As parents it’s our responsibility to instill positive habits in our children. One habit is daily meditation with God. However, it can be challenging to fit in quiet reflection time when there are other activities, duties, and obligations competing for our time. In my attempt to combine several of our practices, I found the perfect way to worship, mediate, reflect, and create all at the same time.
This winter I decided to get a little outside my comfort zone. I began taking an art class with my 9 year old daughter. Art doesn’t come easy for me. It’s hard to let go of the left side of my brain and to be more intuitive. In order to do this I knew I was going to have to practice. But with homeschooling, writing, lesson planning, and housework, it’s hard to find alone time to practice sketching.
During devotions with the kids one morning, I was inspired by our verse to draw a picture of a sparrow. Having a music background, I’m often inspired to sing a hymn while reading the bible, but I’ve never felt the urge to draw. I quickly veered from our lesson plans and instructed the kids to grab their sketch pads and pencils. I had just found a way to incorporate some art into our Bible lessons!
Here are a few ways we’ve been practicing our art lessons through our devotions.
- Focus on the important verb of the verse.
When reading through the verse, “So don’t worry about tomorrow. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own,” the verb that struck us was “worry”.
- Use antonyms or synonyms when concentrating on the focus word.
When looking at the word “worry” we understand God is telling us not to worry. We used antonyms in our journal.
- Turn it into an acrostic poem.
Since we had been learning about acrostic poems we used the letters of the focus word for our antonyms.
- Sketch a picture of what comes to mind when reading the verse.
This verse reminded me of the hymn, “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” Because of this I sketched a sparrow to go along with my acrostic poem.
Getting started with connecting art into your bible study is quite easy and it can be a wonderful time to explore how creative God has made you! Doing this with your children is a great bonding experience and it’s fun!
Here are some ways to begin your devotions and help put you in the creative mindset:
1.) Read your devotional verse for the day. (We use Jesus Calling 365 Devotions for Kids)
2.) Discuss the verse to see if any image comes to mind.
3.) Read through the devotion paying close attention to what God is speaking to you.
4.) Turn on some classical music.
6.) Sit down, be quiet, and begin to listen and sketch.
It’s my hope you will let go of your perfections and reflect on the verse, the message God has given to you, and use your creativity in your bible study. Playing around with images and colors will allow you to see the world through different eyes.
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Christa is a homeschooling mama 3, author and founder of Little Log Cottage School, and an encouraging Woodworker’s Wife. She is passionate about making learning fun and relevant. She works with parents on finding the best techniques and strategies for teaching their children. Christa loves to read, act, and sing. Watching Food Network and TCM are another two of her favorite pastimes. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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