Four ways we teach our children to love God and His Word include:
1. Consistently have family worship/devotions.
2. Memorize Scripture verses. Psalm 119:11, "I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."
3. Ask each other for forgiveness when we sin against each other. We pray that by doing this, our children will see that both mama and daddy are sinner's in need of Christ, and that they would realize they too are sinners, that they need to repent of their sin, and cling to Jesus.
4. Pray for ourselves and our children. We pray that God would be gracious with our family despite our many failings. For the first 3 years of our marriage, we rarely (almost never) had family worship. July 2012, we attended a church conference and heard a sermon about the importance of family worship; Drew and I were both convicted and repented of not teaching our daughter to love God's word. After that conference, we started singing, reading the Bible, and praying much more regularly. Our prayer is that God would convict Charis and Justin of their sin.
One tool I've started using to help my children learn about God and His word is The Bible is My Best Friend: Family Devotional by Sheila Walsh.
This devotional will connect your family both to God’s Word and to each other. Fifty-two key scriptures form the basis for the devotions, which build on the verses, challenge your child to commit them to memory and explore how each verse is part of God’s wonderful message.A few things I like about this book, it can be read and worked through the next year, with 52 devotionals you can start it the first week of January and finish it in December. It starts at the beginning (a very good place to start) with creation and ends with Christ's resurrection, ascension, and how we are God's disciples. Each week includes a Memory Verse, Let's Talk, Family Fun, Weekly Challenge, Back to the Bible, and Checkpoint. The way I've implemented this at home is working on the memory verse with my daughter Monday-Saturday and reading the passage at least twice. The other days I implement some of the suggestions (and change them if needed to suit our family). Not all of the suggestions work for both my children. Charis is able to do all of them, but Justin is not. At 20 months old, he is not able to dialogue back and forth with me (or Charis).
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