When our kids were small, we watched very little TV—and none in the evenings. By 7 PM the kids were fed, bathed and sitting in our bed waiting for story time and prayer.
I would read children’s devotionals and Bible stories. Sometimes I’d share something exciting I’d learned from my own Bible study. Together we read all the Chronicles of Narnia—twice. We went through the entire Family Bible Library—twice. We read every Ethel Barrett book I could find. Every evening in early December, I’d read the Christmas story from Luke 2. By the time Christmas arrived the kids were reciting it with me from memory.
In addition to Bible reading and prayer, we often sang praise and worship songs to God. We also read The Sugar Creek Gang series—exciting adventures of kids who are following Jesus in their everyday lives. We read The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
We kept this routine until our son was a freshman in high school. He told me one day he simply didn’t have time! It was true, he didn’t. He had homework, team sports and church youth group. Most importantly, by then he was doing his own personal devotions.
I praise God that I was able to spend those important early years molding the minds and hearts of our children. Today it blesses my heart as I watch them training up their children in the same way.
- Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
- All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace. Isaiah 54:13
- SONG: JUNGLE MISSIONARIES by Kathleen
[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
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