Little ones can begin to understand the power of God’s Word as we teach them God’s promises and apply them in our daily lives. Let’s take a look at a few practical ways we can do just that:
Use simpler words that you can repeat often.
I think it is important for children to read and memorize Bible verses exactly as they are written in the Bible. God chose to use the words He did for a reason. Plus, since memorization comes easily for them at such a young age, there's no reason not to have them memorize the exact verses.
For example, for Exodus 20:12 I might say, "Honoring mommy and daddy brings you blessings!"
Use their personal lives to apply God's promises.
Even without much personal experience, children's lives still present opportunities to teach and apply God's Word and promises.
"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)
Talk about God's promises at times other than during correction or discipline.
It's easy for parents to remind children what God's Word says when they're being disobedient. But sometimes that's not the most appropriate time. Emotions are heightened, and attention spans are compromised. Plus, we never want God's Word to be used as a punitive tool. God does not intend for the Bible to be punishment. It's better to teach God's promises during small moments of the day.
Relate God's promises in Bible stories back to your child's personal life.
There are many well written children's Bibles available that teach God's Word in a way children can understand without undermining deep truths. However, sometimes Bible stories can be difficult for children to relate to because the culture is so different from ours today. It's important that we don't just read the stories to our children, but that we also use that time to discuss how they apply to our lives today.
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