5 Ways to Get God’s Word Into Your Kids

May 18, 2011

in Mothering

In the days of rush and running, internet and advertising, it seems difficult enough to get myself into God’s Word, much less getting God’s Word into my kiddos.  But somewhere along the busy days, God is slowly waking me to see that when I lead my children to enjoy God’s Words, He leads me back to Himself.  Here are 5 ways I’m finding to make Scripture a BIG part of our everyday.  I’ve got preschoolers at this point, but hopefully these will encourage you in whatever stage or in whatever way you find yourself sharing God’s Word with children and youth.

1Read It.  Read, Read, Read!  For us, we’re able to keep our kids’ interest by using a variety of Bibles.  Because of our kids’ ages, we’re into picture Bibles.  Our favorites are ‘The Jesus Storybook Bible,’ and ‘The Big Picture Bible.‘  We also have the Read Aloud Series and some of the Beginner’s Bible stories.  I check out children’s Bibles from the library, too.  Not all the versions are great, of course, but that provides more opportunity to talk about the stories and their actual recording in Scripture.  Our goal is to read as a family at breakfast and dinner.  Some days we miss, of course.  But, we keep the Bible right next to the dinner table and there’s nothing better than seeing my big girl push it toward me and say, ‘It’s time to read the Bible.’

2Sing It.  For those of you who’ve had the pleasure of sitting next to me in a worship service, you know God didn’t make me solo material.  But, I love to sing, especially to God.  And I can’t say I’ve ever met a kid who didn’t like music. My kids groan when I ask them to repeat a memory verse but if it’s put to music, they sing along without a whine. Hubbard’s Cupboard prepared a huge library of Scriptures set to common childhood songs.  This is a great and FREE resource. Hide ‘Em In Your Heart and Seeds Family Worship are popular albums as well.  And if you’re so inclined, just make up your own song for your own Scripture.  I’ll never forget hearing Pam Tebow sing her own tunes to Scriptures she taught her children as they were growing in God’s grace.

3Pretend It.  Sometimes, when reading Scripture I can see the glazed look appear on my kids’ eyes…and I’m left wondering-are they not in awe of this story, of God’s work in the world?  And sometimes, they really just aren’t.  But other times, the words are beyond them or the message is just not within reach.  And so, when I’m at my best, I work with the kids to make the story their own.  We may use blocks or LEGOS to build the wall of Jericho, put a ‘baby Moses’ in a basket in the bathtub, climb a tree and pretend to be Zacchaeus, or let the kids be David and knock me (Goliath) down.  The best times we’ve had with pretend play have been the spontaneous ones-where we see a nasty bug and suddenly pretend to pour honey on it and eat it like John the Baptist or a storm blows up and we pretend we’re the disciples scared in the boat.  God’s stories are everywhere and my kids’ imaginations are waking me to see His words written in every corner of everyday.

4Quiz It.  Kids love to feel smart or at least a bit more on top of things.  It’s got to be so discouraging to always be looking up at us adults all day, answering to all our demands, and moving their legs to keep up with our big leg pace.  If my kids catch on to a Bible quiz, they’ll go running in a heartbeat.  But, when I feign ignorance and pretend to not know the answers, they jump at the chance to correct and teach me.  Misquoting a Bible verse or telling a story by switching the characters, the sequencing or the lessons makes my kids laugh and gets them talking and teaching (and learning–shh! don’t tell).  You can do this anywhere, anytime.  Tell messed up stories in the car, in line, in the doctor’s office, before bed time-any time.  God’s Word is serious, but when I see Jesus opening His arms wide to hug all those children, I can’t help but imagine Him letting them be silly as they studied His face.

5Compare It.  We do enjoy reading the Bible, but we also read all kinds of other stories.  And certainly we bump into all kinds of real life stories ourselves every day.  And every story, read or experienced, is an opportunity to talk about Scripture. Stories of princesses or adventurous can be compared with real women like Ruth and Esther and Mary.  Stories of rough boys or brave ones can be compared with Moses or David, Samson or Paul.  At first, I wanted to avoid stories that were far from Scripture’s truths, but slowly I’m learning that these stories (within reason) provide the perfect classroom for learning the truths themselves.

What are the ways you get kids excited about God’s Word?  I’d love to hear!

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