How To Teach Your Children About God's Word

Since I became a mom, the words of Deuteronomy 11:18-19 have never meant as much to me as they do now. They read, "Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." This made me wonder what I could talk about each day in obedience to these verses.  Here are some things I like to talk to my four-year-old girl about during the course of our day.

1. A Specific Promise of God 

For instance, Romans 8:28 promises that God works all things to good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Depending on your child's age will depend on how in depth your conversation will be, but depending on their age you could discuss this particular promise by discussing:
  • What does it mean that God works all things for good?
  • What stories in the Bible illustrate that promise (i,e. Joseph being sold by his brothers into slavery, but years later is used mightily by God during the seven year famine in Egypt.)
  • Who does God work everything to good for?
    • Then talk about a time when God worked something to good for you in your life.
  •  Ask your child, If God works all things to good for us, do we ever need to fear anything? Why not?
 The glorious promise of Romans 8:28 gives us every reason to put our trust and faith in the Lord. You might take a moment to pray with your child about the things that may possibly be weighing on his or her heart--thanking God for this promise, that He will certainly work their problem to good. It's just a matter of time. 

By just discussing the promises of God, we'd have no shortage of things to talk about with our kids. And that's just the promises. I like discussing Bible promises with my girl because they are great faith builders for both her and me.

Other wonderful parts of God's Word I like to talk about are:

2. But God Moments

Go to Bible Gateway and do a search for "But God". These are great verses that show the faithfulness of God. For instance, when Joseph's brothers apologized for selling him into slavery, he replied, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." (Genesis 50:20)

3. Miracles in the Bible

Here's a comprehensive list of miracles in the Bible from Nave's Topical Bible. Miracles are great faith builders and a lot of fun to read and talk about.

4. People in the Bible

My daughter and I love to read about and discuss various people in the Bible. (i.e. Moses, Daniel, Elisha, Peter, Paul, Timothy) There are so many people to explore together. Sometimes we like to look at young people in the Bible (Daniel, Timothy, etc.) talking about what they are known for, mistakes they may have made (to avoid) and good examples worth following. (1 Cor.10:11) We might discuss women in the Bible (Deborah, Ruth, Esther, Proverbs 31 woman, etc) or discuss the remarkable faith of particular people in the Bible (i.e. Noah, Roman Centurion, etc. ) The Bible is full of fascinating people. If you are ever struggling to find something about God's Word to talk with your child about, pick a character from the Bible and you will have tons to talk about. All the while your child will be growing in the knowledge of God.

May our daily talks about God's Word with our impress upon them that God's Word, and spending time in it is our number one priority, so one day they will have a deep love for God's Word and make it their number one priority too.

Question for you: What things about God, or His Word, do you and your kids enjoy discussing?



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26 comments:

  1. I love those "But God" moments, too. He really is the answer to every obstacle we face!

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    1. So true, Jennifer! Beautifully said! God bless you lots!

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  2. I love the "but God" verses idea! Thank you for sharing! We're neighbors at Womanhood with Purpose today! Blessings!

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    1. Misty, so glad you liked that idea. Those "but God" verses are so powerful, and encouraging to me. God bless you much!

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  3. Just found your site. What a great resource! I've been doing a new memory verse each week with my daughters, ages 7 and 9. The only problem is they seem to forget the old verses. Any thoughts?

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth for your kind words. So glad you were blessed. That is awesome you are getting your girls in the weekly habit of memorizing Scripture at an early age! It is a discipline that reaps big rewards!

      Great question about how to keep old verses from becoming forgotten. The way I keep old verses fresh in my memory, while continuing to memorize new verses, is by reciting my memorized verses once through sometime during my day, each day for 100 days after I finish memorizing a passage.

      Each day, reciting it becomes easier and easier because I am daily reinforcing what I worked so hard to memorize. For your girls you might ask them their verse at a certain time each day--like on the way to school, at dinner time, during the bedtime routine, whatever works to make retaining memorized Bible verses fun and rewarding.

