3. Let Bible Time Be Sacred, Not Scary
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Throughout my adult life I’ve spent incalculable amounts of time romanticizing my quiet time. I’ve wanted my time in the word to be slow and sacred; for my coffee to remain hot while I poured over scripture. My reality is a complete contrast.
There are kids jumping on my bed when I’m trying to read, or boisterous conversations, or just a multitude of distractions. I’ve snapped at my kids, excluded them from my time in the word, and become kind of a scary mommy when trying to get in my time.
There’s nothing like raising littles to remind us that the word of God is not meant for our sole consumption to the exclusion of others. Yes, as parents of faith, we absolutely need to be modeling sacred rhythms for our children, however, instead of just modeling those rhythms how much better could it be to include and invite our children into those practices?
Are we so arrogant to think that God doesn’t see us right where we are, in the middle of our rearing and raising of little ones?
“Let the little children come to me…” Jesus says. Inviting little ones means inviting interruptions and distractions. Regardless, the inclusion of our children into our sacred spaces can have a lifetime of effect. We don’t necessarily need to sneak away for our personal time in the word. Instead, we have an opportunity to practice out those verses in Deuteronomy 6 and invite our children to be active participants in faith.
Proverbs 22:6 hits right to the heart saying, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” This wisdom language reminds us that our faith should be shared in our homes. When we connect with our children in ways that they can understand (with versions of the Bible that they understand, with different Biblical resources that are appropriate to their learning style) we help build a strong foundation of faith in them.
It is true, that ultimately our children will need to make their own decision to follow Christ. Nevertheless at the end of the day when we are imparting every tool that we can to our children, we are putting our own faith in motion and being good stewards over the children God has given us.
So, today, start with one of these simple tools and invite your children into time in the Bible. Let it be fun and lighthearted and remember to engage with them on their level. Finally, keep your ears open for their thoughts and feelings on what you’re studying together. You might just find yourself in awe of what they're learning.
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