~ Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach quotes
(My grandparents, Ione Esther and Charles Dean)
Tonight as I tucked Scoot into bed, we read in his Bible Study that it's important to learn Scripture, to tuck it away for later...just as a squirrel tucks away nuts for winter storms he knows are soon to come.
For a seven year old, that's tricky to understand. Life has been good. But I know, I know, that there will be a day when Scooter needs direction. Or he'll be without a Bible, grasping for the Word that gives life & truth. So I'll press on in my job to tuck God's word away in his heart, and those of his brothers.
I have to confess, I have been terrible about this for some time. I used to work at it more. I'm committing to make a good habit of teaching them, as we sit and drive, and stand and talk;
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Or for a longer in depth version;
Psalm 119:11 (The Message)
9-16 How can a young person live a clean life?
By carefully reading the map of your Word.
I'm single-minded in pursuit of you;
don't let me miss the road signs you've posted.
I've banked your promises in the vault of my heart
so I won't sin myself bankrupt.
Be blessed, God;
train me in your ways of wise living.
I'll transfer to my lips
all the counsel that comes from your mouth;
I delight far more in what you tell me about living
than in gathering a pile of riches.
I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you,
I attentively watch how you've done it.
I relish everything you've told me of life,
I won't forget a word of it.
Will you share with me how you teach the Word to your little ones? The exciting thing, is that as we teach, we learn.
I have began to start the day with a Bible Story... and before we read, we pray and ask Jesus to speak to each heart, and give them a picture to color. It's one of those idea's that was God inspired. I so want my kids to know His voice, and His word. And while I read the story they listen, and when Jesus gives them a picture, they are allowed to draw, color it, sculpt it with clay... My kids love it! My littlest, Twinkle, always reminds me to do it every morning!
We have done devotions with the kids many different ways over the years. Now that they are older I take joy in seeing some of them take to daily devotions and Bible reading themselves. Mandi is learning that her day goes so much better when she spends time in God's Word each morning. Jeff is my night time Bible reader. Many nights I find him with a flashlight under his covers reading the Bible. This brings joy to my heart.
For Christmas we bought the New Testament on CD. It is actually read by popular christian actors and singers that my kids are familiar with. So we try to listen as a family to a chapter or two several times a week. They love this and always beg for more. It has theatrical voices which makes it entertaining but yet it is strictly the word of God. I am so pleased with it. I hope they come out with the OT.
Thanks Amanda for posting this post. It is so important to direct little ones to God's Word and then so beautiful when they desire it themselves.~ Kristin Kuhlman