Written by Contributing Writer, Kelly @ Eyes On The Source
In a recent series at church, our pastor taught on the greatest gift we can bestow upon our children…”The Blessing.” He spoke on ways to work through things we may or may have not received from our parents and how to bless our own children. Simple really, but sometimes the words may not come as easily as they should. What our children really need to hear is that we LOVE them and that we are PROUD of them. No. matter. what. And even more importantly, they need to know the love of the one true God. They need to know about the relationship our God longs to have with each and every one of us. God’s Word can be misunderstood as a book of rules, but it’s real message is RELATIONSHIP.
“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”Dueteronomy 6:7
Teaching our children should be part of our everyday life, not just during church or family devotions. While family devotion time is an excellent idea, if we are not living what we are teaching, we will just push our children away from God instead of drawing them nearer. Teaching them as we walk in the way will keep it fresh and natural instead of forced and uncomfortable.
I love what our pastor said about this, “You know what’s so special about sitting, walking and lying down? NOTHING!!” Just being a godly example to our children can have the biggest impact on them!
Incorporate it into your daily life, make it fun, be the example of love and relationship.
This knowledge has caused us to relax more in our family devotion time. We have mixed it up more, by reading from the Bible one day, a picture book another day or watching JellyTelly Videos, etc. Just making it fun!!
These are some of our favorite books and resources that we have been using as we “walk by the way.”
(I’ll include links so you can easily find them, not affiliate links.)
Teaches the basics of the Christian Faith in a very simple way, short daily devotions.
Beautiful stories that teach a godly lesson. Perfect for snuggling up on the couch with the kiddos!
3. “Wee Sing Bible Songs” and “Sing the Word” music.
I love to hear my boys singing sunday school songs and memorized scripture. The Sing the Word Cd’s make memorization fun and easy!
4. Children’s Story Bible. We use “Ergermiers” and the “Illustrated Family Bible.”
I like that the Illustrated Bible has realistic people in the pictures, instead of typical cartoonish pictures. I want my children to know that these are events that really happened, not just some warm fuzzy stories!
Both of these answer our little ones questions of the heart.
For families with older children, I love these two books. ”Inspired Evidence” provides daily devotions including scientific evidence for the Christian faith. And “Dinner Table Devotions” has conversation starters to discuss as your family gathers for a meal.
So many great resources from Answers in Genesis! This is one that my boys read over and over. It comes with a CD that sets the whole book to music. A simplified overview of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
Also from Answers in Genesis! Four short volumes full of questions and answers on Christian faith/life. Easy to understand truths.