How to create pockets of daily reflection for kids
This week I’ve been reminded again and again of the need to slow down.
The other day I was taking a walk by myself, and I was finally quiet enough and undistracted enough to hear God prompt me to do something very specific. It had been a while since I had experienced God’s nudging so profoundly. I knew without a doubt that it was what I was supposed to do.
This experience got me thinking about the need to carve out more time for quiet and slowness. I also wondered if there was some way I could help my kids create these habits in their life too.
Because if there’s anything I want for them, it’s that they would know how to recognize God working in their lives.
So, this year we’re using The Adventure Journal to help our kids carve out some quiet and reflective space. I chose this journal because it would also double as a sort of keepsake for the kids. They would have a nicely bound journal to use to look back on their childhood. The cute foresty friend theme helped too :).
Everyday after school, I feed the kids a small snack at the kitchen table while they journal about their day.
This journal has a 2 page spread, allowing the kids to answer some simple, but reflective questions about their day.
- What did they like about today?
- What was hard about today?
- What are you praying about today?
- How did you show love today?
- How do they feel today?
- How does God feel about how you feel today?
The journal also includes a memory verse on top for each week. This week’s was “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever.” We’re all learning it together, which makes for a great collaborative environment :).
Opposite of the questions, the kids can draw a picture about something from their day, and add some sort of description.
We’re a week into our routine and the kids are enjoying it. They like to talk to me about what they’re writing, and Aly and Ada ask me to write some of their answers for them. I’m happy to because it gives me a chance to process their day with them.
My hope and prayer is to help guide them in creating pockets of quiet and reflection that are fun and meaningful for them.