You Remembered Your Shirt But Forgot Your Patience……

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, IMG_1815that 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!

Bonni is the author of Mom By Example

About Bonni

What happens when a Jewish girl from Philadelphia falls in love with and marries a Christian hog farmer from a small rural town 85 miles from her home? Well, in my case, I became a Christian, but struggled to be the loving wife and joyful mother to my 4 young sons. This blog was born in order to share one tip a day that I learned, that could now help other moms learn to handle life with patience, grace and joy!

3 thoughts on “You Remembered Your Shirt But Forgot Your Patience……

  1. Wow! I love this idea. I may post-it note myself with “patience” regularly now as a reminder, as I always remember my shirt, but all to often forget to slow down and be patient with my 20 month old. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. I think that ALL moms need to remember to ‘put on’ patience!!!! And many other godly character traits! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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