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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.

Take Devotional Time From “Have To” to “Can’t Wait” With a Christian Gift Store

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The Saints Devotional Bible

Can a Christian gift store help change your life by helping you maintain daily quiet time in prayer? Absolutely, and in several exciting ways.

There’s no doubt that starting out on a daily quiet time of prayer and scripture reading is completely rewarding, both now and for the rest of your life. Yet it can be difficult to stick with it daily and to not view this as a “have to” time of the day – but rather a “so glad I get to” time of day.

Jesus spent time alone with his Father on several occasions in the Bible, both to refocus on His ministry and to pray for people. The Bible tells us about praying both in the morning, and at night: Luke 6:12 says: “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.” In Isaiah 26:9, the focus is on nighttime prayer: “My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.”

If you are setting out on a daily devotional time, look for a Christian gift store to find some helpful and meaningful resources:

  • Start with a beautiful bookmark you’ll love to find daily. The Printery House offers a brightly-colored bookmark called “Each Moment is a New Beginning” – perfect for moments when you feel like your devotion time has fallen to the wayside.
  • Consider an item you can hold in your hand, such as the Comfort Cross made from olive trees from the hill country around Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
  • Get a journal to write down your thoughts and prayers; you can find everything from leather to handmade paper covers at many online religious gift stores.
  • Set the same time and place each day, and tell others about your actions. They can encourage you and will likely become inspired themselves to have a devotional time.
  • Want to know more about the Saints? Try The Printery House Saints Devotional Bible. Believers have studied examples of the Saints for hundreds of years to strengthen their faith and learn more about the Bible. The inspiration you can find in this devotional can be great food for thought the whole day through.
  • Consider a special candle for your devotional area. Lighting it can draw your thoughts toward prayer and the Scriptures and remind you that Jesus is the Light of the World.

However you decide to move forward with your daily devotional time, don’t feel like you have to have the “perfect” setting – the main point is to encounter a deeper relationship with God through prayer and studying the Word. If you commit to pushing through the challenging times, you’ll find this is one of the most rewarding times of your day, and you won’t want to miss it for anything.

Want more ideas for your daily devotions, or to encourage others through hand-designed Christian and Catholic cards? Check out the cards and gifts offered by The Printery House, a Benedictine monastery in the hills of northwest Missouri.

Encouragement From a Care Package: Religious Gift Ideas

 

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Message Blocks Set of 3

It’s nice to open packages on your birthday and Christmas. It’s fun to receive gifts
at wedding showers and baby showers. But there is a lot of life lived in between those standard gift-giving occasions and, frankly, there are lots of days when a small present could really make the trek a bit more cheerful. An unexpected care package is fun to put together and when you use some of our religious gift ideas, it can also become an opportunity for ministry.

College kids are packing up or have already gone. Moms and dads did their best to fully equip their scholars before they left, but chances are something was forgotten. Put it in a care package along with some other ‘just for fun’ items. Microwave popcorn, a Starbucks gift card and a daily devotional that takes just a minute or two to read (Jesus Calling is one example) and a bottle of multivitamins turn a school-supply package into
a hug-from-home.

When friends are feeling under the weather or are recovering from surgery, it’s a great time for a care package. The package can start with a great Get Well card that includes words from Scripture. But your sick friend might enjoy getting a new Christian music CD along with some tea bags. You could go one step further and whip up a batch of Russian tea mix and tuck that inside.

A friend’s (or co-worker’s) move is another care package opportunity. Along with a home made casserole – if the person lives in town, these care packages could include a book of Blessings and Prayers, message blocks that read Peace To This House, or lovely hand-crafted soaps.

Just Because care packages are perhaps the most fun to assemble. They can include religious gift ideas such as a new journal, a book of printed prayers or a Psalter, bookmarks with bible verses printed on them, or a printed copy of your favorite Christian blog post. If your friend likes to cook, send along a new kitchen gadget, a great new recipe and a stack of recipe cards.

If your friend is musical send an iTunes gift card, new earphones and the printed words to a favorite hymn or praise chorus. Some friends share our passions for things like chocolate or coffee. Chocolate-covered coffee beans, small packages of flavored coffees and a decadent chocolate bar would make anyone’s day better.

Care packages for in-town delivery can include fresh or frozen food items. For loved ones too far to visit in person, consider wrapping each little item individually and tying it with a pretty bow to make the experience last. Use enough bubble pack/peanuts/crumpled newspaper to protect the items you send.

Finally, it isn’t only the religious gift ideas you come up with that will make your care package meaningful. It will also be the prayer that you pray over the package before you mail it or deliver it that will bring blessing. If you need some religious gift
inspiration, visit The Printery House and find your own ideas for creating your one-of-a-kind care package.