Are your kids in school yet? Some of you started almost a month ago. (Sorry.) Our kids started yesterday.
NOTE: I have updated and re-posted this each of the last few years. This year, I have included a free PDF that takes these principles and put them into an applicable-all-year-round format so you can use it and share it anytime. I’ve also included a link to my eBook – 49 Identity Messages Your Kids Need to Know – that goes along with #1. I’d love to hear how you’re making the connection between your kids, the Bible, and school in the comments below. Enjoy!
If I had to choose one word to describe the first month of the school year it would be: HECTIC.
The pace is insane, isn’t it? Here’s a glimpse at life with the Ferrin Five:
- Two kids in middle school.
- A third in elementary school (with a different start/end time of course).
- Three soccer teams.
- A wife who teaches kindergarten.
- My busiest travel season of the year.
- Squeezed in between we all have to eat, clean, do laundry, etc., etc.
As I said…HECTIC. Where does the Bible fit into all this? Especially for our kids?! For me, I can get up early and grab some coffee, my Bible, and a corner of the couch. But I want my kids to connect with God and His Word as well. So…what can we do?
Below are a five simple ways to connect your kids with the Bible. It’s certainly not an exhaustive list. In fact, I would love to hear your ideas.
1. Tape a Bible verse smack dab in the middle of the bathroom mirror.
Everyone needs a little encouragement first thing in the morning. Only thing is, no one wants to talk to anyone else! 🙂 So how about grabbing a sticky note, writing down an encouraging verse and taping it to the mirror. Voila! Here are a few to get you started:
- “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Ph. 4:5, NIV
- “The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth. Ps. 145:18, NLT
- “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” I Cor. 5:17 NLT
- “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Ps. 34:8, NIV
- “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Ps. 37:4, NIV
- “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” I John 4:4, NIV
If you’d like more ideas, I’d love to send you a free copy of my ebook: 49 Identity Messages Your Kids Need to Know (and Won’t Unless You Tell Them).
2. Read and discuss a verse or story while they shovel in their cereal.
Ok, maybe your family has nice, long, leisurely breakfasts with homemade biscuits, scrambled eggs, a different breakfast meat each day, and assorted fruit platters. Or maybe not. I have heard of families that have a longer devotional time in the morning. If that fits your family, I think it’s a fantastic way to start the day. If it’s more of a mad dash (like at our house), you might want to give this a try: Put off eating your breakfast until they leave the kids leave the house and read to them while they eat. If there’s time for discussion – great. If not – at least the ideas and words of Scripture are part of the mix!
3. Talk about a verse, idea, or story while driving/walking to school.
No headphones. No texting. No Facebook. No Twitter. Just talking. Maybe this one could go hand-in-hand with #2. You could share a verse during breakfast and then ask some questions while you walk or drive to school.
4. Use texting to remind them who they are.
I learned about this when my “bonus daughter” became a teenager. (Cool story. I’ll tell you later.) We didn’t see each other much. We didn’t talk very often. But if I sent a text, I heard back within seconds! Our text conversation usually went something like this:
- ME: As you walk thru your day, remember that you are a beloved child of the King of all creation. I John 3:1
- HER: Thank you so much! I needed that!!!
- ME: Your welcome. Now…stop texting! You’re in class.
- HER: 🙂
Give it a shot. Best use of texting I have found. (NOTE: Don’t overdo this one. No student wants 75 texts from mom and dad during the day. Every day or two should do the trick.)
5. Pray with them, for them, and over them before the lights go out.
Not just a general “Help him get a good night’s sleep” prayer. Specific prayer. Ask them what was worth celebrating that day. What they struggled with. What they’re thankful for. What they need prayer for the next day. What their friends need prayer for. Then pray. Out loud. While sitting on the side of their bed (or kneeling beside it). Include some of the blessings from Scripture as well. (I don’t think we do enough “blessing” these days. More on that in a future post.) Here are a few:
- “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26, NIV
- “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13, NLT
- “Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.” Jude 1:24-25