Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions: 90 Faith-Building Ideas Your Kids Will Eat Up!
by Adventures in Odyssey Books
It’s no secret that sharing meals together is an important part of a healthy family, and Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions provides 90 conversation starters to help maximize that time together around the table. There are devotions for “any day” and others specifically for holidays or based on specific themes. The theme devotions include activity suggestions such as baking a treat together, going on a picnic and packing a rainbow salad, or inviting over grandparents or other seniors for dinner to emphasize the lesson.
I liked the brevity of the daily content. If we sat and read at our kids for 15 minutes during dinner, they’d pretty quickly “check out” and grow to loathe that family time together. As it is, we typically enjoy shared meals and just talking about our day. So in order for this to work for us, it had to be a bonus to any conversation, interesting, fun, and thoughtful, in addition to being Bible-based and God-focused.
This devotional works for that. Each day’s lesson begins with a one-sentence Mealtime Prayer prompt. Then there’s an appetizer with some fun questions to get the family talking (like “How many people from your family would have to stand on each other’s shoulders to be as tall as Goliath?”)
The Main Course covers the Bible lesson in a few sentences and refers you to Scripture for the full account. Then there are a few questions of Table Talk and finally the Vitamins and Minerals (a verse for the day).
Overall, this is a fun way to make mealtime an opportunity for meaningful discussion about God and His Word. My only wish is that the devotions connected in some way with Adventures in Odyssey other than just an intro by Whit and the pictures of characters on each page. Still, I can see how keeping these daily lessons short and sweet is part of their effectiveness!
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