Thursday, July 11, 2013

Reading the Bible With Your Children

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9

I have this routine with my children.  Everyday before we start school we read the Bible together and work on our memory verses. I love this time with them each morning during our school year. But then summer break comes. We sleep in, there are vacations, and extra play dates, our morning routine is all off. Unfortunately with that often goes our time in  reading the bible together.

This morning as I read this scripture I was again reminded of the responsibility The Lord has given me and how I have dropped the ball often over these last couple weeks. Fortunatly God has convicted my husband in the same way and he has started to pick up the ball where I have dropped it.

I share this scripture and my own ball dropping with you this morning to ask you, have you dropped the ball with this responsibility The Lord has given you in reading the word to your children?  Or maybe you have never picked up the ball and it is time?  It is important because God commands it but He commands it for our good, for our children’s good.  God uses His word to speak into the hearts of our children. We often just try to change their behavior but that doesn’t touch the heart.

I challenge you today if you are not reading the bible with your children, start today.  We have started going through the book of John for the summer maybe that is a good place for you to start as well.

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