Just as it is important for parents to give attention to their children’s intellectual growth, it is also vital to attend to their spiritual growth.
Not that there’s anything wrong in helping your children grow academically, but as a parent you need to understand that it’s much more important to teach them how to study God’s Word. Remember what the Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV). In other words, if you start exposing them to God’s Word from a young age, you can be sure they’ll be well prepared to handle challenges later in life. Here are some tips to help you:
- Get your children a Bible and a devotional that is appropriate for their age. We have Rhapsody of Realities devotionals for Kids and Early Readers available on our website
- Deliberately create time to have a Bible study with your children. It could be in the morning hours or at night before bedtime (Deuteronomy 6:7-9). Doing this, will make them see how important studying God’s Word is.
- Read Bible stories with the younger ones and get the older ones to read chapters in the Bible. You can start them off with a chapter per week.
- Encourage your children to memorize Bible verses. A scripture a day or per week will do. Look for fun ways to help them memorize, either by putting a tune to the Bible verses or getting them to say it out loud to themselves, which is actually a form of meditation (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2).
- In your daily interactions with your children, teach them spiritual values and principles from God’s Word. This way, you create the consciousness in them to always depend on God’s Word.
- As your children get older, encourage them to have their own one-on-one time studying God’s Word. When they read a story, portion or chapter of the Bible, they could ask themselves reflective questions such as:
-who wrote the passage?
-who was it written to?
-what’s the main point or lesson?
-how do I apply it to my life?
- You can discuss these questions with them, too, to be sure they fully understand what they read.
- The greatest thing you can do for your children is to give them the right foundation which is God’s Word.
BIBLE VERSES FOR YOUR CHILDREN (NKJV)
Teach your children to memorize these simple Bible verses and to say the confessions, too.
- Deuteronomy 6:6- “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.”
Kids’ confession- The Word of God is in my heart.
- Joshua 1:8- “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night.”
Kids’ confession- I will meditate on God’s Word always.
- Psalm 119:11- “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”
Kids’ confession- The Word of God rules over my heart daily.
- Psalm 119:105- “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Kids’ confession- God’s Word teaches me what to do at all times!