As a parent, my job is to help my children grow – in all areas. As a Christian parent, my job is to help them grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. While I want more than anything for them to have a true love for him and follow him with their entire life, I cannot do it for them. The only thing I can do is help instill the Word of God in their hearts.
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Now that we have a twelve year old, I feel only slightly adequate in this adventure called parenting. I am by no means an expert, but I have had my fair share of experiences so far, so I think that makes me qualified to speak on this topic. Regardless, I want to share my heart and what the Lord has taught me in the past few months on how to help instill His Word in their hearts.
Parenting is a huge task and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It is probably the most stressful job I’ve ever held, but it really does yield the best rewards. At times the pressure to be “the perfect parent” for my children has overwhelmed me – until the Lord grabbed hold of my heart and reminded me that HE entrusted me with these children. They are His, not mine.
I felt as if a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I was not longer responsible for the outcome, He was/is. However, while they are in my care, I am responsible for training them in His ways. And one of those is helping them learn to hide God’s Word in their heart.
3 Ways to Help Children Hide God’s Word in their Hearts
Reading the Bible Together – Our family loves being able to take time, either in the morning or evening, to read the Bible together. With my husband being a pastor, our Bible reading time often turns in to a full-fledged Bible lesson, but that’s okay. Now that we have 3 readers in our house, the kids take turns reading the Bible verses for the day. This is a great way to improve their reading, while also instilling the Word of God in their minds and hearts.
Memorizing Scripture – I will be honest, my memory is terrible. I used to have a great memory before having kids, but lately it’s been severely lacking. However, I can still remember the Scriptures that I learned long ago as a little girl. That is what I want for my own children. They don’t need to memorize the entire Bible, but I want them to know God’s Word well enough that the Holy Spirit can bring it to their mind when needed. But, that can’t happen if we don’t learn them first.
Reading Christian Fiction – This last idea may seem a little strange, but hear me out. I am not an avid reader. I never was. I love reading a good book and I love getting engrossed in a well-written story, but you will not find a stack of books lying next to my bed or the couch waiting for me to devour. However, I do want my children to love reading, which poses a challenge at times. The best way I have found is to constantly give them books to read that keep their interest. But, I want those books to have a Christian focus, especially for my young readers.
Finding good Christian Fiction isn’t as hard as you might think. There are some really great choices out there and I recently came across a brand new release, written by a friend of mine, Bonnie Rose Hudson! I was so excited when I was asked to read this book and share it with my readers and it did not disappoint.
Note: I was given a copy of this product in exchange for a review. I was not asked to give a positive review, just an honest one. I received no other compensation. All opinions are my own.
When the book arrived in my mailbox, I couldn’t wait to open it and start looking. Honestly, I wanted to look it over and put it aside to read another day. I just wanted to see it first-hand. However, I started reading it and literally couldn’t put it down. It was not only a fun read, but a quick one too. I read half the book myself in about 25 minutes.
The chapters are short and simple, which I love for my young readers. I can assign a chapter a day for my little ones and it isn’t overwhelming. Of course, if they want to read more I’d gladly let them.
I love that the book is set in a real country and place – in the state of West Bengal in India. The names of the characters are native and the setting is very real. I could picture the little village in my head and I know my kids will too! Hudson has obviously done her homework and brings in geography and social studies as well as the heart of God, in a simple and relatable way kids can understand.
I quickly found myself falling in love with the main character, Manju, and really had a hard time putting the book down because I was ‘pulling’ for him in his adventures and following God’s leading. Without giving away too much of the story, this is a book I would read to my children over and over.
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