Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Instilling God's Word In Our Children

Little minds are so impressionable! Instilling God's Word in our children takes effort, but is well worth the investment of our time. God says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17
that all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. We are so grateful that God has blessed our family to be able to send our children to a christian school to receive a christian education. God has also blessed us with a great church and Sunday school teachers that teach our children the Word of God, but it is ultimately our job as parents to train up our children in the way they should go. So many times as parents we think we are doing our part just by sending our kids to a christian school or taking our children to church. Whoever spends the most time with your children has the greatest spiritual influence. Mothers- No one can parent and raise your children better than you can. God blessed you with the children you have because He chose YOU to train them, to lead them, to protect them. How tragic it would be to send our children out into the world without a solid foundation of scripture!
There are so many ways we can teach our children scripture. Several months ago I bought a small primitive looking chalk board and hung it in my kitchen. Each week I try to write a different scripture on it. The kids look forward to finding a new scripture written on it. Another thing I made was a scripture jar. I typed up several scriptures on colored paper, cut them out in strips, and folded them. I then put them in a cute little jar that I leave out on our window sill as a reminder. Each morning before we eat our breakfast I let each of the kids take out one verse and read it outloud. While we eat breakfast we discuss the verse and what God means by it and how it applies to our life. I'm sure you could come up with more creative ways than I did, but that's what works for us. If you have any creative tips on teaching children scripture please share them with me! I would be glad to hear them!

Deuteronomy 11:18-19
18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

At a very early age we put a spoon in the hand of a toddler, teaching him how to feed himself. We must do the same with the Word of God, teaching young hearts and minds how to draw life-giving and life-shaping truths from its pages. Kay Arthur Youniquely Woman pg. 226

If you fail, father, to teach your son to fear God, the devil will teach him to hate God. If you fail to teach your son to guard his mind, the devil will gladly teach him to have an open mind. If you fail to teach your son to obey his parents, the devil will teach him to rebel and break his parent’s heart. If you fail to teach your son to select his companions, the devil will gladly choose them for him. If you fail to teach your son to control his body, the devil will teach him to give it over completely to lust. If you fail to teach your son to enjoy the marriage partner that God has given him, the devil will teach him to destroy the marriage. If you fail to teach your son to watch his words, the devil will fill his mouth with filth. If you fail to teach your son to pursue his work, the devil will make his laziness a tool of hell. If you fail to teach your son to manage his money, the devil will teach him to waste it on riotous living. And if you fail to teach your son to love his neighbor, the devil will gladly teach him to love only himself.
John MacArthur
Crucial Lessons for a Wise Father, Selected Proverbs.

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