Last year, my wife told me of an added benefit when I had to travel away from home for a few days. All the kids were missing daddy (I don’t travel alone often), so the audio CD was put in the stereo while they played. All four kids played a little more happily with the sound of daddy’s voice sharing the truth of God’s Word with them!
Putting together these simple recordings isn’t difficult AND can be very rewarding! It doesn’t have to be studio quality. I will cover some specific ideas on how to do this in Devotions with Daddy - Part III.
It is my conviction that children be led by their father in this area of their lives (1 Cor. 11:3). It doesn’t mean that mother cannot help remind the children to have their quiet time or that mother cannot be there to read the passages when Daddy is away. But it is a time that needs to be father-led and father directed.*
In closing, there will be times when keeping up the consistency of your normal, every-day, routine is going to be difficult. Sometimes family Bible time, individual quiet times, or early morning Proverb/Psalm reading will need to be changed up a bit. During times of travel, illness, or when you are hosting people in your home, it is normal to expect some disruption in the schedule; there is constantly a need for flexibility. It is good to remember that the schedule is there to help us and not to hinder us!
*I realize that there will be circumstances diferent than ours in which the father is absent physically, relationally, emotionally, or spiritually. In these cases, what should the mother do? This is a great question that I would like to address, to the best of my ability, in Devotions with Daddy (Part IV). - Eric