Baby Talk—Or Isaiah 55:11?

I loved our babies passionately. I would smother their faces with kisses, just as my mother would do with us. I was also passionate about God, and I yearned for our children to have that same passion.

I enjoyed talking to my babies, but I didn’t want to talk baby talk.   We did play “This little piggy went to market,” and they loved “Hickory dickory dock” when my fingers played mouse from their toes to their nose. But this mom wanted something meaningful to talk about.  So as well as nursery rhymes, I recited Scripture!

The idea came to me after reading Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV) “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”  Wow! God’s Word would prosper our babies!

I also read in Deuteronomy 11:18-19 that we are to teach our children God’s Word and talk to them about it when we walk down the road, when we sit in our homes, when we lie down and when we rise up.  In other words, all the time!

I began praying aloud with them when they were newborn. It soon became routine to recite Scripture aloud when I changed diapers. I spoke with expression, careful to enunciate each word as if I expected them to understand. After all, God’s Word is alive and powerful!  I was amazed to discover God’s Word had a calming effect on my babies—even and especially when they were crying.

Memorizing comes easily for the very young, especially when put to music.  So I would also sing Scripture and simple hymns.  Soon after our babies could speak their first words, God’s Word began spilling out of their mouths:  John 3:16-18, Proverbs 3:5-6 and later the Lord’s Prayer.

Of course, it was reinforced through the years.  The kids are now grown. It blesses me to see them raising their children, in the same way—on God’s Word.

Children need to learn God’s Word at a young age.  As they grow, they need to learn to appropriate God’s Word in their lives. They need to see their parents doing the same. We learn God’s Word so it becomes a part of us—so that when life gets difficult, when temptation is there, we can use what we have stored in our hearts. We can cling to the promises and claim them for ourselves.

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[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

 

About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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12 Responses to Baby Talk—Or Isaiah 55:11?

  1. Erin says:

    Thank you for sharing this post with me!! I love this a lot, and I am so thankful for the encouragement. Here’s to hoping Henry likes scripture as much as the baby talk he is already accustomed to 🙂

    • Kathleen says:

      Trust me. He WILL like the scripture you recite to him with love and expression. He will begin to look forward to it, focusing on each word. God bless you both!

  2. Allen says:

    The very things you described about kissing your children and reading scripture in addition to the nursery rhymes, describe the very environment I was blessed to grow up in. I had no idea that your children were growing up with such a strong foundation with which to build their house as opposed to the shifting sands most must endure in this society today. Thank you for the encouraging memories!

  3. Paulline says:

    Kathleen,
    You are such a blessing to me. I wish that I was a Christian when I first starting having my babies. I was not, nor did I have a Christian background; so even when I had the latter babies as a Christian, I did not have this wonderful background you had. May the Lord cause you to be a wonderful example for many of these new mothers who read you now.

  4. Florence says:

    What a wonderful and glorious way you raised your children in the Lord. I loved the reciting scriptures to them and also putting the words to song. I wish that every new Christian Mother could read this and apply it in their lives and that of raising their children. The Lord tells us we are known by our fruits. Your children are wonderful examples of your Godly parenting.

  5. Pier says:

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!! We have friends whose son was literally born to a room full of praise music, and know another couple where the husband read from the book of Psalms during the birthing process. This is a wonderful way to continue the flow of His Word into the lives of His beautiful children! Thank you for sharing with us!

    We cannot WAIT for our blessing of Baby Jonah Elizabeth to arrive from the Lord!
    In Christ,
    Pier

  6. Frank King says:

    Powerful share. Your approach to raising your children is a clear reflection of your faith in the power of God’s Word. Your children and their children are living epistles of the results.

    • Kathleen says:

      You don’t even know my children/grandchildren–but what you say is true! It’s bound to be true for anyone who raises their children on the Word of God.

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