Storybook Bibles & Fellowship with Others: 4 Moms Q & A

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How did your family fare through all the severe storms/tornadoes yesterday?

OK, no one asked that, but you’re going to hear about it anyway.

Last night  storm after storm moved through our area. We headed downstairs with our guests (now that’s one way to host an exciting get together) to keep up to date with some of the TV coverage so that they could safely get to where they were headed. Most of the large (several feet of tennis ball sized) hail hit 10 min. west of us, but this happened to our neighbor’s home:

Can’t see their house? It’s under the tree.

Amazingly everyone was fine and they had power even though the power box was pulled off the side of their house and the LIVE power lines were strewn across the ground. Not to self: If a tree falls on your house, do not walk around outside to access the damage unless you know exactly where the lines are.

We’ve had a number of trees come down in past storms and this time we fared much better.  Matthew and Carter lost most of the hard work they put into preparing the soil, designing and planting their flower garden and the ‘waterfall’ in our backyard creek  moved upstream about 3-5 ft. and of course we have all sorts of new debris to clear out.

Evidently our hometown area of southwest VA was hit hard and of course AL, not what you want in these economic conditions. However, we’re all fine and the kids (ours and the extra 4 who are here for the next several days) are excited to explore the damage around our yard.

Here are a couple of real answers:

Why do you avoid storybook Bibles?

We avoid storybook bibles because we want our children to hear, memorize and learn from God’s inspired Word. We believe that children are capable of understanding the Bible and would rather have them hearing (and reading) the inerrant Word of God rather than someone’s interpretation of  some of the stories pulled out of context, cleaned up and simplified often with some of the facts omitted and sometimes additional ‘facts’ added to make the story more interesting.

We prefer to read the inspired story itself and then take the time to explain to our children what is happening and what it means within the context of the whole Word. We hope that since our children are hearing the Bible read that there will be less error, confusion or misunderstanding on their part.

As a side note, we also avoid most abridged versions of any literature (and I’m not putting the Bible in the same category) but we enjoy reading great literature to and with our children and the Bible in particular.

How do you humbly & gracefully say no to other families that want to spend time with your family(because our personalities click) but we have very very different beliefs? (They don’t believe the Bible is the Word of God)

Well, this will vary from family to family depending on your particular situation and standard. When we are around families with whom we disagree and are concerned about their influence on our children, we simply stay all together rather than having the children go off to play independent from the adults. We do this by hosting the get together out of doors where we are able to watch the children playing, or indoors and just have some planned activities. Hiking or picnicking are other excellent ways to keep everyone together in a group.

We try to follow the standards set for us in Proverbs when we select friends, so while we enjoy spending time with those who believe very differently from us, we develop close friendships with those who will strengthen and encourage us in godliness.

The home should be the center of ministry for Christians. This is where we are able reach out and demonstrate the love of Christ by welcoming believers and unbelievers in to fellowship in the intimate setting of family. So bottom line: minister to families as a family.

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16 Responses to Storybook Bibles & Fellowship with Others: 4 Moms Q & A
  1. Sarah
    April 28, 2011 | 8:25 am

    Any translation is going to be someone’s interpretation–God didn’t give the Bible in English.


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Actually a TRANSLATION is not someone’s interpretation, it’s a translation. Could it be influenced by the sinful nature of the translator? Of course, which is one of the reasons we’ve chosen to have our children learn Greek, but there is a HUGE difference in reading a translation of the Bible (where the translators examined each word in the original language and translated it to the best of their ability into it’s English meaning) as opposed to a Bible story book where there is little to no concern (and the author probably doesn’t even know) the original words of Scripture and there isn’t even any attempt to relate the whole story only bits and pieces that the author thinks may be interesting to children. 2 Tim. 3:16


  2. Elizabeth
    April 28, 2011 | 9:23 am

    I am so glad you are alright. Thank you for mentioning it!
    I have been meaning to comment and thank you for your bread recipe. I decided to start making it when I saw your recipe mostly because it didn’t call for anything I had never heard of.. Anyway we love your Maine Honey Bread. It is so good and my children love it! I have gotten into the habit of starting it at suppertime since I am in the kitchen anyway. It doesn’t take much time and simply adds to the supper mess as opposed to creating a whole ‘nother mess! Can you tell cooking neatly is not my strong point? So anyway all that to say thank you for your inspiration! My family says thank you too! Also, a question you knew I had to throw that in there didn’t you? Do you have an economical source for honey or do you just bite the bullet and buy it??? Thank you so much!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I’m working on an economical source for honey (we’re considering getting hives). I do purchase much of our honey locally, but for the bread recipe I get the bulk honey from Sam’s, not cheap but better than other places.


