And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
The Word of God—the foundation upon which we want to build our family…
From early in our relationship, my husband and I have known that we wanted our family decisions to be based on biblical principles. It’s not something that comes easily, and we often fail. One thing is sure; the more time we spend in God’s Word, the more likely it is that this desire will be a reality.
The question has been, what is the best way to incorporate Bible study into our daily lives. We knew we would study the Bible in our homeschool, but how? I grew up in a Christian school and attended a Christian college, so Bible was always one of my “subjects.” We really wanted it to be more than just a subject, or something to check off our “to-do” list. Don’t get me wrong. We have Bible lessons each day, and the kids do have assignments to accompany them. I’ve intentionally chosen not to use a premade Bible curriculum because it just didn’t work for us. At times I’ve been tempted, but when I’ve tried to use the Bible lessons that accompanied a complete curriculum that I had purchased, my heart just wasn’t in it. I found that I actually needed to be praying about what we needed to be studying at the time. I needed to study and prepare it myself in order to be enthusiastic about sharing it with our children. If I’m excited, it’s much more likely that they’ll be excited!
One of my favorite things to do with our younger children is to keep a Bible notebook. This is idea that I borrowed from My Father’s World. Several days a week the children will do a project that can be glued on one page of their notebook. On the facing page they write or copy something about the Bible lesson. These notebooks are full. They are bulky. They have rough edges, and they are treasures! My little ones love to go back through them to look at what they’ve made, and the discussions this evokes are precious.
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