The events the past couple years have really helped my whole family grow closer to Jesus. As we look around at all of our blessings, direct answers to prayer, and daily guidance in our decisions, we realize how we it all to Him.
We have always explained to the kids that Christmas is Jesus’s birthday and tried to work against the societal norm truly focus on the “reason for the season” rather than Santa Claus and presents, but about a year ago the kids suggested taking it a step further.
We sang Happy Birthday to Jesus and tried to think of a present to give to Him.
What can we possibly give to Jesus? My husband and I have faithfully modeled good Bible-reading habits as we have grown stronger in our faith, but had not really shared that joy with the kids.
It was time for that to change.
The kids were so excited about the new change to their bedtime routine. Every night we discuss our favorite and least-favorite parts of our day. Then we read a section of the Bible. Usually it is not a whole chapter, but one heading of a chapter at the very least.
At first we started in the Old Testament. I made bookmarks with a reading plan that outlined what we were going to read each evening and we went down the list and looked forward to the next evening’s reading.
We had been watching the History Channel series “The Bible” as a family over Christmas break. This seemed to give the kids a general background knowledge of what was happening, and whenever we read a story that was visualized in the series, the kids would make connections as we discussed the reading.
Listening to them discuss the Bible with each other has been absolutely amazing! Just another blessing to add to the list.
Anything that involved Jesus totally engulfed their attention, so as we progressed, we decided to put away the daily reading bookmarks and focus our studies on the New Testament.
Did we finish the entire Bible in a year? No, but what we gained was so much more.
- We are redirecting a small amount of time during our day for quality time with each other and with our Lord and Savior.
- We are remaining in God so He can remain in us like John 15:4 guides us to do.
- We are creating a lifelong love for God’s word by making connections to things in our everyday lives, from guidance on how to choose friends to praying for bullies.
- We construct a family basis of knowledge of how to live in a way pleasing to God. This really helps rationalize disciplinary procedures for all of us.
The Bible truly is the living word of God. It answers all of life’s tough questions.
I thought it would be hard to think of something to give to Jesus. His grace is beyond compare, but He wants our time to draw us nearer to Him.
Do you read the Bible with your kids? What are your routines? How has it changed your family? Share your comments below.