Children are like sponges. I am amazed at the way they retain information! It is during these early years that we have the opportunity to pour the truth of God’s word into their hearts both in formal and casual ways. First let’s talk about the formal ways we can teach our children scripture:
“Talk about it when you sit at home.”
1. Read the Bible one meal time a day. When my children “sit down” for breakfast or lunch I pull out our “kitchen Bible” and read to them. Often times I only read 2-3 verses and then we discuss it and move on to other chitchat. I don’t belabor the points or make it a drudgery. They love it!
2. Have your children write scripture. My children are beginning writers – they are 5 and 7. Rather than having them practice their handwriting by writing their ABC’s or meaningless sentences, we write out scripture. This summer we are tackling the book of 1 John together. Our goal is to write out the entire book. I am writing it out along with them. As we write, God’s truth soaks into our souls.
4. Memorize Scripture as a family. There are many ways to go about memorizing from charts and stars to index cards and memory notebooks. The method makes no difference, it’s the repetition.
Choose passages of scripture that will benefit them for life to memorize. Find verses on fear, worry, hope, joy, salvation etc. A good place to start is Genesis 1:1, John 3:16, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:8,9, Psalm 1 and Psalm 23. Be sure you are memorizing along side of them.
Next, Talk about it “when you walk along the road.”
To read ways to “talk about it along the road, when you lie down, and when you get up”- visit Muthering Heights where she featured the rest of this article yesterday!