I started this series a few weeks ago when fellow bloggoer Christy posted about memorizing the word.
In Part 1, I thought I was going to get all this wonderful insight and find great advice and tips and tricks to teach my kids in the funniest possible way. In Part 2, I realized that finding the fastest and funniest methods don't really compare to being aware of the teachable moments where you can use the scriptures to build or fortify a belief in God in my kids. In Part 3, I realized that the funniest ways to teach my kids is by incorporating things they already like to do...like yelling at the top of their lungs. So I let them learn a new verse in the loudest outside voice they could use...and it was super fun and successful!
In this last post on this subject, here is what I learned over the last month and half.
1. My kids like to read scripture on my tablet or phone.
This is a different generation and technology is fascinating! While I would love if they curled up in a corner with a book, like I like to do, they like to push buttons and turn electronic pages. So coupling the scripture reading with their fascination with technology is fine.
2. Of all the resources available to show me how to teach my kids, the best resource for me is the Holy Spirit.
I tend to get analysis paralysis. So I can literally search the internet for hours and days to find the best tips, only then to get so much information that I don't do anything with it. For me, asking the Holy Spirit how to teach my kids, not only gives me specific, detailed, methods tailored for the spiritual growth of my kids, but it also increases my dependence on God for eveything. It keeps me in the habit of relying on God to meet this need.
3. The scripture is God's word and saying God's word brings God's presence and His presence makes us bold.
Lastnight after tucking in my boys, they called out to me. My oldest revealed that he was afraid of the closet doors in the dark. I sat in the dark with him and I listened to him use his words to articulate what he was feeling and why ( another lesson we'd been working on so I was so proud he did such a good job). As I was listening, I asked God for wisdom because it was a teachable moment. I didn't scold him for feeling fearful. We all feel fear and shaming him for feeling it is absurd. God teaches us to choose to believe his word over our fear, and as I parent, I have to pass the same instruction to my kids. So in the dark, I asked him if he remembered Psalm 23. And we said it. Then when we got to the "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,...." he, without prompting, yelled "I WILL FEAR NOOOOOOOOO EVIL". I said "WHY?" And both my sons said "Because GOD is with me".
That was a powerful moment. I could sense the presence of the Lord in the room in a great way. My kids realized that they can depend on God. They wanted to get up and go over to the closet and say to the closet doors "I will fear no evil". In the dark, over we went, spoke the word of God and went back to bed. After hugs and kisses, I left and they went to sleep.
I am amazed at the lessons I learn as I teach my kids. I hope it inspired you in some way!
Thank you for Your Word. As we choose to keep your word in the forefront of our mnds, we can experience victory. God I pray for any parent or care giver who reads this. Show them how to teach the kids in their charge to know you and rely on you. Remove the lies, barriers, and wrong expectations, that keeps them from the simplicity and power of your word. Amen!