Over the last 6 months or so, I have been attempting to practice some of the spiritual disciplines I've been implementing in my life with my kiddos. Prayer and worship are the two disciplines we've decided to just focus on for now. Here's what we've come up with =)
After dinner every night, we sing songs and read one story out of a children's Bible. We dance and sing fast and fun kids songs and then sit and sing slower songs as well. All while talking about worshiping Christ. We try to ask lots of questions about the Bible story because the girls are very literal at this point! For example, last night, after some probing questions, Avery truly believed that if she lied, God would send her away from her family like He did to Cain! oops...need to remember to think literally about all the stories we read to avoid instilling fear in our kids =)
Every morning after breakfast, I get two candles out and give the girls a word to think about. (obey, truthfulness, self-control, etc...) Its usually a characteristic we have been working on. The word stays the same for the whole week. I then ask them to close their eyes, be really still, and pray in their hearts and ask Jesus to help them practice that characteristic throughout the day. Whenever they think they are done praying, they blow out their candle. They decide how long this lasts, and its usually a 30 sec to a minute thing. And the candle means nothing, except its fun for them to blow out the candle, and they tend to sit in stillness and silence longer when they have something to blow out when they are finished.
Not that they get what spiritual disciplines are and not that I expect them to, but we just want them to understand how to sit in silence with God or how to be still and just know He's God. One day we pray that these disciplines will be a channel for them to eventually discover not just salvation but the abundant life and relationship that Christ offers.