Looking for some inspiration for your family? It can be difficult to navigate through all of the options available at this time. Here are two inspirational publications for families, aimed at helping them grow closer to God. The first is Nature Friend, a monthly magazine. The second is Keys for Kids, a ministry focused on reaching children with God’s Word.
This publication has been in print since 1983. Nature Friend is dedicated to “helping families explore the wonders of God’s creation.” Each monthly magazine has a drawing lesson! This link shares a few examples, a white-tailed fawn, a chipmunk and a blue jay:
In the 2020 Readers’ Issue (Volume 38 Issue 6), there are twenty-six drawings by children all over the United States and Canada. This particular issue has articles written, tips on ways to explore nature, and photography by children. This is a publication my school had in the library. It is not only beautiful and informative, but it points our nature-drawn hearts back to the Creator.
“20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20 ESV
This ministry has many parts. They offer daily devotionals. These can be delivered to your home or read (and heard) online each day. Here’s a picture of the July – September 2020 edition.
Their online radio station has many options including daily devotional recording. More than devotionals, Keys for Kids shares ideas on family time activities, daily Parent Minute audio recording, Storytellers, and access to international ministries.
If you are interested in reading devotional material in other languages, you can access them by following these steps:
1. Go to the Keys for Kids devotional page
2. Click on “Global” in the toolbar.
3. Click on “Languages” from the TWR360 page
4. Choose your preferred language (there are 82 choices)
In July 2019, Keys for Kids began Unlocked, a devotional for teens. Young authors can also submit their writing. Their website allows you to order the print version or to read and listen online. Previous devotionals are available and can be listened to as well. If your child is thirteen or more, is a believer, and shows interest in writing, this might be a great opportunity for him or her! I recommend reading previous devotionals before submitting work.
Wherever our families are at, God invites us to walk closer to Him. As a child my family read the Bible to us and Keys for Kids was part of our devotional time as well. I hope that these inspirational publications are a blessing for you and your family.
What devotional does your family recommend? Why?
How have inspirational articles and publications helped your family?