What God, you mean I am suppose to share with the ones I live with…
I remember sitting at bible study overhearing some moms talk about family devotional time and challenges they were having with their little ones sitting still and praying about unicorns. The first thought that popped in my mind was, I am not sure that would ever work in our home. This thought was not from the Lord. 😉 My son was 3 and my daughter was newborn.
Am I suppose to be doing this? I thought to myself, is this part of my purpose? How can I teach the people I live with when I am learning myself? It wasn’t to long after this blessed morning when the Lord, gently and lovingly whispered to me during my quiet time (or as I like to call it, my secret place ❤️), “If you don’t tell them these truths, who will?”
We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders. For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, so the next generation might know them- even the children not yet born-and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands. Psalms 78:4-7 NLT
This was my first and most important call into the ministry. Up until this point my relationship with Jesus was mostly just between Him and I. I had not shared the gospel much. I was beginning to grow in God’s Word like I had never experienced before and friends, you can only read the bible so long and then at some point, out of pure love and joy you have a desire to share.
Although I knew I must be obedient and begin the read the words of Life in our home, I had no idea how to get this started. I prayed. Friends, when you ask the Lord to help you share the gospel in your home, He will help you. Then I began to ask some friends at bible study. Nothing that I began to do in our home was my original idea. Mommas that love Jesus have great ideas, use them! The way I share the Word in our home most likely looks different than how my friends do. Try some things and use what works for your family.
Questions and doubts flooded my mind as usually happens when I venture into the unknown. Where does this fit in our day? Will my family think I have lost my mind? Will my little ones really listen and retain something? And the question that plagues me most, what if I don’t have the answers? I did my best to push these questions aside and trust the Lord.
I simply began by putting my kids in my lap in the living room with my husband and reading from a recommended children’s story book bible. This happens to fit in our day before bedtime. The two books we have enjoyed the most are, The Jesus Storybook Bible written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Read and Share Bible Stories by Gwen Ellis. We also enjoy the Bible App for kids by YouVersion. My 8 year old son is now beginning to fact check the stories so we always have his bible handy. We end this time with questions or comments about the story we read. I am learning right along with them. This does not take place ever single night but we do try to do it as much as possible. This time in our house does not always look picture perfect, some nights it’s more of a conversation about being a good listener. But, I can look back over the last five years and see God’s Word changing us for good.
We sometimes like to do special things around Christmas and Easter. This is a good change in routine. We have done scripture chains, Jesse tree ornaments, and The Donkey in the Living Room by Sarah Raymond Cunningham for Christmas. All of which friends recommended and I found on Pinterest, just make sure it is biblical. For Easter which happens to be right around the corner, we do ressurection eggs. My children love these and I too can’t wait to get them out this year! I discovered these when I was invited to a sweet sister’s house and a room full of mommas that love Jesus made them together.
The Lord in His goodness would not leave me alone about reading the Word of God to my family. And Hallelujah, Praise God, He didn’t! Some of the best moments and conversations in our home have blossomed from this time.
Lord, thank you for your Word. Help us to carve out time to read the bible and engage in conversations that matter with the precious ones we live with.