I’m 25 years into my marriage and 21 years into parenting.
The single most important thing I ever did with my children is read the Bible with them them almost every day of their lives.
Sitting together around God’s word and talking, studying, laughing, praying, singing, etc. impacts all other areas of our life and has taught our children patience, etiquette, vocabulary, history, philosophy, God’s way vs. mans, etc. My children LOVE the word and KNOW a lot of it!
It’s priceless. . .
My intention is to keep that trend going as I can see the great fruit it has born in the lives of myself, my husband and in each child.
Initially, I led the Bible time and over the years, transferred the process to my husband. After lots of prayer and sometimes tears it is now a PRIORITY habit in our family. We all love our time together, daily in the word, and the time talking together about what it means.
Through time together around the scriptures, we learn so many things. A few that come to mind are:
- What God thinks vs. what we think
- Positive and negative consequences of behavior
- A contrast between foolishness and righteousness
- How great God’s love for us is
- How Jesus Christ paid the full price and how serving Him is something we do out of love and devotion to Him
- How practical and usable God’s Word is on life’s most frequently asked questions
Practically speaking, our children have learned to sit, focus and concentrate. They have learned to think on a deeper level and each of them are learning to read and write, using the Bible as their main textbook. They have learned to listen and in time to join in on discussions.
Jesus said “let the little children come to me.” Let’s don’t be the ones who hold them back. Take a look at Deuteronomy 4 and see the simple way God designed for parents to pass along love and respect for God and man.
May the teaching our children receive in Sunday School classes and church be the icing on top of the cake they eat at home! May they grow up and say they learned the gospel at the knees of their mother and father.