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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Hiding the Word in their Hearts

I just love this picture!
I think all kids should have plenty of time to make tents in their living room, don't you? Even if they collapse on you because your baby brother pushes the chairs down on top of everyone.
But this post is not about tents, it's about teaching our kids to study the Word.
This has been an evolving process. We have done different things, and as they are getting older, hopefully we are adapting to their abilities.
Last year, I did the Bible story, memory verses, and prayer time with them all together in the morning. It was a wonderful way to start our day! But Treston got louder at the breakfast table, and Justus more demanding, and this became very stressful.
In addition to that, Rusty was not apart of their daily Bible teaching, and he really wanted to lead out in that.
So we moved to this school year, me doing their AWANA verses with them over breakfast, and praying, and Daddy teaching the Bible Story and discussion at night.
And while that has worked well, I have always felt there was something missing in the morning for them.
So lately, I have asked Emma and Jax to go find a quiet spot in the house and take a Bible story book with them. I told them to look at a story (maybe the one we studied the night before) and then spend some time praying.
I have been amazed! When they come back, I ask them "what did God teach you this morning?"
One morning, Emma said "God taught me today that I shouldn't build myself up, I should only build God up." AMEN!!!!! She read the story of the tower of Babel. So we expounded on that, and it was good!
The next morning, I asked her again, and she said "God taught me that I shouldn't worship idols." AMEN!!!! So we talked about, what could be potential idols in her life that could become more important than God, and how God and pleasing Him has to stay #1. It was awesome!!!
I thought, how many grown-ups got that much out of their Bible Study time this morning?
I want to equip them to follow God for life.
If Rusty and I get up early to spend time alone in the Word and prayer, I want to teach them how to do the same. I want them to wake up every day of their life, and find personal time in the Word the most natural thing in the world to do. Like breakfast.
At ages 5 and 7, they are more than ready. It blows me away! We under estimate their relationships with God sometimes. They are insightful, and they hear His voice. Maybe clearer than we do sometimes.
I cling to these verses, as I ask God to show me how to teach them how to follow hard after God.

Prov 22:6
6 Train a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Ps 119:9-11
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.

If you guys have other things that your parents taught you, or that you are teaching your kids about the Word, I'd love to hear about it.
And now, I'm off to run 10 miles. What? That's crazy! I hope I live to read your comments.


Jennifer Bacak said...

Here are those two passages in the Amplified. I really like it!

Psalm 119:9-11
9How shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed and keeping watch [on himself] according to Your word [conforming his life to it].
10With my whole heart have I sought You, inquiring for and of You and yearning for You; Oh, let me not wander or step aside [either in ignorance or willfully] from Your commandments.(A)
11Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

Proverbs 22:6
6Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Anonymous said...

That is amazing! What a testimony to raising your children in the truth! I am so so so excited to see God work in their lives :)

Garratts said...

Making tents was one of my fav things to do as a kid. I forgot about it til I read this.

We will definately be doing this soon.

Love it.

And Mike and I both think there should be AWANAS for adults.

Jenn said...


i ran 9 miles again at the rec today! i was encouraged to do so after your post! and i signed up for the 1/2 marathon.

.. you inspired me!

Kathryn, Michael & Alex said...

So good. I love when they quote scripture and remember it and use it appropriately!!!
Their little hearts are like sponges and eager to hear from Jesus.

Marcus and Meg Asby said...
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Marcus and Meg Asby said...

Your kids are going to be superstars.

Humble, other-serving superstars, but superstars nonetheless.

Cindy Seay said...

I am crying as I read this - young hearts that love Jesus and want to be more like him - I pray for my grandkids to love the Lord and love His Word and what an amazing thing to see it happening before our eyes.