Summer break is around the corner and I want to do more Bible Time under a shady tree drinking lemonade with my Children. I need ideas and I thought maybe you do too. So I invited Kortney to share with us what she does. Kortney will be spending the next two days talking about the importance of implementing a plan and resources.
Meet Kortney and her lovely family
Kortney Stanis is married to the man of her dreams, and is a mom of three little ones. Writing is a relatively new hobby that started by writing anonymous prayers a few years ago. In her spare time, she relishes reading great books while eating chocolate and drinking lots of coffee. You can connect with her on twitter @kortneystanis or at her website http://www.vulnerableprayers.com
This is what Kortney says about her blog!!!!!
” Vulnerable Prayers started as a way to share what God was teaching me. I realized that I had gathered knowledge of God but was afraid to share it with anyone else. By blogging, God has helped me gain courage to share His Word both on the internet and in real life. Vulnerable Prayers has developed into sharing snippets of Gods Word and how to follow God through our struggles and joys.”
Has being overwhelmed prevented you from starting a project? Oftentimes I get overwhelmed with things such as cleaning the dishes, or writing a blog post, or making a change to our family’s eating habits. It sometimes just seems too overwhelming to start. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with teaching my kids about God. How do I make God understandable? How do I help them memorize God’s word when I have a hard time memorizing? Just like I have to start with just one dish when I clean the kitchen, we have to start with one slow step at a time as we teach them God’s Word.
Teaching your kids tidbits of scripture is truly good for them, and good for us as well. Teaching Bible stories with your kids helps both you and your child to learn the stories, providing a framework for the entire family to have God speak truth into your life about a certain situation. I want to share God’s Word with my kids. It is important to continue to persevere in teaching them the scriptures. If you go for a few months but then life gets too busy, the teaching can get put on the back burner and forgetten about. It is important to pick it back up and start again. We have to continue to build a foundation of scripture in their little lives, so that when they grow older and are faced with the pressures of this life, they can turn to God’s word and have it guide their path.
We hide God’s word in our heart for many reasons. “These commandments I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them upon our children. Talk about them when you sit at home…. ” (Deuteronomy 6:6,7a) We also help our kids hide God’s word in their hearts to that they do not sin against him (Psalm 119:11). We train up a child in the way they should go, so that when they are old, they will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6) We are learning right along side them about God’s word, and it has the power to change our hearts. When we follow the principles laid out in God’s word, it causes us to more freely let go of anger, bitterness, pride, gossip, stress, worry and depression, in exchange for the fruits of the spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self control. I want my kids to experience love, joy and peace! So if I want that for my children, I am going to be teaching them the principles of God’s word that shows them how to have love and joy and peace.
Sometimes I feel hypocritical teaching the Bible to my kids. I have a hard time loving my enemies and doing good to those who hurt me. How can I tell my kids to do these things when I myself struggle do them?
This is the reason we teach them the Bible. We are pointing to a higher truth than us. We are pointing them to truth that does not change, and to a God who forgives all of our sin and cleanses us. We serve a God who sees how we struggle with things and offers us the solution. He shows us how to not be bitter and instead forgive. He shows us that he created us, and that we are loved. and don’t need to bite into the lies. We can use verses to combat the lies taught to our kids. Take for example the lie taught to our little girls that beauty is everything. We can combat that with this verse: Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised . (Proverbs 31:30) I struggle myself to believe the scripture, but I certainly and most definitely want to point my children to the truth.
This is part one in a series of two blog posts on teaching your kids the scriptures. In my the next post I will share a few ideas and resources to help you teach your kids the Bible.