Last week I had a fantastic conversation with a friend on the phone. You know, one of those real heart, good, down to earth, share your heart, your mind and really encouraging one another in your walk with Christ kind of conversations.
Oh, those to me are the best.
In the midst of that conversation, we stumbled upon the topic of parenting. We are both parents, have children close to the same age and experience some of the same opportunities to guide our children to the foot of the cross: while we, also sit there in submission to the Father, as he grows us and transforms us…
In the midst of our conversation, she said something I had always ‘thought’ but never had the courage to say.
Our shelves are filled with parenting books, how to books and devotionals -but do we really need them?
Read that again:
“Our shelves are filled with parenting books, How TO books and devotionals-but do we really need them?”
Why did she make that statement?
Because truly everything you need to know, you may or may not have learned in Kindergarten, but you can learn it and find it in the Bible.
And that is exactly what we are doing with our children.
Notebooking for Children’s Devotions
Our devotional is our Bible. I love using the the Child Training Bible and some simple notebooking pages I have created for our home to compliment this system. (Please note, the notebooking pagesare available for you to use. I have contacted the owners of the Child Training Bible and they have approved me sharing these sheets with you. These simple pages identify the character traits/topics and appropriate color codes for each, but I have not provided the scripture associated with them). No, we don’t always use the notebooking pages….just a plain notebook works, especially when the printer is out of ink and we are working on a topic, I really want the children to notebook about…
Yes, I pull notebooking into our devotions. What better way for the children to really learn the Word of God. They copy the ‘topic’ and verse…and then, they journal (notebook) their thoughts, as we sit and discuss it together.
To me, that is the heart of discipling our children. Sitting, reading, writing and discussing God’s word together…. Are we perfect? No, but I have witnessed God’s mighty hand perform miracles in my own heart….
Do I enjoy devotionals? Yes, but in the end, it’s God’s word that counts!
How do you keep your Kids in Word?