  3. chantelle
    April 28, 2011 | 9:46 am

    I am glad that everyone is safe!

    I have a question about this question and answer that I hope you will answer.

    How do you humbly & gracefully say no to other families that want to spend time with your family(because our personalities click) but we have very very different beliefs? (They don’t believe the Bible is the Word of God)

    I thought your answer was great. I have this very issue with my husband’s family, so I keep us in one big group as well. Please give me an example of what to say when something very inappropriate is said to my child or right in front of my child. I truly need an example. I have struggled with this for twenty years. I usually become very angry and make an excuse to end our gathering, because I want to say something very ugly. Please give me an example to use that God would approve of. A simple statement or piece of scripture would be great, something short and sweet that I can practice and be able to recite calmly.


    Brit Reply:

    That’s hard. We have this issue too. While our son is still too young to understand what is being said (cuss words for example) my husband and I don’t want that kind of talk around our children ever.

    We have family members that cuss. When it happens I get so angry like I’m boiling inside! Since we know that certain people talk like that we decide to set the standard from the beginning. We say (in as nice of a tone as possible) “we understand that you live a different life than us,and we are not trying to judge you, but if you want to spend time with our family or our son you will not cuss, discipline or say fowl comment’s in front of our child.” Yes, it’s family, but we’ve decided that if they can’t respect that then they don’t need to see us or our child/future children.

    Good luck!!!


    chantelle Reply:

    Thank you so much! 🙂


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    When dealing with unbelievers or people who claim to be Christians but choose not be be governed by God’s Word, we often choose to ignore things (especially language) and then instruct our children at a later time. I think if it was family I would say something like, “We prefer that you not use that type of language in our home or in front of our children.” Honestly, like it or not, our children will be exposed to that type of language when they are out in public and we have tried to teach them to ignore it and move on.

    When family members choose to disregard your wishes, it can be very difficult and I don’t have a very good answer except to look to your husband for guidance and pray for wisdom.


    chantelle Reply:

    Thank you so much! I need to pray about it.


  4. Annie @ Beauty In The Surrender
    April 28, 2011 | 1:41 pm

    I, too, am glad that you all are safe! We have friends and family in Kentucky and know that there were storms that moved through the area. Good to know you all are safe and sound!

    I agree with your position on reading story book Bibles to your children. We received one as a gift for our daughter a year ago and while thumbing through it I found some blatant errors within certain stories. This book is from a well known Christian publisher I might add so I was disappointed that it was over looked, printed and sold. I put it in a box in our basement and although I don’t plan on throwing the book out (since it was a gift afterall) we won’t be reading it to the kids. There is enough deception as it is in this world. I’d much rather read the infalable Word of God to them rather a watered down, wishy-washy version.


  5. SaraA
    April 28, 2011 | 5:09 pm

    When will you be posting the winners of the 31 Days to Clean giveaway? Thanks!


  6. Rose
    April 29, 2011 | 10:57 am

    You’re a SWVA local too? My family is from Halifax county and I’m in school in the area as well. Such a small world!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    We lived in Bristol, VA less than a mile from the TN border from the beginning of our marriage until about 6 years ago. It is a small world.


  7. Eve
    April 29, 2011 | 5:39 pm

    I admire your desire to share the scriptures with your children and your generosity in sharing on your blog how it happens in your family. I really like how you said,
    “The home should be the center of ministry for Christians.” Really so true–I find this is a good motivation for me to continue creating that home of love to expand and also invite others to feel it, too.


  8. Dawn@OneFaithfulMom
    April 30, 2011 | 10:03 am

    Kimberly, I have found that when your children are exposed to God’s Word from the very beginning, they have no problem listening to it or participating in the study of it. My 6 and 4 yr olds participate in our Bible study, and the 6 yr old shares what she learns from our pastor’s 1 hour long sermons on Sundays.
    I think we just expect too little of our children sometimes. God’s Word was expected to be read to adults and children alike in the Old and New Testaments…why should we do any less?
    Thank you for being such an encouragement in this area!


  9. Becky
    April 30, 2011 | 10:11 am

    I’m near Roanoke! Blessed to have some spiritual neighbors :-)! Thanks for this post-I struggle with hospitality! We did not do it alot when I was growing up and find it hard in this area!


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