Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Family Worship {part 1}

Family worship seems to be a lost discipleship in Christian homes in America. Why is this?

1. We're extremely busy. Many families function on the fast track. I know for ours my son gets home after 4 p.m. {legally we can't homeschool him} and we have about 4 hours until bed. Prior to bed he has to complete his homework, eat dinner, shower, get ready for bed and have time to play and burn energy. That's a lot to do in four hours! Other families have to throw practices and games in the mix.

2. It's difficult to start. If family worship isn't built into your daily routine such as eating dinner and brushing your teeth then of course it's hard to default to having family worship. Just like anything new it's hard to set a pattern or a habit of anything in the beginning.

3. Overwhelmed by options. There are numerous devotionals we could use or so many songs to choose from, so many that you may feel overwhelmed. You may not know what to begin with.

4. Waiting for the initiation of your husband. Some wives long to have family worship but, their husbands have a hard time with leading the family in worship.

5. Children don't want to be apart of family worship. Some children simply won't sit still or would find this boring so families don't force family worship on their little {or big} kids.

Next week I plan to combat these 5 reasons which may be keeping you from family worship. Can you think of any more reasons the 'American Christian' home has lost this important worship? Do you struggle with any of the five I mentioned?

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  1. I can't wait to see what you have in store! I'm also very happy to see you back up and running again!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  2. Another reason people don't have family worship: they don't think family worship is important. Prayer before meals is "good enough."

  3. Becky, thanks! Yay, I'm back online lol I'm still having some issues {twitter, linking mail etc} but, at least I can blog :)!

  4. Cassandra, why didn't I think of that lol! That is def. number 6! Thanks for reminding me of that one. Lots of people think that they go to church and worship/learn about God and to worship as a family and wonder why they should do this at home.

  5. When our priorities are not straight, we can get overwhelmed. Don't have a routine/schedule in.

    By praying and seeking God and listening to his Spirit, we can determine when worshiping would be a good time. Trying to throw it in here and there will never work, just like reading the bible, if we stuck to a routine or schedule, I'm sure it will work out most of the time because we know when to expect it.

  6. Good points! I'm looking forward to reading the next part.:)

  7. I just discovered your blog today and I've enjoyed it so far! I was wondering if I'd somehow missed part two to this post. :)