Thursday, November 14, 2013

Bible Stories: Resources for Kids

"Give thanks to the Lord and pray to him.  Tell the nations what he has done.  Sing to him.  Sing praises to him.  Tell all the wonderful things he has done."
-Psalm 105, Read and Share Bible

As a Christian parent, I believe it is really important to impart truth to my children.  I know that I will never be able to make my children believe in Christ and know Him, but I have committed to doing all I can to point them to Jesus in hope that He will draw them to Himself.  One of the ways I've done that is to read Bible stories to my children as often as I can, starting in infancy.  I'd like to make it a daily habit, but as with all of life, most things are done imperfectly, and we get to the stories when we can!

Last week I just finished the above quoted collection of Bible stories with my son.  My sister picked it up for me a library book sale and it has proved to be an invaluable resource.  If you're looking for a good Christmas gift for the young children in your life, this would be a good book to pick up!  The Bible stories are very short (only a page long) and have questions at the end of them you can use for interaction or discussion.  Since I finished reading it to my son before his naps, I'm planning on using it for morning devotions with both kids, especially since my daughter is old enough for the questions now.

Now that we are done with The Read and Share Bible, I've begun The Rhyming Bible Storybook for Toddlers with my son.  I read it to him before his naps, and usually my daughter is in the room with me so she listens along too.  The rhymes are also very short, so it's perfect for nap time, but a lot of truth is packed into them in a very understandable way for young readers.  Here's a sample rhyme:

"In the beginning, God made the light.
The sun was for day, the dark was for night.
God made the sky,
And God made the sea.
He made every plant and flower and tree."

We also have one more week of morning devotions from Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing.  I love, love, love this book!  It's one of the best children's devotions I've ever read.  Each devotion is about a page long and includes a Bible verse at the beginning or end of the passage.  The author discusses many deep, theological truths at a level kids can understand, and every devotional is meant to keep you in awe of the character and love of Jesus.  Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book:

"The words God wants us to remember are just three small ones: I love you."

That is really what I want my kids to know: That God loves them.  That sent His Son to die for their sins.  So I will continue, as long as I have breath in me, to imperfectly "tell all the wonderful things he has done" to my children and trust the Lord with their souls. 



Monday, November 11, 2013

Contentment

"Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret
of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me."
-Philippians 4:11-13  

Ever struggle with being content, even when life is going swimmingly?

Yeah, me too.

If your heart needs some encouragement in this regard, check out our latest She Says podcast on the subject.

And know that the Lord sees your hungry heart and is willing to fill it up with good things.