I tried to be creative with family devotions when my children were young. My goal was for my children to understand that the Bible is alive, with the unchanging word of the only living God.
One of the ways that I came up with involved movement and role playing.
For example, I love Colossians 3:12, and wanted to make the verse come alive, so that the children could put it into use every day.
Col. 3:12 Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
I wrote the words …Tenderhearted Mercy….Kindness….Humility….. Gentleness….. and Patience…on pieces of construction paper, and duct taped them on my clothing. One on my shirt, one on my pants, one on my arm, etc. I had enough pieces of paper for each child to ‘wear’ them all. I then read the verse to them and we talked about the importance and meaning of each word beginning with the word, clothe.
Why would God tell us to clothe ourselves with those words?
The children walked around most of that day with the taped words on their clothing and explained to their father, at the end of the day, why they were dressed like that.
It was such an easy way to remind them, in the future, when they were not walking in kindness, or tenderhearted mercy, or patience, or gentleness, that they forgot to put on something very important when they dressed themselves that morning.
Some of my ‘brilliant’ ideas were total flops. This verse, about clothing ourselves with godly characteristics, was a success.
I’d LOVE to read what ideas you have used to talk to your children about the Bible!
Picture of two of my children battling mosquitos on a camping trip!
“How do you raise children who understand that the world does not revolve around them? How do you teach them to serve?”
My answer has been, and continues to be, the same. The only normal that our children know is what they see in their home as they are growing up. Children learn by doing. By living it. Does the family emphasize relationships and evangelism? Do they look at ‘serving’ as an integral part of everyday life?
If not, upon what does the family focus?
Is it their stuff? Is it their next vacation? Is it their employment?
A GREAT book that deals with this question, not only for our children, but for US, is Kristen Welch‘s, (from We Are That Family), new book Rhinestone Jesus, which will be released May 1.
I am part of the launch team for the book, and have just finished reading my copy. It is the story of a young wife and mom of 3 whose life changed after a trip to Kenya with Compassion International. She witnessed some horrific things that she could not forget. She saw people who needed God with skin. God was asking her to say a big YES, to HIM. In the midst of her daily life, God was asking the seemingly impossible, which could only be possible with HIM.
The book would be an excellent gift for Mother’s Day, but would be equally meaningful to all women.
I am so thankful that my parents lived out their Jewish faith. We lived in a modest home and spent much of our time and focus on those in need. My brother and I didn’t realize that not every family spends weekends helping the elderly, and that not every family worked at their local firehouse’s yearly bazaar, or that not every mother and daughter sewed and worked on crafts together to sell to raise money for the mentally challenged.
It wasn’t until I was 22 and had moved out of the family home to a different part of our state, did I realize that the people that I was meeting were not involved in volunteering opportunities. I was shocked. I immediately volunteered at a local nursing home and with the Office of Aging for the county in which I was living.
Marriage and children only increased the joy of serving. It became a time of family togetherness.
Am I listening to God? Would HE like me to do something new? Am I open to His leading? Am I willing to go outside of my comfort zone? Are my children listening to God?
I am agreeing with Kristen. I am saying yes in my mess. I will listen to God, and I HOPE and PRAY that my ‘yes’ takes on hands and feet and a voice to make the difference for HIM.
The book is a life changer. You can buy it here.
I am an Amazon affiliate, and will receive a small compensation if you decide to purchase the book from this blog. THanks
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