I ran across a great blog article today about teaching children Scripture. The thing that really struck home with me was that God has given us the solution to teaching children Scripture in the Bible:
“These commandments that I give you today 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. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
Teaching our children effectively requires much more than a designated “quiet time” to spend time memorizing verses. We are in relationship with a 24/7 God and we are to be continually finding moments throughout our day (while sitting at home, on the road, first thing in the morning, as we’re going to bed at night, etc.) to bring God’s word into play and see what God has to say about things as we’re shepherding our children. Which means, first and foremost, that WE have to be in the Word so that the Word will flow naturally out of us, regardless of the circumstances.
Anyways, the article is really great (and the author has some creative ideas for helping children learn Scripture) – you should check it out here:
Honestly, many of the things the author mentions are things I came to realize when shepherding my own son (i.e. I have to shepherd him in small “spurts” throughout the day as opposed to designated “quiet times”, he responds well to songs to help him memorize Scripture, he learns better when it’s FUN (who doesn’t????), etc.) That’s part of the reason I developed the “God Made Me” Prayer and Scripture cards because I found he was more interested in learning the Bible verses when I tied them back to how God made him and when he had pictures to look at. Additionally, the prayer cards gave me a chance to explain the Scripture (to ensure he was comprehending it, as duly noted by the author of the blog above) in a fun way as well.
If you are interested in the “God Made Me” Scripture and Prayer cards for your little one, you can find out more here:
Have a great weekend everyone! And make sure you make good use of those “small spurt teachable moments” with your young ones over the weekend!