      Here are three resources I believe you will find helpful in helping your girls retain their verses:

      1. A post I wrote on my plan for keeping Psalm 103 hidden in my heart http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/2012/08/my-plan-for-keeping-psalm-103-hidden-in.html

      2. My page dedicated to memorizing Scripture http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/p/bible-memorization.html

      3. A fantastic resource for memorizing Scripture. This was instrumental in how I now memorize Scripture and keep it hidden in my heart. http://fighterverses.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/extended-scripture-memory_andy-davis.pdf

      Hope these help, Elizabeth. God bless you richly!

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  4. wonderful ideas - and there is nothing more important! I have an idea for Elizabeth Ann May who commented above - my 3 boys are keeping a "Scripture journal" they write/copy their verses in it - the 6 year old traces where I write & draws pictures - the 11 yr old practices his cursive & 8 yr old does it like copy work! :)

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    1. Thanks, Kelli! Great idea, too! Thanks for sharing! I love the idea of keeping a Scripture Journal. What wonderful habits you are instilling in your boys to love and memorize God's Word. God bless you richly!

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  5. Great ideas! My daughter is only 9 months old but we are reading the Scriptures to her nightly and will be doing more with her as she grows. I will definitely be using your blog as a resource.

    Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, Tara! That is awesome that you are reading the Bible to her at such a young age. God's Word never returns void, so I know God will be using those precious times powerfully in your girl's life as she grows up knowing Him and His Word. God bless you richly!

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  6. I wish all parents were so proactive. It took me until our oldest was 5 to really think about how to form them with the Word of God and then it came slowly. Still, the Lord did guide me when I asked for wisdom and insight. He is so good!
    Thank you, and I am so glad you linked-up to share this wisdom.

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    1. Jacqueline, I agree God is so faithful to daily give us wisdom and insights when we need it. I love your praise report! Thank you for sharing. God bless you lots!

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  7. Great ideas! I've been looking for ways to bring the word more into the everyday through the day. :)

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    1. Thanks, Audra! I love how you put it, "ways to bring the word more into the everyday through the day." That's the key I believe for helping our kids grow in the grace and the knowledge of God: by them hearing the Word spoken each day and also seeing how the Word fits into their everyday life. God bless you much!

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  8. This is great! Thanks for all these ideas for teaching the bible to our kids. Practical and doable. Blessings!

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    1. Thanks, Christina! Glad these blessed you. God bless you lots!

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  9. My son is 16 now, but when he was younger, we always read the Bible stories and he grew up confident in God's love and promises. Just yesterday I came across a story in my old website where Josh after praying said, "God healt(sic) me!" It's so wonderful when we see our children growing in the knowledge and love of God! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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    1. What a sweet story about your son when he was younger! I totally agree with you. It is a joy to see our children growing in the knowledge and love of God! God bless you lots!

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  10. What a great article!! I blogged about something similar a few weeks ago here: http://www.littlerandr.org/2012/09/4-ways-you-can-teach-toddlers-gods-word.html

    Popping over from Thoughtful Thursday - Blessings from Croatia: A Little R & R: www.littlerandr.org

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    1. Thanks, Rosilind! I look forward to reading your post and visiting your blog. God bless you lots!

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  11. I don't have kids yet, I do teach children's church and this is definitely a powerful resource for on how to teach our kids the Word. Thanks for this post.

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    1. Gertrude, I totally agree: teaching Sunday School is wonderfully equipping in how to teach our kids the Word. If you do have kids, they will be very blessed to have a mama who loves Jesus and will teach them the Word. God bless you richly!

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  12. This is wonderful advice for young mothers! I'm keeping these directives hidden in my heart for my grandchildren someday.

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    1. Thanks! That is so neat to hear. Your grandkids will be so blessed to have you for a grandparent. Godly grandparents are priceless. God bless you lots.

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  13. Our children are still all very little, but they have Bible stories they request again and again. It's exciting to see them hide these treasures in their hearts, as they recite their favorite parts back to us.

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    1. Your kids sound so sweet. I love that age too! It is so precious to watch them get so excited about the Bible and be able to put the stories into their own words. My 4-year-old girl loves to act out the stories with me. She'll exclaim, "I'll be David, You be Goliath!" I've found just role playing Bible stories with her has helped her learn and remember so many specifics of a Bible story. It's very neat. God bless you much!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!