I decided to start a blog after talking with a couple of people about how to teach little ones God’s Word. A friend told me she just didn’t know where to start. A grandmother said she wanted to teach her granddaughter, but didn’t know where to start. There is a need for teaching children the Word of God, and I want to help in ANY way I can. (Thank you Debbie for the encouragement to do so!) I love hearing how people get their loved ones in the Word. I love swapping stories and hearing what works in other people’s homes. I thought this would be a good way to share with others what we do around our house. A good way to share what God has shared with us. We do not know what tomorrow brings for we are but “a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes“ (James 4:14), so let us “make the most of every opportunity” (Ephesians 5:16).
I am by no means any kind of expert. Our family tries to follow what the Lord wants us to do, we mess up, and then we try again. It’s that simple. My hope for this blog is that we are encouraged together, ideas are shared, and that along the way you’ll find something you can use to teach children the Word of God.
I have a 3 year old, 19 month old, and a 3 month old. We love the Lord in our house. A lot. Two years ago the importance of teaching my children the Word of God was put heavily on my heart. I heard a woman speak passionately about it and it changed me. The Lord spoke to me that day and I came home and immediately began praying about where to start with my daughter who was 17 months at the time.
I always thought I would teach them the Bible when they were older. Maybe when they could read it themselves, but the Lord put it on my heart to start NOW. This verse spoke to me:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7Impress 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. 8Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
I knew it was MY JOB to teach them the Lord’s commands. To teach them how to love Him. My duty. Not the church’s, but mine. I was with my children. I was sitting at home with them. I was walking with them. I was putting them to bed. I was getting them up. So I knew it was what I was supposed to be doing. It was what I wanted to do. Being in the Bible, being washed by the Word, changes lives. It gives peace, understanding, joy. I very much want my children to have these things. Very, very much. Only God can give these things to their fullest degree, so I knew we had to start getting them in His word as soon as possible. NOTE: I have to love the Lord my God with all MY heart before I can begin with my children. I can tell them the Word all day long, but I have to be living it out so they SEE it in action. “Keep putting into practice all you learned and received” (Phill 4:9). I have to stay plugged into the Vine so he can bear fruit in me, for I can do nothing apart from Him. I fail every day. I react instead of respond. I punish instead of correct. But thankfully God is abounding in love and grace. But each day I TRY.
God can use even the smallest of children for His glory: “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12)
“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.” Psalm 119:9
I have a book in my hands that can help my children way more than my husband and I could ever do by ourselves. It will teach them how to love the Lord, how to love others, how to be kind and compassionate, how to have character and faith and decency, have joy, have peace, be hopeful, how to get through trials, how not to be selfish, how to treat others, how to stand firm in their beliefs, how to stay out of trouble, how to walk in paths of righteousness, how to be precious to God, how to get wisdom, how to be strong, how to be courageous, and how to have LIFE! It’s the “how to” of all “how to’s!” Of course I want my children to know these things! Let me start NOW!