14 Aug How to Teach Your Children God’s Word
The other day, I looked at the world around me and thought, “How will my kids survive in a world that is so against God?”
How will my kids survive in a world that is so against God?
MORE THAN SURVIVE
The truth is, I want my kids to do more than survive. I want them to thrive and make their own impact on their world.
I know the key to that is teaching them God’s Word, but between the daily homework, basketball practice, and ballet, what time left is there for teaching our kids how to stand for Christ?
This world comes against the truth of God’s Word and if we don’t teach our children to love and respect the Word of God, then this world will teach them to hate and ignore it.
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When we look at the big picture, we can get overwhelmed and discouraged FAST. It feels like our mission as moms is astronomical. But if we don’t rise to the challenge in God’s strength, the risk is too great. Mama, your kids NEED God’s Word to be hidden in their hearts.
If we don’t rise to the challenge in God’s strength, the risk is too great.
I’m not just talking about memorizing verses or singing cute songs in Sunday School (although those are great too!). What I’m talking about is your child using God’s Word in their daily lives. The power of God’s Word has the power, not only to change your child’s life, but it has the power to change THEIR DAY.
When your son is afraid at school, what if he could stand strong and be courageous because he knows that the Lord is with him wherever he goes (Joshua 1:9).
What if your daughter wants to give up on her spelling test, but then she remembers that whatever she does, she should do it with all her heart because she’s really working for the Lord (Colossians 3:23).
Those are examples of young kids, but think 5 or 10 years from now.
What if that same son goes to college and all his frat buddies are going to go out drinking and he’s the only one who stands up because he knows, “If God is for me, who can be against me.”
Think of that same daughter, when a not-so-great guy asks her out and she is confident in the knowledge that she’s “fearfully and wonderfully made” so she patiently waits for the one God has for her.
See, when you teach children God’s Word, it’s an investment. Every minute you spend teaching them God’s word is an investment into their future decisions. The Bible says that God’s Word will never return void. His word will remain true and powerful.
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I KNOW I’M PREACHING TO THE CHOIR
The thing is, you already KNOW all of this. You know that it’s important to teach your kids God’s Word. And you WANT to, but when is there time?
I GET IT! My husband and I own a small business, volunteer over 8 hours (each) every week to our local church, attend school functions, he farms on the side, I have this blog, plus we have two young boys. We know busy!
That’s why I had to get creative and figure out when I could dedicate time to training up my boys.
We have teachable moments everyday when we pray over our food, when we have to discipline them, and when we’re tucking them into bed. But I wanted something more concrete.
FINDING THE TIME
I wanted a daily time that I could consistently instill God’s Word into the hearts of my boys, but when?
Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.” A great mentor of mine gave me this verse and said, “Take God at His Word. Ask Him and He’ll answer you and show you what to do.”
So I did! I asked God to show me a time that I could devote to teaching my kids God’s Word. He opened my eyes to see 8 minutes everyday that I could use to teach my children God’s Word.
On the way to school.
Eight minutes doesn’t seem like that much time, but think about it. Over the five weekdays, that adds up to 40 minutes a week. Plus, it’s a short enough time frame to not overhelm my 5 and 6 year old boys.
WHAT DO I TEACH THEM?
After I decided when, I had to decide what. What verses would I teach? How could I help them relate those verses to their lives?
I came up with 52 verses that were perfect for my kids. Then I prayed over each verse and asked the Lord how I could help my boys apply these verses to their lives.
Sounds like a lot of work, I know! But it was worth it!
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I’VE DONE THE WORK FOR YOU
I’ve put all these verses into an online program that you can have instant access to. For the cost of a couple value meals, you can grab this resource, click a verse and the program will keep track of what verses your child has learned so they can review what they’ve learned.
I’ve got your back. Each verse comes with an explanation of how your kids can apply these verses to their own lives.
The program is on an app, so you can download it to your phone and click on it whever you have a few moments.
Don’t worry… if you’re a paper person, I’ve got you covered! There’s a workbook you can print off too.
I even created audios of each verse and application so you can play them in the care. There are video tutorials, the whole works!
YOUR MOST IMPORTANT JOB
I want to help you help your children to learn God’s Word. They are the future of this world. Helping them hide God’s Word in their hearts is the most important job we have as moms.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to teach your kids their ABCs, how to brush their teeth, and what 2 plus 2 is, but nothing NOTHING is more important than instilling a love of God’s Word in the heart of your child.
Let’s move away from being fearful about our children’s future and instead step into a warior role. Let’s be determined to equip them to not only stand for Christ, but IMPACT others for HIM!