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Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Bible Reading Plan for Little Ones

"For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." Hebrews 4:12

"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:10-11

"I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:11

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night." Psalm 1:1,2 

As Christian parents, we all concede that the Word of God is incredibly important. It can be difficult when it comes to actually translating that belief into every day practices with our kids, however. Especially with very young children- making actual Bible reading {as opposed to just Bible picture books} a part of every day life can be complicated. 

Where to start? How to engage them in listening? Will they actually listen and absorb? Will they be able to understand it?

I've mentioned this several times around here lately, so I'm sorry to be a broken record- but this December we loved using a little Advent Jar a friend gifted us with. Every day until Christmas there was a short passage relating to the Christmas story written on a popsicle stick. The kids loved picking the stick out of the jar each day, and because the passages were short and all related to a timely topic that interested them, they actually sat through and enjoyed it most days. 

One day I was sitting with my Bible, thinking how nice it was that someone had gone through the efforts of preparing that ahead of time for me to use. Moms are busy, and while we want to be proactive and intentional in imparting truth to our children, having to dream up something like that ourselves, put it together, and implement it can be a challenge. I thought how much I would love to have something like that to do with my kids everyday

So then I thought- why not create such a tool myself and share it with others? 

Thus "Read the Bible to Your Kids!" was born. Every month of this year, Lord willing, I intend to provide you with a free printable Bible Reading Plan you can use with your toddlers and preschoolers. Though older kids could definitely benefit from it too! I'm picking one theme or topic for the month, and culling relevant passages from both the Old and New Testaments, just to give our kids broad exposure to Scripture as a whole. 

Some of the passages may be a bit intense or over their heads. But I do believe that God always blesses His Word and works through it, and if we sow that Word in our children's hearts, He can and will use it for whatever purpose He chooses. This is a tool that will hopefully make it easier for you as a parent to do the sowing. 

I've marked four verses- one for every Monday- that would also make great memory verses. You can recite and review them over the course of the week with your little people- or not- but they are available if you'd like to make Scripture memory a part of your family's life in the New Year. 

January's topic is Obedience. While I'm sure all of our kids could use growth in this area ;), I have a feeling that we as moms might be convicted of our own need to obey and follow the Lord wholeheartedly. I'm praying that this tool will be for all of our edification- my own, my kids, yours, and your kids too. 

Here is the link to January's Plan. Blessings to your family as you seek the Lord!

If you'd like to teach your children Scripture rich songs, these would correspond nicely with January's theme: Trust and Obey, Obedience Is, and Children Obey Your Parents. Baddaboom, baddabing- Bible reading, song to sing, memory verse- an entire family worship time laid out for you.

If you like this plan, I think you would like my new ebook! It's called Read the Bible to Your Kids: A Year of Simple Plans to get into the Word Together

I've created 13 topical, month long plans with passages from both the Old and New Testament. The passages are short {for short attention spans!}, and the PDF file can easily be printed off for you to check off boxes as you read.

It's a great, simple solution for families who want to build Word-centered homes. You can find out what people are saying about it, the topics the plans cover, and download your copy for only $4.99 right here.

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