In a previous post, I made the case and gave suggestions for encouraging biblical literacy in our nurseries. What comes next? Preschool, 2- to 4-year-olds. At the preschool level, children should not only hear the Bible taught, but should also SEE it. What do I mean by that? And what other things can we do to encourage biblical literacy at this age? Read on...
Earlier this spring, Jon Bloom posted an article, “Seven Things to Pray for Your Children,” at Desiring God. Here is a summary of his seven things to pray:
Because those in the world are so quick to live vicariously through their children, to catalog their successes in conversation and on social media, we Christians are tempted to follow suit. We want to show the world that our following in the pathway of Christ doesn’t make us losers, but that in fact we are empowered for even greater successes. We Christians herald our outspoken
For whatever reason, my 2-year-old grandson David, is afraid of owls—really afraid. His fear of owls has even started to cause nightmares. As far as his parents know, the only owls he's ever encountered have been in Winnie-the-Pooh and Kipper (not exactly your frightening kind of children's literature). You're only 2 years old and you already know that there are scary things out there—things that want to get you in the night! This brought to mind some important thoughts from Dr. Russell Moore. In his message, “No Longer Tossed To and Fro,” he states,
In order for our children to hear and understand the gospel...we do not need to hide from them the dark aspects that the Scripture tells us about. They already know that something is wrong with the universe.
I have really enjoyed Noël Piper's book Treasuring God in Our Traditions . As the holidays are fast upon us, I would highly recommend this resource for every family. Noël not only gives great ideas for celebrating "especially" traditions like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and birthdays, but she also discusses the importance "everyday" traditions that help point our children God-ward. Here is an excerpt:
You shall teach [God’s words] to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (Deuteronomy 11:19)
When I get caught up in the biography of a person I admire, my family hears all about this person for days. Whatever someone says seems to remind me of some event
CDG Graphic Designer Gabriel Leake brought this video to my attention last week. I found it very inspiring and believe it is a wonderful follow up to Pastor Kempton Turner words from yesterday's post. Furthermore, I think that it could be used as a great "spiritual discussion" starter for older children (late elementary) and youth.
Ever have the Monday blahs? Does the week ahead seem long and difficult? Then watch this short video and be exhorted and encouraged by Pastor Kempton Turner from his message “Your Testimonies Are My Delight.”