Tips for Scripture Reading with Little Ones

I like to read Scripture to my children while they eat lunch. This is not Bible “study” time. This is just them hearing the Word (and a little commentary from their mother because they just don’t get enough of that during the day!) I do this during lunch because they are all together, seated, have full mouths and are unable to interrupt. For those of you working outside of the home, you could do this at breakfast or dinner or bath time. Now, before you become too impressed, please know that I have been doing this for several weeks now and we are only on Genesis 16 and this is with me skipping the part about Noah getting gassed and naked because, well, who has time for that?kitchen bible

The fact is that there are days when I get about three verses read before the baby cries or someone steals their sister’s pickle or the 3 year old falls out of her chair. At first, this stressed me because I had this vision in my head of a chapter each day. I am a list maker and a list checker offer, so I have to guard my heart against making Scripture reading just another to-do item to get done.

I started the lunch time reading because I wanted the Bible, God, Christ to not be compartmentalized. Sure, we study Bible during school. But I don’t want it to be just a subject that they have between math and Science. I encourage them to have private time with the Lord during the day. But I don’t want their relationship with God to just be something they do at the end of the day in their beds. I want Christ to be what their lives are all about. I want their faith to be as natural and as necessary as their next breath.

So, I read – and here are some things I am learning along the way.

Tips for Scripture Reading with Little Ones

  • Have a designated Bible that stays in the kitchen.  If you have to run and find a Bible each day, it will never become a lasting habit. At first, I kept one on the window sill. It was a little out of sight, though, so I would often forget. Now, it sits in a bowl in the middle of our table.
  • Don’t have a preconceived notion of how much you will read each day. If you only get two verses read before someone has a meltdown, don’t sweat it. Smile, close it up and know that tomorrow is another day.
  • Point out interesting facts that they may miss. For instance, point out that Abraham was promised a child when he was 75 years old. Issac, however, was not born until he was 100 years old. No in depth study here. Just an acknowledgement that, sometimes, we must be patient as we wait for God’s promises.
  • Don’t be afraid to paraphrase. We are not having seminary classes here. If you think the words or content are beyond your little one’s understanding – use your own words.

Just have fun with it. In twenty years, your kids will not remember that you could not pronounce the name of a city or person. They will, however, remember growing up in a home where God was honored and His Word was read.

Happy Wednesday, y’all!

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You may also find these Bible Study Tips for Busy Moms helpful!

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me and buxStacy Edwards (@sjedwards) is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a homeschooling mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ. If you need her, she’s probably hiding in the bathroom.

October 2013 Family Time Calendar

October 2013 Family Time Calendar

Family Time Calendar: September 2013

September 2013 Family Time Calendar

September Family Time Calendar

 

It’s almost September, y’all! Since the 1st is on Sunday and it’s a holiday weekend, you may want to go ahead and print the new Family Time Calendar out and have it ready.

Also, in this month’s Family Time column, there was a suggestion for a family flag football game. In case you missed it, here are the details!

Flag Football: 

Create your own flags. Have each family member select his or her own 1½-inch grosgrain ribbon. Measure the ribbon to fit around each person’s waist. Cut and attach Velcro tabs to the belt. Cut three to four flags for each belt, and attach with Velcro tabs.

Divide your family into two teams. Mark out the field with clear boundaries and an end zone. If you have time, you can create your own field goal using PVC pipe. For detailed instructions, visit spoonful.com/sites/default/files/0906_goalpost_0.pdf.

Family Time Calendar: August 2013

August 2013 Family Time Calendar

August 2013 Family Time Calendar

DIY Tent for July 2013 Family Time

In this month’s Family Time devotion, we tell you about an easy way to make your child his or her very own tent/reading nook. Follow this link for the specifics on that project!

http://ana-white.com/2011/06/easy-kids-tent-reading-nook

Family Time Calendar: July 2013

Is it really almost July?!? Here’s this month’s Family Time Calendar, which focuses on God’s awesome creation.

July 2013 Family Time Calendar

 

July 2013 Family Time Calendar

May 2013 Family Time Calendar: Jesus Is Living Water

May 2013 Family Time Calendar

Download the May 2013 Family Time Calendar here.

We would love to see pictures of your family using HomeLife’s Family Time devotional! Email us at homelife@lifeway.com.

April 2013 Family Time Calendar: April Fools!

April 2013 Family Time Calendar

Download the April 2013 Family Time Calendar here. (No fooling!)

Do you have any fun ideas to surprise your family with for April Fool’s Day? We’d love to hear them!

March Family Time

We’re excited to have Family Time contributor Kelly Stewart guest blogging today! Check out some more of her tips for having a backwards-themed family night. 

Family nights are not a new concept. We began having themed family nights three years ago, as a way to be strategic and focused in spending time as a family, having fun and teaching God’s Word in a fresh way.  We knew they required planning and thought, communication and a willingness to go the extra mile.  We have had good nights, and even some stressful ones, but we have created an environment in our home that has our children eager for time together as a family.

Backwards Night

Backwards Family Night was our first official themed Family Night and it remains one that my children continue to talk about today. We made great memories due the amount of laughter we shared when we all came to dinner with our clothes on backward and stumbled around walking backwards. They also LOVED eating under the table but their absolute favorite thing was eating dessert first! This is an easy win for you as a parent because who doesn’t love eating dessert before your meal?

Backwards Night 2

The devotional in this month’s Family Time is based on Mark 9:35.  At this point in the life of Jesus, He was trying to prepare his disciples for his coming death and resurrection, yet they did not fully comprehend what He was telling them. The disciples were more concerned about who was the “greatest” among them.

“I’m greater!”

“No, I am greater! I walked closer to Jesus on our way through Galilee, He must like me more!”

After being caught by their Savior, He sits them down and gives them a new definition of what it means to be Great! He points out that those who are “great,” put others first and serve those around them.  What a reminder for us as parents of what it means to be “great” for our Savior, but also for our family.  Spending focused, intentional time, building your relationship with your children around God’s Word, may not always be easy or go the way your imagine in your mind, but it will build the foundation of “greatness” for your children. Take the time, put it on the calendar and have a fun night with your family. I can’t wait to hear about your night.

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Stewart Family

Jason & Kelly Stewart are the proud parents of four children and love to share fun family nights together. Jason has been on staff at LifePoint Church for nine years, and they are currently serving at their campus in the Seattle area. They are the creators of the ministry Family Muscle, which focuses on building strong families through strategic and intentional living.

Meet a HomeLife SUPER Family!

If you and your family are doing HomeLife’s Family Time devotions, we want to hear about it! Thanks to the Davis family for sharing their story. 

Davis Superheroes

After inconsistent, complicated family time devotions last year. My husband and I resolved for the new year to do something simple enough to do on a regular basis but still with an element of fun. God brought to my mind seeing some sort of calendar about a year ago in the Homelife magazine at the library.  I got online and found the January calendar with a daily Bible passage and discussion starter at www.lifeway.com/homelifeonline and printed it to use for dinner time devotions each night.  Simple and perfect! Then I realized it was connected to an article in the January 2013 magazine, so I went to the library and checked it out. There is a fun family time all planned out! Awesome! We had so much fun with our Super Hero night. Everyone was really creative with creating a costume. BAM! Our girls are 9 and 12 and we all loved it! We look forward to doing the family time each month. Thank you for these resources. Easy and fun…perfect family time devotions.

Kelley Davis

(A.K.A. Super Hero Name: Marvelous Maid)

P.S. Check out the scrapbook page the family made to document their Family Time:

Davis Superheroes 2