Do you know what to say? Do you know where to start? Do you have the right answers? Do you have enough time? Are they old enough to understand? Will you push them away?
These are all legitimate questions you might ask yourself when you think about teaching your kids about God. But each one of these questions comes down to one simple answer found in Deuteronomy 11:18-19. It says, “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; …Teach them to your children."
No matter what questions we have, if God commands it, then we should figure out how, and do it!
We see in these verses that there are two parts to this command. 1.) We are to fix God’s words in our own hearts and minds AND 2.) We are to teach them to our children.
This week we will cover the first part of this command. After all, we can’t teach our children something we haven’t learned ourselves.
Let me put a disclaimer right here in the middle of this post. What has been mentioned above is SCRIPTURE! It is a command from God and is something all believers should be striving to do. But, what I will mention following this disclaimer, is mostly my opinion. It is only to give you some help in making these commands a reality in your life. Ideas, plans…. Make it work for you!
WHAT are you going to need?
Are you already studying the Bible? Are you memorizing God’s Word? If you are, great job! If not, lets start there. Pick a Bible study, or better yet, get a Study Bible and read through a book of the Bible at a time. Or, in my personal opinion, an even better option is to get a Chronological Bible and start at the beginning and work your way through to the end. (Check out this post Rebecca recently wrote on what makes the Chronological Bible a good way to study.) There are so many choices when it comes to studying God’s Word, pick one that works for you! You may also want a prayer journal or prayer box if you like to write out your prayers. It helps keep me focused.
WHEN will you meet with God?
You’re going to need to set a time. If you don’t set a time and somewhat stick to it, you will most likely not make it a priority. I know, believe me, I know. You have no extra time. If your life is anything like mine, every minute is usually accounted for, from sun up to sun down. Here is what I occasionally have to do with my own schedule. I have to start over. First, I pray for a couple weeks or more and ask God to make it clear what He wants me involved in. Then, I take a blank piece of paper and list what a typical week needs to look like. I START with what time I will have my Bible Study/Prayer Time. The right time for you might be first thing in the morning. It may be after you get the kids off to school, on your lunch break at work, sitting in carpool, or it may be the last thing you do at night. Whenever it works best for you, put it on your schedule and make it happen. I look at it like this, there are a million good causes out there that I could be a part of, but if I’m not first spending time with the Lord, then everything else I’m doing is in vain. I am doing it in my own strength and in my own power, which, truthfully, is just pointless. We NEED God’s words pouring into our hearts and minds often. We need to be taking our cares to Him, before we take them to our friends and Facebook.
After I’ve established the most important appointment I have, then I fill in the rest of the activities for each day of a typical week, starting with the most important things…feeding my family, work, kids school, church activities (serving, attending…), time with family, down time, kids’ bedtime, time with my husband, my bedtime…until my schedule is full. If an activity doesn’t make it on the schedule then I have to pray about either fitting it in somewhere, or more likely, letting it go for this season. Click the file below for a printable blank calendar.
WHERE will you meet with God?
Now that you know WHAT you’re going to do during your time with God, and you know WHEN you’re going to meet Him, the last thing you need to decide is WHERE. Sounds pretty simple, right? Just plop down somewhere. But if your house is anything like mine, it’s hard to find a nice quiet spot where you can sit alone with the Lord. If I’m the first one up in the morning, I grab my Bible from my nightstand and read it before I’m even out of bed. This way I don’t take the chance of waking somebody up and lessen my chances for alone time. If need be, I get up, lock my bedroom door, and find a warm spot on my big comfy chair. Having a specific place to meet the Lord helps me to be prepared. I keep anything I might need nearby so I’m not distracted by having to go hunt for a pen, my Bible, my prayer journal....
Now that we have a plan of studying God’s Word for ourselves, next week we will talk about some easy ways of teaching it to our children. We have a big surprise for you with next week’s post. We are so excited about it and hope you will be, too! Check Facebook this Friday for our big announcement, or here on the blog next Monday.
These are my tips for spending quality time with my Heavenly Father. I would love to hear yours! What works for you????
Audra and her husband Jordan are called to ministry and he is the senior pastor at their church. They have two beautiful children who bring them tons of joy, lots of laughs, and on occasion new grey hair. She is a former teacher who still loves to teach, enjoys cooking and baking, and has a passion to lead other women to know Jesus and live out their faith in Him.