In my last post, I talked about how it is important to read God’s word to our children to teach them the truth that will stay with them during their life. I want to share with you some ideas and different resources to help us instill the love of God in their little hearts. If you didn’t get a chance to read this post you can click here https://communitymoms.wordpress.com/2015/04/16/teaching-children-about-scriptures-in-the-bible-post-1/
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Commit to teaching your children about God’s word. Yes, they will hear it at church if you attend, but they need so much more than just an hour per week to learn about God. When they are very young, start out with a simple Bible that they can understand, such as The Beginners Bible for two and three year olds, or The Jesus Storybook Bible, which is one of my favorites. As they get older you can actually start reading them passages from the pure Word of God. I have just barely started this with my six year old. It doesn’t have to be long passages, but I believe that it is important to actually be reading them the very words of God. The Lord says that his word will not return to him void but will accomplish what he set forth for it to do. (Isaiah 55:11) We need to be inputting God’s word so that the Holy Spirit has something to draw from as he will guide them from the words that our kids have heard.
Another idea for your older kids is to invest in an Bible story book that does not contain as many pictures. This helps make sense of the Scripture in an easy format to read but at a slightly higher level. We use The Children’s Story Bible. I have personally enjoyed reading from this and as an added bonus I glean things out for my own life when I read to my kids.
There is power in memorization. Kids can so easily soak up memorization. Since I have gotten older, I struggle to memorize one verse and hold onto it! However, I still remember the verses that I memorized as a child, I can still say them, and they truly have been hidden in my heart by the power of the Holy Spirit. I want to pass that on to my children. I want them to have that first layer of framework that the Holy Spirit can use. This will be especially helpful for when they are older and are facing peer pressure and other difficulties in life. God’s word is so deep that you can go to the same passage multiple times and still learn something new each and every time. If that first layer of framework is not there, they will have to start at ground zero when they are older. I want to help them learn right now what it means to “love your neighbor as yourself” to “do good to those who hurt you” and to “keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies”.
Have many tools in your tool box. I not only have storybook Bibles that I try to read at night with my kids, but I have CD’s that sing only scripture. There are two series that I love, one is the Hidden in My Heart series, and the other is the Hide ‘Em In Your Heart. My kids love and enjoy both of these. I try to input in their life as much scripture as possible. My oldest daughter goes to Awanas which is also a very great tool. This is actually not at my church, but at church close to our home. There are Awanas all over the country. It is a place that she not only enjoys attending, but also helps me have a great format to help her memorize and learn God’s word at home. This is very helpful for me since I am not an overly organized person. This helps me to stay on track by encouraging her to memorize her verse each week as well as follow along in her book with the Bible stories.
I use not only the CD’s I mentioned previously, but I also have an ABC Scriptures printout that a friend laminated for me. These are great little verses for my three year old that goes through all the letters. She absolutely loves learning these verses. This is not a chore for her. She loves learning them, and holds on to the verses in her memory. I also create my own songs to sing to them about the verses, or use hand motions to help them learn.
I encourage you to take one point that I have shared here and try to put it into practice. Decide to turn on a CD that speaks Scripture, or read a Bible story, or place your child in Awanas or some other program that teaches scripture. Let’s train up our children in the way they should go!
What are some resources that you use to teach your children about God and His Word?