Adding some intention to ordinary days

‘Tis the season for vacations! I’ve been on vacation – from blogging. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to get away this summer with your family, spending time building family stories. (You know; the sagas that start with: “Remember the time…”)

lots of air time at the state fair

You planned your vacation, right?

What about the other, oh-so-ordinary family-together-times?
  • Meals around the dinner table?
  • Trips to the grocery store, post office, and other mundane errands. (Maybe not with the whole family but at least with you and the kids?)
  • Chore time, reading time, or just hanging-out-together time.

All these seem pretty routine and ordinary. What about using them as a chance to build memories of a different sort?

Spiritual growth memories.

Can some intentionality be brought into play? (Let’s face it, raising kids takes a little bit of planning!) How about some of these ideas:

  • Perhaps at the dinner table you play a game that leads to discussion? (Try this one or some of these.)
  • Perhaps as a part of your next errand out you allow a certain happenstance (every dog seen or every blue car) to spark the announcement of a grateful. And let that lead into talking about how being thankful is good for your health! (Read here for other family-friendly ways to practice gratitude.)
  • Perhaps the next time you are chilling together you brainstorm a place in your home to remind you that God is near?

How are you using every day, even ordinary, non-vacation days, to intentionally work on building your family’s spiritual growth?


Photo credits:
A remember-when story in progress, by my niece, Sarah Clouse. Used with permission.

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