"And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4
Am I sowing good seeds into my children?
Galatians 6:7-9 says, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
This verse in Galatians makes me think about the next ten years. Twenty years. Thirty years. To the time when my kids are married and having children of their own. Am I sowing good, godly wisdom in my children? Will they want to come to know Christ and love Him because of their mom showing Him in her life each day? Do I promote Christ in our home? I hope so! That is my goal, but I fail to do this a whole lot.
These questions plagued me in bed a few nights ago and convicted my heart. I felt God pressing me to make this more of a priority in our home. I asked Him to forgive me for lacking in this area lately and to help me not only read scripture and pray with my kids, but to let them see me live out my daily walk with Christ.
I want to raise children who are not interested in simply recited catchy, Christian phrases. I don't want them to only be socially Christian or go through the motions. I want them to love and serve Christ with their hearts so that He naturally shines through them even when they don't utter a word. Sure, I want them to praise Him vocally and share their testimonies with others as this is important, but I want them to do so because it is so engrained in their hearts to do so.
I am in the little season with my kids right now. Oh boy can it be wonderful and precious and also incredibly hard and frustrating all before nap time.
It is hard to keep two littles focused for more than ten minutes right? Well I want to help us all be more focused on teaching our kids God's word. I put together a simple daily devotional roadmap to help guide you as you read the bible with your kids. You can adjust the scripture length according to your children and their ages. This is a free printable that you can use each day to help stay focused. You can find this printable at the end of this post!
Here is what is included on the roadmap:
1. Pick a focus verse
2. Read aloud and have your kids repeat the verse after you a few times (This helps them memorize the verse)
3. Talk about the verse and ask open-ended questions
4. Pray together and ask God to help you apply the lesson to your life
Here are a few verses you can use for your first week of scripture reading:
- John 3:16
- Psalm 91:2
- Romans 8:28
- Romans 10:9
- Romans 10:13
- Psalm 139:14
- Colossians 3:17
Let us put this to practice, shall we?
This is how our daily scripture reading went today to help you get started:
Focus Verse: "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
2. We read the verse together and then I had Emmeline repeat the verse after me since this is a great way to help kids memorize scripture.
3. How can we be kind to others?
Why should we be kind?
What does forgiving others mean?
We went on to discuss how Jesus forgave us of our sins when He died on the cross and how when we put our faith in Him it saves us.
4. Dear God,
Thank you for another beautiful day and for this time together. Help us to be kind to others and to forgive them when they hurt us. Thank you for sending your Son Jesus to die on the cross to save us from our sins. In Jesus' name, amen!
We did our daily scripture reading after we finished our breakfast and it set a great tone for our day!
If you would like to start a daily scripture time with your kids, I have created a FREE printable for you to use. I would love to know how it goes for you and any scripture that you have studied. With older children, you can take on longer passages of scripture and ask more in-depth questions. It totally depends upon your kids ages and stages!
Grab the printable here!