Teaching our kids to become strong and confident in the Lord is a tough job. I’m sure you agree with me. Yet so many of us don’t have this time with our kids. Organizing Bible Time for your kids is one of the best things you can invest your energy into.
There is so much pressure for moms to get it right.
There are all kinds of curriculum, all kinds of advice and never enough time.
Reality is, our kids need a good foundation to live full of God and His promises. We all know this. What holds us back is execution!! And maybe some fear.
It’s time we start following through with what we know is important.
I like to think of Bible Time as important as bedtime. Our bodies need sleep so we prioritize bedtime. We have routines for bedtime and we do it at the same time every day. Our kids learn pretty quickly what to do and generally do a good job. So if we create a routine out of Bible Time, our kids might just surprise us.
Here are my 4 easy steps to organizing a Bible Time for your kids that works.
1. You need tools. Not many but a few.
A Basket – This basket is full of your supplies to study. It’s nice to have everything together and easily accessible for the kids.
Bibles – I recommend a couple different versions. An adult Bible and a kid’s Bible.
Pens and/or highlighters – To use while going through scripture.
Additional reading (if necessary or desired) – Sometimes it’s nice to go through a book together in addition to the Bible. It’s also nice to have Bible tools available for teaching too. I recommend only one at a time to limit overwhelm.
Notepads – One for each member of the family. Even if your kids are too little to write they can participate by doing what everyone else is doing. Your 3-year old may have nothing but scribbles in his or maybe no marks at all. At this age it’s not about content, it’s about building the habit.
2. You need time.
When you find a time to sit and learn together the whole experience is fun. It doesn’t have to be overly prepared but it should be consistent. Remember building the habit is the most important thing at this age.
3. You need a method.
In the beginning for us, getting Bible time done was rough because we didn’t have a good plan to learn or even an idea of what we wanted to accomplish. I just wanted to do it. I felt convicted to do it.
After talking, praying, and reading we learned what was best for our family.
What do you want to do in Bible time? Memorize, write the word, word studies, topical studies? Are you kids older, younger? What are you dealing with at home?
I recommend starting with something simple like this.
- Read with mommy.
- Write the verse if old enough. If too young, write it with them.
- Repeat out loud. Only a small verse for a whole week is plenty. Kids love repetition.
- Pause. Take a minute and reflect on what the scripture is saying.
- Pray. Make sure you pray the verse or part of the scripture that you read.
4. You need consistency.
What is holding you back from doing this everyday?
Everyone has their own story. If you are not consistent, think about why and God to reveal why.
Here are some questions to ask yourself –
Do I struggle with letting God into my life on a daily basis?
Do I need to spend some time getting my schedule under control?
Do I need someone to ask “did you studied today?”
Whatever it is that you need to get consistent, get it or do it. Find the time that works well and do it everyday. Find a person to ask the tough question if needed. The power is in your hands to bring the Bible to your children!
When your kids get the habit, they will help remind you too which is an added bonus!
If your kids are a bit older and have less than perfect Bible habits, start now. You haven’t missed out on this teaching opportunity. Seize this day. Don’t miss this opportunity to teach your kids the importance of godly disciplines.
Just remember, any age is a good time to start. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to fill your basket and disciple your kids.