Memorizing Scripture is a great way to build the foundation of your child’s faith. When children recite Bible Verses, they form a relationship with Jesus Christ, gain a new understanding of their faith, are able to call on Christ when they are afraid, and will remember Scripture for their entire lifetime.
I LOVE summer! I love spending my summer days exploring the beach, swimming in the pool, and enjoying picnics at the park. And there is nothing better than some juicy watermelon on a hot summer day! This summer, I’ve been working hard to incorporate God’s Word into each day. Why not learn a Bible Memory Verse while swimming in the pool? It’s the perfect way to have fun AND learn God’s Holy Word.
One day after worship, my son asked me, “Is all that stuff that Jesus said true?” I told him that it was absolutely true. “So it’s non-fiction, right?” Yes, absolutely, I told him. “Well,” he said, “then we need to help people like Jesus said we should.” Yes, we absolutely do, I told him. “What are we waiting for?”
Raise your hand if you have started family devotions at some point, only to have them slowly fade away within a few days, weeks, or months. Guilty. My husband and I have started family devotions many times. The thing is, we have a hard time sticking with them (and my husband’s a pastor!) Between overtired babies, uncooperative toddlers and pure exhaustion, our devotions eventually get pushed to the side.
This morning I stood in Home Depot staring at washing machines, again. My daughter twirled in the aisles and slid on the dusty floor, while my toddler screamed for more graham crackers. You see, our washing machine died a week ago and I still haven’t made a decision on a new washer to replace it. The rear shocks on my mini-van also went out this week. One of my children peed all over my bed in the middle of the night (and, remember, broken washing machine over here). We’ve had sore throats, runny noses and a dog biting incident. Oh, and did I mention my husband is out of town this week? He has impeccable timing.
In just the same way as play is crucial to our children’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development, faith-based play is crucial to our children’s spiritual development. Faith-based play creates an opportunity for children to learn about God, practice their faith, and discover holy moments in their lives.
It’s Sunday morning. We have ten minutes until church. I’m quickly brushing my teeth, still in my pajamas, with a toddler crying at my feet. Throwing a dress on, I pick up my son and head to the living room. My six-year-old is ready to go, but complaining that he’s hungry once again. I glance at my watch and tell him to quickly grab a snack. My four-year-old comes out of hiding. The outfit I picked out for her is now crumpled on the floor. She changed into a dress-up princess outfit with high heels. Oh and by the looks of her face…she found my lipstick. Sound familiar? Sunday mornings are rough.