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Christian Gift Stores Help You With the Tools to Teach Your Child a Habit of Personal Devotions

Not by Bread Alone (2012)

Not by Bread Alone (2012)

Most of human behavior is learned through mimicry. Language is acquired as babies imitate the sounds they hear around them. Children learn to say “please” and “thank you” as they observe parents using them. If you want your children to get to know God through personal study and meditation – you can show them how it’s done and they will learn from watching you.

Here are some ways to help you, the parent, teach and train your child(ren) in this lifelong discipline. Christian gift stores can help you provide the tools that you could use to help in the process.

1. Example, Example, Example
The power of personal example is hard to overstate. Your children can learn best by seeing you reading your Bible and spending time alone in prayer. For many Christians down through the centuries, the best time for an unbreakable appointment with God has been in the early morning. That is not a command from God, however. If it is easier for you to be faithful at night, then go with what works best. The important thing is to carve out time for your devotions on a regular basis.

2. Show Them How, Then Turn Them Free
At first, it may help a child to join you for your devotional time. This will probably mean cutting your own time down to suit their shorter attention span. Look in Christian gift stores for a child’s devotional bible that they can quietly read to themselves in the room with you. Many of these bibles have questions for thought included.

3. Family Bible Reading
Family devotions can also serve as a springboard into personal devotions. This means more than simply reading a bible passage. It means talking about it and putting yourself (or them) in the position of the hearer or the speaker. It also involves asking one another what the passage teaches us about God or what it says about how we should live. This kind of thoughtful reading habit will serve your child well in personal times of bible reading.

4. Prayer as Devotion
Teaching your child to pray for themselves is an ongoing process. Early on, you can pray for your child at the table, at bedtime and through the day. However, it’s a good idea to let them speak prayers as an act of devotion as soon as possible. Check out the tools to help with this at Christian gift stores. Bedtime prayer dice or table prayer dice can be fun ways for young children to read prayers. Later on, invite children to learn to speak to God about what they read in the bible. Your model of simple prayers based on what you’ve read in the Bible will help him see how to start conversation with the invisible God.

As your child grows, bible study materials and devotional materials from Christian gift stores can also be added in. You make time to teach your children how to tie their shoes, make their bed and cut their food. You teach them how to say “please” and “thank you”. Teaching them to spend time alone with God is so important. Visit The Printery House to find more tools to help you. We offer a wide range of personal devotion tools to help your child develop a special quiet time habit.

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Getting Your Family Organized in 2014 All Starts With the Right Calendar From an Online Christian Gift Shop

 

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2014 Desk Calendar Wall Calendar Combo Pack

If there is someone on your Christmas list and you can’t decide what to give them – a 2014 calendar makes a great gift. In fact, when you pick up a calendar for someone else, grab a couple for your own home as well. Calendars are the perfect tool for bringing chaotic schedules back under control.

Think about it. Bobby has a music recital. Susie has a sports banquet. Tim has a church event while mom and dad promised to deliver packages to needy families – with all that is going on it is easy for a home to feel like Grand Central Station. Just one person’s schedule can feel stressful at this time of year, scheduling for multiple people sometimes feels like overwhelming!

You can find lovely calendars at a Christian gift shop and The Printery House has some beautiful choices. They come in all sizes and with artwork to appeal to every kind of taste.  Here are a few suggestions for making the most of the calendar to get your family organized in 2014.

1. Ask your children for papers from school, church, clubs and sports teams any time they come home from those events. You still won’t get every piece of communication, but you will get more than if you didn’t ask. Put that information (about parent meetings, games, and other events) onto a wall calendar where everyone in the family can see. Do this as soon as possible.  Calendars on the refrigerator or next to the door where you leave are typically high-visibility locations.

2. Get everyone into the habit of checking the calendar at the start of the day.

3. Keep a smaller calendar on your desk or in your purse so that you can update on the go. Be sure to sync the two calendars each day.

4. Always write in pencil. Things happen and events get moved. Sometimes, the dental appointment must be cancelled.  If you have several children, use a different color pencil for each kid. That way it is easy for them to see if they have anything going on each day.

5. If you write down the address, contact phone number and any special instructions on the calendar, the pile of excess papers that grows on the kitchen counter can be leveled.

6. If you waited too long to buy an Advent calendar this year – don’t make the same mistake next year. Buy your next year’s Advent calendar now. Advent calendars make a terrific gift for other families too.

If your home is in a bit of chaos at the moment, don’t assume that January’s arrival will resolve the issue. Picking out some family organization is just a click away. The Printery House is an online Christian gift shop and they have wall calendars and desk calendars all ready for the New Year. Desk calendars are trim and durable and lie flat on your workspace. One side is graced with artwork and a weekly calendar is on the other. Matching 2014 wall calendars have room for all your notes. And their selection of Advent calendars is hard to beat. Check them out today and be ready when the New Year rolls around.

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