As Mama’s, we are called to store the Word of God deep in our hearts and teach it to our children through everything we do and everything we say. We are called to speak the Words of God when we are sitting, sipping our morning coffee, and when we are exhausted at the end of the day. We are to speak His Words as we make breakfast, lunch and dinner, as we run errands and pick up groceries, as we visit with our friends, and as we walk to the park. We are called to write the Words of God not only upon our hearts, but on the doors of our home, so that our children are forever being reminded of His Truth (Deuteronomy 11:18-20).
If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking about how exhausting and redundant this sounds. But ladies, be encouraged: when we have the Word of God hidden deep within our own hearts, we won’t be able to stop it from overflowing into our lives.
So, why do we need to teach our children the Word of God anyways?
1. When we teach our children the Word of God, we are planting seeds deep within their hearts that will reap rewards for generations to come.
2. Having Scripture hidden within their hearts will help them to know God and know who they are in Him.
3. God’s Word will help them to triumph over sin. (Psalm 119:9,11)
4. Just as the recalling of God’s Word helped Jesus to overcome temptation in the desert, when our children have stored His Word in their hearts it will help them to triumph over their own daily temptations. (Matthew 4:1-11)
5. Our children will be able to use Scripture to build up and encourage those around them.
6. They will be able to communicate the Gospel to those around them.
How do we go about teaching our children the Word of God?
The easiest way to go about teaching our children Scripture is by building it into a routine that you already have. For example, breakfast is a great time to read a scripture for the day as everyone’s already together and not preoccupied with other things.
Remember to keep things simple! There’s no rules or regulations that say you have to spend at least a half hour exegeting scripture with your 4 year old.
It’s hard to be consistent, especially when you are in the season of young children or when you’re preteens are in a gazillion extracurricular activities, but being persistent and creative will pay off in the long run!
Though it’s never to late to start, try building these habits early when your children are just babies. Even though they may not understand yet, the seeds will still be planted in their hearts.
Some practical tools and resources:
Say a quick prayer before each meal and before your kids go to sleep. Incorporate praying Scripture over them.
Take a moment, whether in the morning before sending your children off into their day or at the end of the day as they unwind for the night, to read the Word of God:
– Children’s Favourite Bible Stories
– Growing Up With God
Try out some crafts and activities that comply with to your children’s interests:
– The Action Bible Guess It Game
When your kids are a little bit older, Adventures in Odyssey are a great way to teach them about Biblical truths while being entertained either at home or on road trips.
One last thing is that you can print out these Scripture cards. You can either use these as Scripture memorization cards or as ‘verse of the day’ cards if your children are too young to be able to memorize. Again, you can find them HERE.
While teaching your children the Word of God should be one of your priorities as a Mama, it also should fit simply into your everyday life. It doesn’t need to be complicated, but rather it should be life-giving and fun for everyone involved!