4 Christian Family Bonding Ideas During Colder Months
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” – Psalm 133:1
Do you find yourself looking for ways to spend more time with your family this colder weather? According to studies, spending quality time with your family is vital for your kid’s growth and development. But, during these colder seasons, playing and spending time outdoors with your family might be freezing and challenging.
If you are looking for some activities that you and your family would love to do and beat the boredom in your home, here are some ways to spend time with your family in the comfort of your home with God as the center of it.
Have a conference with God in your home.
“He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.” – Acts 10:2
Keep yourselves warm with the Presence of the Lord and pray as a family. Invite God in the midst of your home and have a conference with Him. Have a Bible study, devotion with God — tell Him your prayer requests, hold hands together and kneel down to Him. “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” – Matthew 18:19-20. Teach your young children to read the Bible or some devotional books and help them discover the power of prayer. Sing praises to the Lord, talk about His Righteousness, grace and blessings to your family. Ask God to give you wisdom to lead your family better and pray that God’s love will shine through you and your family. “Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – Psalm 106:1
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” – Deuteronomy 6:6-9
One of the best ways to fight boredom during this colder weather is to declutter and decorate your home. Fill your home with bright and colorful things for the holidays and ask everyone to be part of your decorating. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17. Make your home warm and inviting by putting rustic and textured elements such as knitted throw pillows, fleece blankets, metal frames, wooden trays and other things that give you happiness. “Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” – Proverbs 24:3-6
“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.” – Hebrews 3:4
Spend some time in your kitchen.
“Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.” – Ecclesiastes 9:7
Fill your kitchen with love and laughter — cook a hearty and comforting meal during this season and get your kids involved in the kitchen by asking them to create a menu with you or to prepare the ingredients that you will need. You can also cook or bake using seasonal ingredients or harvest such as apple, pumpkin, squash, gourd, paprika, ginger and other spices — to feel the festivity of harvest. Getting your kids involved in the meal planning is one way to strengthen family bonding. “Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned.” – Ezekiel 24:10. Make your kids more excited and inspired to eat by setting up your table using your faith-filled tablewares and fill their tummies with delicious and healthy meals. “Everything that lives and moves will be your food. Just as I gave you the green grasses, I now give you everything.” – Genesis 9:3
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Have a family game night.
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” – Ephesians 4:3
Having a family game night at home during this colder season is a great idea to have fun and to strengthen your ties with each family member. So, invite your family in your living room and set your favorite board games such as checkers, chess, word game, Monopoly: Jerusalem, Journey to the Holy Land or Olive Wood Domino Set. You can also prepare some snacks such as cupcakes, cookies, hot chocolate or tea to make your game night extra special. “And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” – Colossians 3:14
You can also do arts and crafts at home such as scrapbooking, Bible journaling, coloring books or doing an advent calendar. Thus, make these colder weather will be a way to keep your family feel warm, secure and nurtured by telling them how much you love and care for them. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35 Cuddle and snuggle with each other and let these activities bring you closer; and to God even more. “I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.” – Leviticus 26:12