This is my first of a few promised posts to help incorporate spiritual growth in our family time.
The other night, we had sword drills. For those who may not know, we grew up having sword drills in church and school. This is how it's usually played: everyone puts their Bibles (swords - Hebrews 4:12) in the air and the "drill master" calls out a Scripture reference. When he says "charge" everyone looks for the reference and the first to find it stands and reads it aloud.
Well, I don't know if anyone has ever done it the way I was inspired to do it the other night. We did it the "regular" way, but once the verse was found and read, it was acted upon. For instance, the first passage was Psalm 92:1 - "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High." After we read that, we went around the room and everyone named something they were thankful to God for. Then, we sang a song of praise to our Lord (oddly enough, "Praise Him, Praise Him, All Ye Little Children").
Some other verses we did, or will do in the future:
Romans 12:15 - "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep." We each named something that made us happy and the rest of us clapped to show our rejoicing with that person. We opted out of the weeping part, but I did explain that we were to do that whenever our brothers and sisters are sad and hurting.
Hebrews 13:1 - "Let brotherly love continue." Everyone went around the room hugging one another - they loved it!
Psalm 47:1 - "O clap you hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph." Everyone claps their hands for the Lord and shout "Amen" or "Praise Him." Get the kids to get used to praising God out loud!
The Psalms are full of different verses you can act upon - singing, praising God, naming His commands, etc. Spending time in the word and getting the kids to learn their way around it can be fun! Be creative. Think of some you can do with your family and let me know of the verses you think of so we can add them to our list, also!