What a privilege we as parents have been given to teach the words of God to our children!
After my recent post on Deuteronomy 6:6-7 which instructs us to diligently teach God’s Word to our children, I wanted to follow up with a list of practical ways we can put that into action.
Often if we do not purposely plan for something, it will not happen. We can be grateful for those teachable moments that present themselves with no pre-planning on our part, but for those other times, here are seven tips that we can use.
- Play scripture songs on a cassette tape or cd while everyone is getting ready in the morning, in the car on the way to school, or while running errands.
- If your child is learning Bible memory verses for school or church, take a couple of minutes after breakfast to have them practice saying the verse to you. I also keep a small Bible in the console of our car so that we can review the verses while riding around town.
- Have a scheduled family “devotional” time. We have ours on week nights right after supper while we are all still at the table. It doesn’t have to be long and can range from reading and commenting on a Bible passage to reading a missionary biography or other book with character building stories.
- Read a brief Bible story or devotional book together at bedtime. Even though questions may start as an attempt to delay “lights out,” they can still lead to good discussion. Also, pray with your child before he goes to sleep.
- While on the way home after church, ask your child what they learned in the children’s lesson they heard or from the sermon the pastor preached.
- When situations arise that your child needs help resolving, seek to use Bible verses when attempting to arrive at the correct resolution. This requires that we as parents know the Bible well enough to be able to help our child find a scripture passage that applies to the circumstances.
- Allow your children to see you reading your Bible or other spiritual books and to hear you praying or memorizing Scripture. As the old saying goes, “more is caught than taught.”
While I wish I was consistent at doing all seven of these, I am not. I hope these suggestions are an encouragement to you as well as to myself that we might follow God’s commandment to impart His Words to our children. If you have additional tips we can add to this list, please share them in the comments.