We are going to start with a scripture today and this one is for you momma.
4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6: 4-9
As parents, we are called to teach our children about the Word of God, the love of God, and the grace of God. It is our job to instill in them a biblical worldview. How do we do this?
- Model to your children. They need to see you spend time with the Lord. They need to see you reading the Bible and studying it. They need to hear you talk about what you read with them and with your spouse. It’s not just a book that we read. It’s the way we live.
- Read with them. Read the bible with your children. Do a breakfast devotional or a bedtime story from a children’s bible. Spend time with your children in the Word as often as you can. Read with enthusiasm and talk about it!
- Memorize scripture with them. My son is in AWANA and has a new verse each week that he has to memorize and recite. We work on it all week and when he goes to Awana, he is rewarded with a sticker in his book and badges for his “cubbie vest” for memorizing that week’s scripture. It is so awesome to hear him memorize scripture and weeks later still be able to recite it. When you work on scripture with your children though, don’t just memorize it. Talk about it. Why is it important? What does it mean? Get some scripture music cd’s and use these as a tool to memorize God’s Word!
- Give your child a Bible. There are some really great children’s bibles. The Jesus Storybook Bible is our favorite. We also have several toddler bibles and interactive bibles. We mix it up by reading from the different bibles and this keeps my toddler’s attention span! Use these in your devotional time with your children.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure. Isaiah 33:6
Hide your Elf along with a bible. Create either a little “treasure map” (it doesn’t have to be anything fancy!) or create some hints and send your child on a scavenger hunt leading them to your Elf and the bible. Talk to your children about how God’s word is a treasure in our lives. The bible is full of stories, but these stories are relevant today because they are true and because God’s word is the Living Word. Explain to your children that when we treasure something, it means that it is very important to us. We treasure God’s word because it guides us on how to live our daily lives, how to be more Christ-like and it strengthens our relationship with Jesus.
The words in the Bible are the most important words we will ever read!