Here’s a Family Time idea for this year’s juniors who will be next year’s seniors. Dad or Mom or both, make a commitment to read through the Bible in the coming year for your junior. It will be one of the gifts you give next year as a graduating senior.
How long does it take to read through the Bible? Perhaps, not as long as you think. In looking at several audio Bibles it seems to take somewhere between 75 and 80 hours to read from Genesis through Revelation. That is an average of less than 15 minutes per day.
How to Read Through the Bible in a Year
First, go online or visit a bookstore and pick out a special Bible for your student. Is there something about the translation, size, or cover that makes you think of him or her?
Ask the Spirit to help you see God speaking through the Word to your student. Take a moment to pray for your son or daughter. Make notes in the margins. Share joys, challenges, hopes, dreams, and concerns. It is often easier to see concerns so be intentional about balancing them with joys and praise.
Do you see scripture being played out in your child’s life? Make a note! Do you see godly characteristics in decisions? Make a note! Day after day you will be praying, reading, and thinking of your student. Ask God to give you a specific verse for your child. Memorize the verse and include it in your prayers.
Next Spring, add a special card that explains what you have been doing this past year. It may not mean that much to your student now, but someday your child will recognize the time you invested in his spiritual growth… time spent reading and praying for him. Plus, your child will have the Bible as a reminder of your faith and love for the rest of his life.
You may be surprised to find that you benefit as much, if not more from this journey.
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life
through our knowledge of him
who called us by his own glory and goodness.
2 Peter 1:3
What are other ways you can bless your children at a major milestone?
By Kirk Weaver
Husband to Trudi
Dad to two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Founder and Executive Director of Family Time Training
(A valuable resource for setting a spiritual foundation and molding values.)