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15 Ways to Grow Your Family’s Faith During the Covid-19 Pandemic

What will you do with your family during your time at home in the coming days?

By Dennis Rainey

These are unprecedented days. Just think of it—less than two weeks ago life seemed fairly normal. But in these days of the coronavirus much of our normal life has come to a halt, and suddenly many of us suddenly find ourselves with much more time at home than we ever dreamed of.

Like many of you, our children are leading their families to adjust to this new normal.

Our daughter-in-law, Marsha Kay, is balancing our son out by creating a quieter approach to family time, getting out her fave books (like Little House on the Prairie) to read aloud, old board games, and ordering a puzzle or two.

Our daughter Deborah receives school assignments online for her girls, but she also keeps them busy with art activities, online dance classes, and chores (to earn tablet time). She says they like to bake together, and she talked about baking cookies for neighbors.

Another daughter-in-law, Stephanie, reports that she’s using the time to get her four kids (three are teens), involved in yardwork, painting the playroom, and closet purges. She also says, “I want to have each kid start a project that fits them that they can work on every day. Knitting, woodwork, cooking, something that they will look forward to.”

I’ve have realized that this Covid-19 outbreak may also be an opportunity in disguise. Remember high school … and those dreaded two words, “POP QUIZ,” when the teacher surprises the class with a test? I think this pandemic is a “Spiritual Pop Quiz” … a spiritual opportunity for you to grow faith and relationships in your family.


You, your spouse and your children/grandchildren may never experience anything like this again.

You may be feeling like you are stuck at home, but COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis of faith for singles, marrieds, parents and grandparents.

Psalm 78:5-8 tells us:

He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.

So here’s my question: Can God be trusted?

And if so, how can He use us in this moment? Will your faith grow during these next few weeks, or will it atrophy? What will carry the day: faith or fear? How can we use this time to be purposeful as we love one another, and lead our family to grow their faith? And how can we be on the alert for opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and how He has changed our lives?

What’s your game plan for this weekend? For the next week during the day? Evenings?

You’ve been given a gift of extra time at home. How can you seize the moment if this thing continues for a couple more months … or more?

Ask God, “What’s my assignment in this crisis for today, this weekend and then the next 60 days?”

People who do not know Christ are afraid. But for followers of Christ, this crisis is an opportunity for all of us to live out our faith in courageous ways and call others to do the same.

A lot of singles, married folks, parents and even grandparents have been given a huge gift of a schedule that has some serious margin in it … and it looks like this gift of margin is going to keep on giving for a while. So other than completing school assignments, watching movies or YouTube, or connecting on social media … what are you going to do with your spouse and children to grow their faith during this time?

And grandparents, listen up, we are not exempted just because we may live elsewhere from our grands! What’s your plan? How can you help your adult children just a little bit?

Have you asked God what your assignment is?

Here are a few thought-joggers …

1. ATQ

Use the dinner table to debrief at the end of the day with your spouse and children. Call this ATQ … “Answer the question.” Ask them, “How are you feeling as you watch all the reports or hear about the coronavirus on social media?” Caution: Don’t expect them all to be fast processors … allow them to think.

Our good friends, Jim and Cara, just shared with me that they called their adult children last night and asked them, “How are you feeling about all that is taking place around COVID-19?” Jim said, “I’m pleased to report that each of our children are not afraid. They are all trusting that God is in control.”

Dinner table or a call … ATQ.

2. Huddle Up Saturday

Call for a Saturday or Sunday morning “Family Huddle” at 9 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. (no sleeping in past 8:30) and do the following exercise:

· As appropriate, ask each person to look at their calendar and total up the number of hours in their week that once were filled but are now canceled. (Sports, practices, hanging out with friends, church, youth group, etc.)

· Ask each person to pray and ask God, “What are one or two things that You want me to do with some of these hours?” (Something they want to do.) And, “What are one or two things You want me to do some of those hours this weekend as a family to help others?”

· Get together as a family and share your answers.

· Discuss and explore how your family could join together and give some of those hours to others…reaching out to them, helping them, praying for them, getting groceries, etc.

· Post your ideas at #KindnessChallenge.

· Close your “Huddle” with prayer for one another and others.

3. Make this Easter one your family will never forget.

Take 45 minutes one evening this week and discuss, “Since we won’t be going to church, what are some ways that we could celebrate Christ’s death for our sins, burial, resurrection and ascension? How can we celebrate all that on Easter morning this year?”

A few quick ideas …

· Wear your Easter-finest clothes even though you’re staying home.

· Discuss: How does the message of Easter address our fears?

· Use your Journey to Easter Collection to provide plenty of great ways celebrate. If you don’t have it, go to to check it out.

Stay tuned…Barbara will be writing a follow up blog with even more ideas of how to celebrate and grow faith.

4. Cuddle up

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, so why don’t you grab a cup of coffee or tea with your spouse, find a quiet place, get cozy and separately read Psalm 145? As you read, jot down your answers to these questions: What does this Psalm teach about who God is? How does this Psalm relate to what’s taking place in your life with the COVID-19 crisis? What is one assignment that you believe God is giving you that you need to fulfill? And one thing that your family needs to purpose to do before Easter?

BONUS cuddle question: Take turns discussing how you are processing the crisis. Discuss how you and your spouse are different in how process these events? Discuss how these could events could cause tension or isolation, and how might that impact your marriage?

5. Cuddle up in a GREAT Hiding Place

This is one of Barbara’s favorites—it’s a book, called The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom. It tells the story of her experiences in World War II and the Ravensbrook concentration camp, and it teaches incredibly riveting lessons on faith and fear. Here’s what Barbara says about this book…

“If you haven't ever done this, might I suggest reading The Hiding Place out loud to all your kids of appropriate age (9 or 10 and above). Even if they've read it and roll their eyes, just keep reading. Mom and dad and even the k