Be encouraged! Faith is both taught and caught.
Your own love for God’s Word will have the greatest impact over time. And since God is in every moment of every day, the possibilities for teaching are endless!
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.” When the Lord gave the great commandment to his children in Deuteronomy 6:5, he also gave the context for teaching his Word: “These commandments are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up…”
In other words, in the everyday moments of life.
So fill your own heart first. You can then pour out what has been poured in. The Holy Spirit uses God’s Word as “vocabulary” and will bring scriptures to mind that you need in particular moments.
Then, pray for eyes to see the opportunities the Lord provides during the day to teach your sons and speak God’s Word into those opportunities. Your children will learn to experience and apply the truths of the Bible in their daily activities, apart from more structured teaching times.
Your desire for your sons to love and live the Word honors and pleases God, and he gives you a promise you can claim: “…so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
God is faithful. He will honor his Word no matter where, when or how you are teaching it.
“Lord, thank you that your Word is alive and active. Help this precious mom see the opportunities for teaching her sons to love you and love your Word in the daily moments of their lives.”
Laura Lee Groves
Moms, it starts with us. If we’re living and breathing and praying God’s Word, our children are going to be surrounded by it. Even when the calendar is full, God’s Word can go with us. There are SO many resources for on the road or at home. Moms, I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments. I’m sure you have activities and videos and resources to share.
Here are a few ideas:
- If you’re on the go. In the car? Play your or the kids’ favorite praise music. There are some great Bible memorization cds out there, and your children can memorize verses as they sing.
- Going to an appointment or something that involves waiting time? Choose activities to take along to entertain the kids, bring Bible story or coloring books along.
- Have you seen Armed With Truth temporary tattoos for kids? Apply before a busy day, then spend waiting or driving time working on memory verses and practicing reading skills all at the same time!
- If you’re at home? Although moms want to limit screen time, when you do use it, make sure it’s reinforcing biblical values. Moms out there, chime in with your favorite Christian kid dvds.
- On a not-so-busy day, plan ahead for the crazy days. Make a list of five or ten Bible characters or godly characteristics you want to foster in your kids. Announce the Bible character or characteristic of the day at breakfast, and have your kids be on the lookout for it all day. Encourage them to be or see honesty, kindness, prayerfulness that day.
- Start a family memory verse tradition, with a new verse each week or so. If everyone is working on it, including Mom and Dad, God’s Word is not going to be far from your minds!
Make God’s Word a vital part of your life, Mom. If you’re filled up with it, His Word will easily spill over on your kids.