Sunday, January 19, 2014

Kids and the Bible

Our faith is the foundation of our lives and our family.  It is our hearts' desire that our kids develop a love for God and his even a younger age than we did.

We don't want to our kids to view the Bible as a book of rules or stop at memorizing the names of the 66 books. As Jefferson Bethke says, "The Bible is not a rule book, it's a love letter."

We want the Bible/Word of God to be:

a lamp unto their feet and a light unto their path (Psalm 119:105)
their well of living water (John 7:38)
their daily bread, their bread of life (John 6:48)
their comfort in times of brokenness (Psalm 34:18)
the mercy they need in failure (Lamentations 3:22-23)
their strength in times of weakness (2 Cor. 12:9)
their help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16)
their source for character transformation (Romans 12:2)
....and SO much more!

So that our children may be:

pure in heart (Matthew 5:8)
strong and courageous (Deuteronomy 31:6)
 compassionate, humble, patient and kind (Colossians 3:12)
trees planted by the water and yields fruit (Psalm 1:3)
women who fear the Lord (Proverbs 31:30)
loving - doing ALL things in love (1 Corinthians 13)

In order for these things to become part of the very breath they breathe. In order for the living breathing Word of God to help form and transform their daily habits and character, it takes time and intention.  This is not something we can cram in 1 hour on Sundays.

Developing a passion and understanding for God's Word comes by reading, discussing, praying, understanding, singing and memorizing and meditating on the Scriptures.  And we, as their parents have the great responsibility to lead them in this journey. 

I wanted to share some of our family's favorite resources that make learning and understanding the Bible fun and simple:

(These are Bible verses made into songs. Catchy tunes help make learning the verses SO easy peasy.)

Other helpful resources/links:

The girls LOVE this song by Phil Joel (former Newsboys member). It's the Old Testament song a.k.a Ice Cream Song) Check it out here. We jam to this in our car : ) Who ever would of thought you could jam to the books of the Old Testament?! 

Daily Audio Bible Kids - an audio daily Bible reading for kids (and adults)

Awanas - an international program that works with churches and parents to develop spiritually strong children

I hope this post has helped inspire some to become intentional in leading children in the greatest "job" we'll ever have on earth - discipleship.

What are some fun and helpful ways that you have implemented Scripture into your daily lives and time with your kids?  We'd love to hear.

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