Finally, have every one select a verse of a favorite hymn or Bible song that you can sing together. If you need to, turn on music and sing along, or pull out the instruments and make a “joyful noise to the Lord.”

4. Dramatize. Using stories or characters from the Bible, let parents go first in charades! Remember, the more you get into it, the more fun everyone will have!

5. Read. Find an inspiring biography of a great Christian and read it out loud with expression.

6. Fellowship. While enjoying dinner together as a family, ask each person about a favorite memory they have of time spent together with each other (bonus: you can even make it a themed dinner by selecting a particular country or era to “enter”!).

7. Learn. Find a documentary or an educational film about great Christians that you can learn from by watching together.

8. Explore. Get outside and go for a walk, a jog, or a spontaneous fishing trip!

9. Create. Put on a family talent show!

10. Reminisce. Go through old photos together. If you can, display them on a big screen and talk about them as a family.

11. Play. Table and board games or puzzles can be so much fun! Pictionary and Catch Phrase are great places to start!

12. Venture. Go on a drive in the country together as a family.

13. Compete. Have a friendly cooking contest. For an extra challenge, limit ingredients to only the basic things you have on hand.

14. Clean. It is fun when everyone pitches in, and it is not too early to do spring-cleaning! If your house is already spic and span, turn to your cars and give them a wash, wax, and a vacuum job.

15. Garden. Get outside to do some planting or landscaping. If weather keeps you indoors, plan a home improvement project.

16. Encourage. Make cards to send to people who need a word of appreciation or encouragement. Start with elderly relatives or friends, first responders, or medical personnel.

If you like these ideas or have one of your own, forward the ideas to a friend or post them on your social media accounts. Let’s use this time to strengthen your family in the Lord!

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