As parents, we have the awesome responsibility of teaching our children Biblical truth. As Deuteronomy 6:7 instructs us, “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
While we seek to weave God’s Word into our every day conversations, we also plan for a daily Bible time with our children. Here are three tips that I’ve found helpful in making this a priority in our lives.
1. Schedule a time. I’ve found that if I don’t plan for it, it doesn’t happen. We eat supper together as a family most nights, so we have Bible time at the dining room table as soon as the meal is over. After breakfast or just before bed are also good, predictable times to have the family gather together to learn from God’s Word.
2. Select materials that interest you and that are age-appropriate for your children. You could certainly just read from the Bible, which we have done at times. However, we usually have some type of guide to follow. We are currently using Crown Christian Publications’ A Family Devotional Guide, which takes us through all the major stories of the Bible. In the past, we have read from Bible story books, studied biographies of Christian missionaries, and used children’s devotional-type books. My favorites are the Miller Family series from Rod and Staff Books. Those Kids in Proverbsville and other books from Sword of the Lord also teach Christian character qualities in a story format.
3. Involve every family member. Ask questions at the end of the study, have a child read aloud a portion of the Scripture passage, let one person act out the main principle that was learned, choose a child to practice saying a Bible verse, or have someone else close in prayer. Make it truly be a family Bible time.
Since we are homeschooling, I also do a Bible study with the girls each morning and we read from a Christian book at bedtime (we are currently attempting Pilgrim’s Progress.) However, having the entire family sitting together and learning from God’s Word is a blessing!
Do you have any suggestions for family Bible time?