By Kristin Overman
One of my desires for my boys is that they know and love Scripture, but not for head knowledge. I desire that they have the ability to use the truths in Scripture so that when situations come up, Scripture is what pops into their heads. I want the Bible to be the lens through which they interpret life and the factor that helps them make decisions.
The Bible is to be our guide for life. Psalm 119: 9 says, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Thy word.” There are benefits in knowing and following God’s word. I pray Psalm 1: 1-3 for my kids, “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked… But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in season, and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.” I tell my boys that God’s way is always best and brings blessings.
We have to know His way to follow it.
We read the Bible together every morning. I am not perfect and sometimes we miss, but it is a habit. Whenever I teach my kids anything I try to connect the information so that it makes sense. We read stories that go together, for example all the stories of David or the miracles of Jesus. We’ve done things such as read the parables of Jesus and learn what a parable is, or the tabernacle furnishings and learn their uses. When we finish a section we review. I try to make it fun. We act out stories, draw pictures, or play ‘who said’ games where we guess who said a certain quote. I use props before I read such as a bunch of toy frogs for the plagues. They’ve found ‘manna’ (crackers) on the floor. We’ve gotten out toy soldiers to reenact the story of Gideon. In all this, the point is to know who God is, His plan, and His way.
Wherever you are it is never too late to start. Open the Bible, the ‘Light unto our path’ to guide and establish your kids as a ‘tree firmly planted by streams of water’.