How do I share God’s love story with my children?
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
The most important parenting you can do, family devotions are simply sharing God’s redeeming love story with your children. Everyone likes a good story, and God’s story impacts our children for all eternity.
I tutor my children in school subjects including reading, math, science, and history. I teach them socially acceptable behaviors including to floss their teeth, wash behind their ears, keep their finger out of their nostrils or anyone else’s, drink water, and eat fruits and vegetables so they don’t get scurvy. When they are older I remind them to rotate their tires and balance their finances. Certainly I want to include tutoring them in spiritual matters. The routine requires only seven minutes.
I want my nearest and dearest to know that Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame” (Rom. 10:11).
When they wonder if they are special, I want to have shared with them that God said, “For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’” (Rom. 10:12–13).
Scripture asks, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?” (Rom. 10:14). How indeed, if I have not told them?
As parents we research lots of educational options for our youngsters. Educating my children about the Lord is foundational for their life. Proverbs 1:7 states, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”
Affectionately called “Bible time” at our home, family devotions are simple. Bible time is, first and foremost, reading the Bible. As an example, I’ll share the process our family used in the next article.