1. Do you read the Bible on a regular basis?
2. How often do your kids see you reading the Bible?
3. Do you read the Bible with your spouse daily?
4. How frequently do you read Scripture with your children?
I’m getting a little personal on purpose! The questions are NOT meant to make you feel guilty. Just the opposite actually. I’d like you to think about how you can incorporate God’s Word into your family life if you don’t already. If you regularly share Scripture with your kids, great! How can you enhance the time with your family? The beginning of the school year is a terrific opportunity to add Bible study into the routine.
While mentoring moms or leading parenting classes, I’m frequently asked for ideas as to how to weave Bible study into family life. Typically parents tell me they don’t read the Bible with their kids because they just don’t know how to get started or they’re afraid if asked a question, they might not be able to answer. Here are 7 ways to get started and to take the pressure off.
1. You do not need to be a theologian. It’s okay to say, “I don’t know the answer to your question. Let’s find out together.” Then look it up. Choose a Bible with a concordance, maps, and profiles. Many Bibles have notes on each page with explanations and cross-references to other verses. Find the answers with your kids.
2. Make Bible study part of the routine. Schedule a time that’s convenient for everyone in the family. Then stick to it.
3. Consider mealtime an opportunity to gather, nourishing tummies and souls. My husband, Scott, and I found breakfast worked best for our family. A hot meal would lure the boys. If you’d like to read more about our family breakfast Bible study, click here.
4. Start small. Read one proverb a day to develop the habit. Then dive into the Book of John. Continue on with Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
5. Take turns reading verses. It’s good for kids of all ages to be read to and it’s great practice for the little ones to read aloud.
6. Use a variety of translations. Compare the King James with the New Living Translation. Get Bibles for your kids so each one has his very own book to write in, underline, and personalize.
7. Pray the Word of God sinks deep into the hearts and minds of your children. It’s a foundation of love.
For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
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By Becky Danielson, Christian wife, mom, licensed parent and family educator, and the co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting.
You can find her at, FaithFirstParent.com. She writes for Hooray for Family, an online and print magazine and facilitates the Parent and Family Education program at a Christian preschool in the Twin Cities.
Becky is also the co-author with Lori Wildenberg of Raising Little Kids with Big Love and Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love, both with Study Guides. Contact Becky to schedule a workshop or retreat for your church or group.