As the longest summer ever winds down and we squeeze in every last bit of summer fun that we can, I’ve been planning ahead for something special for our family this school year. I’d like to share it with you too!
Recently, in looking at news and events going on around us, I started to feel discouraged. I wondered what kind of world my kids will grow up in. I wondered how challenging it will be for them to follow Christ in a society that increasingly dismisses and even attacks biblical principles and Christian faith.
Then I felt convicted. Instead of dwelling on what is out of my control, I need to focus on what I can do, what I’m called to do. God has gifted us with these precious children and it is our job to raise them up as a new generation of believers.
I want to train up my children in the way they should go, so that when they are grown they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). I want them to be firm in their faith, hiding God’s Word in their hearts and using it as the guide for their lives. I want them to be prayer warriors, in constant communion with their heavenly Father. I want them to be so strongly grounded that no matter what storms may come, their solid foundation in the Lord is never shaken.
This is more than simply my desire for them, it is my heartfelt prayer and it is my calling as their mother – to raise little disciples, training them to go out into this dark world with the saving light of Christ.
Throughout this school year I’ll be creating a series of studies to use with my girls and I’ll be sharing them here for any other families who would like to try them. Although they will be geared toward the ages of my kids (toddler through young elementary) they won’t be watered down. We’ll deal with important concepts from why we can trust the Bible as our ultimate source of truth to how to defend what we believe and share the gospel with others.
I’ll be sharing a new theme at the beginning of each month, with four lessons included. We plan to do one lesson a week, but of course you can do them in any way that works for your family. Every lesson will include Bible readings, activities to do together to help make learning stick, and verses to memorize.
I’m really excited to start this with our family and also excited to share it with you! I hope you’ll consider joining us – look for the first study next Monday (Sept. 7) entitled “The Best Book Ever”!
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Hi Meg – with our little one just months old, do you have any recommendations for books that you found to good? Definitely want to start with our son young.
Hi Mike – There’s a sweet little book called Bedtime Prayers (by Bonnie Rickner Jensen) that I like. Very simple – each page has a verse and a prayer in the form of a poem. Also Tommy Nelson puts out one called 100 Bible Stories and 100 Bible Songs (Stephen Elkins) which has short Bible stories and includes a couple CDs full of very catchy songs. Songs are my other recommendation actually when they’re really little (and beyond!). I love the old Steve Green kid songs (that I used to listen to when I was little) that are Bible verses put to music. Hope this helps and hope you’re all doing well!