So we decided to try something we've never done before. We video chatted them into our den where we opened their presents "in front of them" via computer. I think we actually used Skype that day. It was pretty amazing.
Apple created an app for it's computers, phones and tablets called FaceTime. FaceTime allows you to have a video telephone conversation or chat.
In a day when texting seems to be the mode of the future, FaceTime really shines. While personal, face-to-face conversation is usually the best way to go, it isn't always feasible. FaceTime allows us to see the person's facial expressions along with hearing their voice giving us some body language.
Studies show that 90% of communication happens through body language as opposed to only 10% through just verbal. There is some debate about these actual numbers but even if it's close, it makes my point. Our communication is much more effective when we can see the person in part or full. As a result, our conversation is more honest.
God wants to spend 'face time' with us each day. Moses did this serving as a great example. (Exodus 33) Jesus' example is found in Mark 1:35
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (NIV)
God wants to communicate with us effectively and honestly.
Find a good place. Set a time and guard it tenaciously. Go in with a plan but hold it loosely. Meet with God face-to-face. You'll end up with a more effective and honest conversation with the One who created you to know and be known by Him.