A "devotional time" or "quiet time" is a few minutes set aside, usually daily, to spend focused time with God. It can be done both individually and as a family (some suggestions, here and here). It is a great way to refocus and grow a bit spiritually on a daily basis and throughout the week. These times often include Scripture reading, prayer, and reading a resource that helps direct the time. Try to find a regular time and a quiet place. Here are some suggestions to making the most of the time:
Have you wanted to spend some time with God but you're stuck in a rut?
WHAT KIND OF BIBLE SHOULD I HAVE?
The Bible is God's Word, and doesn't change. But there are many different translations of the Bible, and kids may actually benefit from having different Bibles at different period of times, because they change and develop in how they read and understand the Bible.
In our English worship service we use the 1984 version of the NIV Bible. Like the Chinese Union version, it has been very popular but is becoming outdated, and was refreshed in 2011 with some slight differences. There is a newer, more readable version called the NLT which uses language that is easier to understand for youth. Being a bit more friendly to teenagers, it is more likely to be read and understood on their own, especially with Bible study helps. There is also the ESV version, which is an accurate and more literal translation. It is generally recommended that youth have an NLT Bible, though if they already have an NIV Bible it may be fine to use. We have several kinds of NLT Bibles supplied at the church for immediate purchase. If your youth is in the last year or so of high school, relatively mature, and quite motivated to read their Bible on their own, you could consider buying them an ESV for their future years of study.
Here are some general suggestions for Bibles for kids of different ages in our church:
"One Year of Dinner Table Devotions and Discussion Starters: 365 Opportunities to Grow Closer to God as a Family" by Nancy Guthrie (Amazon/CBD)
"Pillow Talk for Couples: Drawing Closer Before the Lights Go Out" by Les Parrott and Leslie Parrott (Amazon)
"Night Light: A Devotional for Couples" by James C. Dobson and Shirley Dobson (Amazon/CBD)
"21 Days to a Great Marriage: A Grownup Approach to Couplehood" by Henry Cloud and Dr John Townsend (Amazon/CBD)
"The Love Dare" by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick (Amazon/CBD)