One Simple Way to Get Your Kids in the Bible

IMG_4645Want an easy way to get your younger kids in the Bible on a regular basis? Bible Gateway is a great, easy-to-use website that allows you to search, read, and even listen to the Bible in several quality English translations. Helpfully, they also have an app, through which you can access all the features of the main site, one of which is the Verse of the Day.

Since the Verse of the Day pops right up when you open the app, it could hardly be easier to read and share it in any number of situations: at breakfast or dinner, before bedtime, etc. In my case, I have my oldest son read it aloud to his sister and me as we make the short drive to their school each morning. Here’s my quick, basic game plan when we do:

1. Read the passage, usually twice. Since we’re talking one verse, this doesn’t take long and it usually helps us all comprehend just a bit better.

2. I try to explain any unfamiliar language in terms my kids are likely to understand and mention at least one way that the passage might connect with our lives. If my kids have questions, I try to answer those as well.

3. One of us prays a quick prayer in light of what we read and discussed.

To give you an example of how this plays out, here’s today’s verse: “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” (Psalm 143:10 NIV)

After we read it twice, I explained to my kids why “level ground” is a good thing (it’s not hard or dangerous to walk on), and I asked them why we would want God to teach us (because he’s good—the psalm talks about his “good Spirit”—and we can trust him to lead us in the right way, for our good). I then prayed that God would teach and guide them today, particularly in a situation one of my kids finds challenging right now.

The entire process usually takes two or three minutes. And if you wanted to review the verse, say, before bed, it would be a great to help solidify what you talked about earlier in the day. And don’t worry if you have hard time drawing a connection to your kids’ experience or if you or your kids have a question about the passage you can’t immediately answer (for more on that, see a previous post). Just doing the best you can will go a long way.

In fact, taking advantage of the word of the day on a regular basis will help accomplish several fundamentally important goals:

  • You will “feed” your kids. As Jesus said, we don’t live on bread alone, but “on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Mat. 4:4) Even reading verse on a regular basis can do a lot to nourish your kids with the truth that changes and shapes our lives in ways that, as we just mentioned, bring about our good, as well as God’s glory. By making connections to the concrete details of their lives, you’ll help your kids see the Bible as the essential and relevant truth that it is.
  • You will help your kids see that you value the Bible. No one has a better chance to influence your kids to understand the Bible’s authority and necessity for our lives than you do. If you care, so will they.
  • You will help your kids establish a habit of reading the Bible. If this becomes part of their lives when they’re young, they’ll have a much easier time making it part of their lives as they grow older.

As I mentioned, my kids are fairly young (8, 6, and 4), but you could easily adapt your approach for kids that are a bit older. And you could certainly accomplish the same things with another Bible resource, or verses that you select yourself. The main thing is simply to get your kids into the word that is “more precious than gold.” (Psalm 19:10)

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