This Little One Who Follows Me

As a busy mom, I am always interested in ways I can spend more time in the Word while still meeting the needs of my family and getting things done around the house that beg to be done. While a morning quiet time is doable when my family is still sleeping, I still need to be refreshed by the Word as I go about my day. And as my baby gets older, I want her to impress upon her that time in the Word is a high priority in my life. One way I do this with her now is by daily singing "The B-I-B-L-E, yes that's the book for me...[1]“Though I can communicate by my words how much I esteem the Word of God, it's my actions that will speak volumes to her. She may believe what I say, but she'll always believe what I do. My favorite parenting poem, The Little Girl Who Follows Me, reminds:

A careful mom I ought to be,
A little girl follows me.
I dare not go astray,
For fear she'll go the self-same way.

I cannot once escape her eyes,
Whatever she sees me do, she tries.
Like me, she says, she's going to be,
The little girl who follows me.

She thinks that I am good and fine,
Believes in every word of mine.
The base in me she must not see,
That little girl who follows me.

I must remember as I go,
Thru summers' sun and winters' snow.
I am building for the years to be,
In the little girl who follows me.

Author Unknown

Though my days are busy, one simple way I've found to get us both in the Word more throughout the day is by keeping the TV off during the day (and recording any show I don't want to miss) and turning on my computer or iPod so we can listen to my audio Bible. Though she probably doesn't understand what she's listening too, one day she will. For now, I rest in the promise that God’s Word does not return void. (Isaiah 55:11) Furthermore, I'd much rather her be listening to the Word than TV playing in the background. The nice thing, too, about listening to the Bible on my computer or iPod is we can pause it at anytime if we need to, and pick it right back up where we left off. For variety, sometimes we'll listen to Bible teachings by my favorite Bible teachers like Pastor Chuck Smith. iTunes has tons of wonderful podcasts, free to download, by many wonderful Calvary Chapel pastors. Like I said, my little one probably doesn't understand what she's listening to, but one day she will. So I'm glad we're getting into the habit now.

Question for you: What things do you do to help you and your children be in the word together?



Copyright © 2009 Brooke Espinoza.


[1] http://www.ebibleteacher.com/children/songs.htm#BIBLE

3 comments:

  1. Hi Sweetie, Wow! I'm impressed and delighted to read your site. Well done you faithful servant!! Love, Uncle Mike.

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  2. I always listened to the scriptures when my children were young. But I had the blessing of having much of it recorded by my husband so I listened to his comforting baritone. When he was out late working and I couldn't sleep, the babies and I would listen to Daddy's voice reading scripture and it was a very comforting thing to all of us!

    Thanks for linking up this week.

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    1. Kate, that is so awesome! I love this! Thanks for sharing! God bless you much!

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