Impress Them on Your Children

Parenting is a process- a marathon, not a sprint. Those who are closest to me know this is true, for they have seen me and my children in our natural habitat. They know the true story, the story behind the scenes that I don’t let people see on Facebook. (I should really do an “outtake” post.)

Because our family has chosen to use God’s Word as our baseline, Aron and I prioritize integrating it into our daily lives, teaching our children the promises we can believe in and the rewards that come through our faith-filled obedience. (It’s not easy to obey some of the things God asks of us.)

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 gives us a picture of how parents can plant the seeds of God’s Word into their children on a daily basis:

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”

This may look differently in each family, but I decided to share some of the resources that we use:

Adventure BibleNOTHING can replace putting a Bible into a child’s hands and letting them hold it, open it, flip through, and read it’s content.  We bought our two older children the Adventure Bible for Early Readers as an Easter present a couple of years ago.  We’ve been very pleased with it.  Sweet Tart loves holding and flipping through the tiny New Testament she was presented as a baby when she was dedicated.

Right now, we are doing a devotional with the kids right before they go to bed.  We use Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids.  {We ask our older two to look up the verses that are used in the writings.  For now, Sweet Tart holds her little New Testament and flips through the pages.}  I love these “letters” from Jesus packed with scripture and really relevant messages for children (well, anyone really).  I appreciate how they have enough content to make an impact, but short enough to keep their attention.

Devotionals

We have also loved the Jesus Storybook Bible.  I love how every single story points back to God’s Rescue Plan: sending Jesus to Earth to live, die, and rise again so that we can have a relationship with Him.

Devotional Covers

I truly believe that children will want to dig in their Bibles and value God’s Word if they are taught how to use it, its content, and its purpose.  I think a great place to start is teaching kids the books of the Bible so that when they open it, they know how to navigate it.  Something I’ve loved is a song used by the Awana program.  Our family doesn’t participate in Awanas, but I was searching through iTunes for a good song, and this was the least “hokey” version I could find. We’ve loved it.  It’s called “The Perfect Book.”  {A great way to help visual learners connect is to use a homemade poster listing the books of the Bible while they sing the song.}

Perfect Book Song

One of the best resources I’ve come upon EVER is the “Buck Denver asks…What’s in the Bible?” DVD series.  I cannot say enough about this series.  It’s a full on education about God’s Word. Please go to this link and watch the “Race to the Finish” video that gives a good idea of the content and value of this series.  Aron and I have been amazed at what we’ve learned along side of our children even though both of us grew up in great churches.  We love watching these together. I love knowing that, when I stick these DVD’s in to keep the kids busy while I finish something, that my kids are absorbing wholesome and useful info AND are entertained.  Please check it out…Sunday School Lady with her flannel graph is my absolute FAV!

What's In The Bible Series

Cover Volume 1

Volume 1 Back

{Jelly Telly, the company that produces What’s in the Bible, is a great resource to get to know the awesome characters and view some clips before you invest in the DVD’s.}

There are other things that can be done to teach God’s Word throughout the day that are FREE.  God’s Word is applicable in any situation, in any question that comes up, in any area of discipline or everyday living.  That’s where my daily discipline of devotions and knowing God’s Word myself comes into play.  Here’s where the rubber meets the road:  Do I really know God’s promises?  Can I weave God’s Word into any given conversation? Do I really know the “what” to my kids’ “whys?”

Thank God for His grace and patience with me and thank God it’s a marathon, not a sprint!

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