We’re excited to have Family Time contributor Kelly Stewart guest blogging today! Check out some more of her tips for having a backwards-themed family night.
Family nights are not a new concept. We began having themed family nights three years ago, as a way to be strategic and focused in spending time as a family, having fun and teaching God’s Word in a fresh way. We knew they required planning and thought, communication and a willingness to go the extra mile. We have had good nights, and even some stressful ones, but we have created an environment in our home that has our children eager for time together as a family.
Backwards Family Night was our first official themed Family Night and it remains one that my children continue to talk about today. We made great memories due the amount of laughter we shared when we all came to dinner with our clothes on backward and stumbled around walking backwards. They also LOVED eating under the table but their absolute favorite thing was eating dessert first! This is an easy win for you as a parent because who doesn’t love eating dessert before your meal?
The devotional in this month’s Family Time is based on Mark 9:35. At this point in the life of Jesus, He was trying to prepare his disciples for his coming death and resurrection, yet they did not fully comprehend what He was telling them. The disciples were more concerned about who was the “greatest” among them.
“No, I am greater! I walked closer to Jesus on our way through Galilee, He must like me more!”
After being caught by their Savior, He sits them down and gives them a new definition of what it means to be Great! He points out that those who are “great,” put others first and serve those around them. What a reminder for us as parents of what it means to be “great” for our Savior, but also for our family. Spending focused, intentional time, building your relationship with your children around God’s Word, may not always be easy or go the way your imagine in your mind, but it will build the foundation of “greatness” for your children. Take the time, put it on the calendar and have a fun night with your family. I can’t wait to hear about your night.
Jason & Kelly Stewart are the proud parents of four children and love to share fun family nights together. Jason has been on staff at LifePoint Church for nine years, and they are currently serving at their campus in the Seattle area. They are the creators of the ministry Family Muscle, which focuses on building strong families through strategic and intentional living.