Welcome to this weeks edition of 4 Moms, 35 Kids: How Moms of Many Manage. Today we’re talking about how we implement Bible teaching into our homes.
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Mark and I believe that learning and applying Bible is the most important task of education.
Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. ~Job 28:28
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. ~Psalm 11:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. ~Proverbs 9:10
The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility. ~Proverbs 15:33
then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
In Proverbs 3 God reveals to us some of the benefits of wisdom (the fear of the Lord).
- Long life
- Favor and a good name in the sight of God and men
- Health to your body
- Material wealth and increase
- Riches and honor
- Pleasant days
- Safety and security
- The Lord’s presence
What more could anyone want in life? 🙂
God lays the responsibility for training children in wisdom (the fear and instruction of the Lord) at the feet of the parents. Christian parents hold the key to all the material benefits listed in above. We must work diligently to train our children to fear the Lord.
Let me be clear, our children are responsible for their actions and God will have mercy on whom He will have mercy. We can not somehow earn salvation (or blessing) for our selves or for our children by anything that we do or don’t do. However, God promises blessing for covenant faithfulness and one of the commands that He gives to parents is to teach all the things that God has commanded to their children and to speak of them all day and in all situations.
Teaching Bible to our children
Teach by example
Children learn what they live. If they see their parents praying and searching the Scriptures for all of their decisions they will learn to do likewise. In our home we strive to base every decision, action and attitude on the Word of God. We fail miserably and often and when we do we follow God’s prescription for repentance.
One of our children recently came to us and said, “You do x, what is the biblical basis for that?” He was right. We hadn’t thought the decision all the way through and we immediately changed our actions. It has been a blessing to watch our children respectfully challenge us to be even more biblical in our thinking!
Teach as you live
Talk with your children about the things of Christ. We do this all day long, everyday. We try to strain everything that happens through the sieve of God’s Word. We work to remind each other that we should be praying without ceasing, speaking kindly to others and treating each other as more important than ourselves.
We share with them many of the struggles that we are facing, the triumphs we experience and the lessons that we learn. Our children are a vital part of our lives and we teach them the ways of God as we live our lives alongside them.
One thing that helps us to keep our priorities straight is to consider our use of time. If our children are spending more time studying math or history than they are spending studying God’s Word then we reevaluate and restructure.
Give them godly heroes
Much of our children’s reading material focuses on heroes of the faith. Biographies and autobiographies of godly men and women inspire and encourage our children to emulate their bravery and commitment to Christ. The Voice of the Martyrs is a great resource for reading, prayer and action as these men and women are the heroes of the faith who are living in our world today.
Nurture Daily habits
Here are some specific things that we do daily to inculcate our children in the Word of God.
- Everyone who is able to read reads their Bible individually first thing each morning. (We’re currently reading through the Bible in 90 Days with this plan.)
- We read a chapter of Proverbs at breakfast every morning.
- We read the Bible corporately when we sit down to start our “school” day.
- We read the Bible during Family Worship
- Before our children are able to read we help them memorize the catechism.
- We spend time memorizing Scripture every morning at breakfast. (We use this memorization system.)
- We sing the same hymn or a Psalm before each meal for a month and by that time everyone has it memorized.
- Each morning Mark reads aloud a Bible study book to focus on issues that our family may need work on. (We’ve worked through Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends twice and have found Bill Gothard’s Character Sketches to be a wonderful resource. )
- At the beginning of our school day we study and discuss the Bible together as a group. We are currently using Matthew Henry’s Commentary.
- Each evening we have Family Worship.
The Bible is not just a subject, it is our life. It will take a lifetime to raise children who fear the Lord and only through God’s blessing will we ever reach the goal. Praise the Lord that He is merciful and does not depend upon our feeble efforts.
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