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Friday, January 01, 2016
Helping Kids Love God's Word
This is a blog post I wrote for Tyndale a while back.
I love to write about God’s Word
because it’s so important for children to become familiar with it at a young
age. The challenge is to get children into the Bible for themselves and make it
relevant for them. While very young children enjoy learning Bible stories,
older children can go beyond that and find the spiritual lessons from the story
and apply them to their everyday life. They can learn to use their Bible and
find the stories for themselves.
As parents we realize that the most
important lessons in life are learned at home—responsibility, hard work,
kindness, how to do certain chores and so on. Learning about the Bible is no
different. Hearing God’s Word at church is important, and so is learning Bible
stories, but if we want children to read the Bible for themselves, we as
parents will need to take an active role in that.
Both family devotions and personal
Bible reading are important to spiritual growth. Having a devotion book that’s
appropriate for your family, and one for your child to read alone, is
important. Or you can read Scripture and stories from a Bible especially for
children. Having a fun, age-appropriate Bible gives a sense of ownership and
encourages children to read the Bible on their own.
Children need to understand that the
Bible is their guidebook for life. Although the Bible has many different
stories, it’s really all one story that spans history. The Old Testament points
to the need for a Savior and the events leading up to Christ’s birth. The New
Testament tells about Christ’s birth, his life on earth and the start of the
While I was writing The One Year
Devotions for Girls Starring Women of the Bible and The One Year Book of Bible
Trivia for Kids, I attempted to not only teach God’s Word, but to make it
relevant to preteens by helping them see how each day’s Scripture and devotion
applied to their own life. Many of the Bible women faced the same problems
today’s girls face: sibling rivalry, jealousy, peer pressure, overcoming
obstacles, handling difficulties, serving and worshipping God and more. By
interacting with God’s Word and seeing how it applies to their own life
experiences, the Bible becomes more personal to them.
The One Year Book of Bible Trivia for
Kids starts each day with a question. Example:
Q: Esau sold his birthright (the privileges he received for being the
firstborn) to his brother Jacob in exchange for what?
a. pieces of silver
b. seven sheep
c. a bowl of stew
The daily reading talks about the importance of the firstborn son in Bible
times and reminds the readers of the story of Jacob and Esau. Then the
following through section encourages readers to make good choices for
themselves rather than giving in to their desires. The readers are given the
reference where the story is located so they can read the whole thing for
The challenge today is to get our kids
into the Bible, help them realize that it applies to their lives today and to
set the example for them by allowing them to see us read our Bibles or sharing
something with them that we’ve read or learned in our daily reading.
If daily Bible reading isn’t a habit at
your house, today’s the day to start.
Other daily devo books:
Other books to help girls become familiar with the Bible:
Check your local Christian bookstore to start your year with God or click HERE.