Love at first sight—it does exist. How do I know? Because- from the first time I saw the Child Training Bible I was in love! What is the Child Training Bible? An awesome concept created by Mindy Dunn that makes teaching your children the word of God a little simpler. So simple, in fact, that children can use it themselves.
My husband and I have made up our minds to raise our children in a Godly environment. We want them to grow up to be women of God. We want them to be educated in His word, and that has to start with us. We must do our part and I’m so excited that I can use the Child Training Bible in the process.
I am determined to have my girls not only know the Bible, but to also understand it. For a little over a year now, we have been working on memorizing scripture. We take it at our own pace and don’t rush things. I want these scriptures to soak deep into their hearts, and am thrilled to say that they are also soaking into mine. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this isn’t just beneficial to my girls, it’s beneficial to me—which is one reason why I love the Child Training Bible so much.
Something I’ve noticed with kids (especially mine) is the phrase (usually used when they aren’t getting their way), “The Bible says share!” They also try other similar phrases, even though they aren’t educated enough in the word to back it up (don’t get me wrong, this is not me saying that it’s not there). One of the first two scriptures we’ve memorized are
“Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.”-Colossians 3:20
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long up the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”- Exodus 20:12.
When they try to use those phrases, I’m able to say, “Well, the Bible also says—” and I then quote the scripture. They can’t argue because they’ve learned it. With the Child Training Bible and it’s colorful tabs, we can quickly find these verses that are so important in training our children in the word of God—that’s another reason I love the Child Training Bible.
When showing the completed Bible to Naomi and Adah (5 and 3), I picked “Fighting” as a sample topic to explain to them how the Bible works. Naomi immediately said, “Yeah, cause sometimes me and Sissy fight a lot.” I flipped through and read a few of the verses, helping them understand the meaning and teaching them why fighting isn’t good. Later on that night, I overheard Naomi telling Adah, “The Bible says no fighting!” She had even read scriptures that day to prove it. 🙂
To make the Child Training Bible, you only need the following: Child Training charts, Bible (must be big enough to hold the charts), highlighters and tabs. The charts are available at Child Training Bible’s Website. You can also purchase the other products needed from the website, via links. Putting it together took me around an hour- but I was a little bit of a perfectionist trying to get my tabs to line up just right. 😉
When I look at our Child Training Bible, I see the colorful tabs and highlighted scriptures and am reminded of the rainbow and God’s promises to us in His word. So far, we have enjoyed our use of the Bible and plan to use it (and share it) much more. And guess what—you have the chance to enter to win your very own Chart Set to get you started on your own Child Training Bible! Just enter below!
“Train up a child in the way he should go,, and when his is old he will not depart from it”
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Child Training Bible in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.”
My oldest daughter, Naomi, came into my room in the middle of the night about a month ago, and she was hysterical. “Mommy! I had a bad dream!” She was crying and terrified. My heart was breaking. I listened as she explained, “We were eating at a restaurant. You were holding a snake and you kept trying to put it on me!”
Now, I realize this may seem small and petty to some, but she is four years old. As soon as she told me what the bad dream was about, I became livid. At her? Of course not. I began to comfort her, telling her everything was okay and that she knows Mommy would never do that to her. However, I was furious with the devil. As she was calming down, I started rebuking the devil in the name of Jesus and demanding him to leave my child alone. I told him he had no right whatsoever to try and come against my children. Let me be honest here, this momma will not tolerate someone messing with her babies. Especially when that someone is nothing but an insignificant being with no power over the name of Jesus Christ, and especially when through the name of Jesus Christ, I have complete authority over that someone. You better believe I was using it!
I prayed with Naomi and immediately started working on our new verse. Now her and Adah both say it every night after bedtime prayers, but they make it personal. “When I lie down, I will not be afraid; Yes, I will lie down and MY sleep will be sweet.” Any time there seems to be the tiniest ounce of fear, we begin to quote and it helps so much. Besides, God did not give us the spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7), no matter how often the enemy tries to put it on us.
This verse has me thanking God even more for His blessed word that brings peace.
“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
I couldn’t wait to teach this verse to my girls, mainly because I learned a song as a kid that I wanted to share with them. This verse always reminds me of that song, but we’ll get to that later. 😉
They did a great job with this one. Even Adah, who will be 3 next month, says it correctly. I think this is an important verse to learn, because a lot of times we get caught up in the cares of this life instead of the One who controls them. The Bible says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you;”- Psalm 55:22 We tend to forget that, when God begs us to remember.
The McGregor brothers came to our church for revival when I was a little girl (and many times throughout the years) and taught us a song called “Cast Your Burdens.” I was so excited to teach my girls this song with it’s movements to go along with this verse. I was even more excited when the McGregor brothers came to our church for revival this month and the girls got to sing the song with them. They had a big time and I loved seeing a fun tradition being passed along.
Below is a video of The McGregor brothers (Johan, Gershon and Manuel) along with my daughters, Naomi and Adah, my niece Essie (her mother is my sister and fellow blogger, Karen) and their friend Hannah (who is Angie’s 2nd cousin) singing “Cast Your Burdens.” I hope you enjoy!
Cast Your Burdens
Cast your burdens all to Jesus for He cares for you!
Cast your burdens all to Jesus for He cares for you!
Lower, lower, lower
Lower, lower, lower
Lower, lower, lower
Stomp satan lower!
Higher, higher, higher
Higher, higher, higher
Higher, higher, higher
Lift Jesus higher!
*This isn’t exactly about a memory verse that I taught my girls, but is more about the lesson plan I came up with to teach them about communion. I didn’t have them memorize the scriptures used in the lesson, just used them to get the message across.
Even though my children are still young, I felt I needed to start now in teaching them about communion. At our church, we try to partake in communion at least once a month, sometimes more when our Pastor feels led for us to do so. On one occasion several months ago, as we were getting ready to have communion, my oldest daughter, Naomi, wanted to do communion with us. Naomi is 4 1/2, but she thinks she’s at least 12. 🙂 Her dad and I talked it over and we decided that we wanted to go ahead and teach her about communion. We wanted her to know what it means and why we do it, so that she could understand and have part in it.
I did a little bit of research, but for the most part, I created a lesson plan that I believed fit Naomi’s level of comprehension (preschool/kindergarten). Through the lesson, we taught her the importance of communion and that it is a very serious event. Although it’s a kid-friendly lesson, it still shows the significance of what communion is all about. If you’d like to check out my lesson plan, you can find it here.
Once we completed the lesson, we prayed together and held communion as a family. Now when it’s time for communion at church, Naomi is allowed to join us because she has an understanding of what is going on. Through the lesson, she realized it’s more than just grape juice and communion bread. It’s more serious than that.
How about you, Moms and Dads? Do you realize the seriousness of communion? Or has it become just grape juice and bread to you? Maybe we could use a refresher course on the importance of communion ourselves…It’s really all about how much love our Savior has for us. And that love is a LOT.
“Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.”
We have obviously been working on this week’s verse for a while. The girls learned it quickly and didn’t have a hard time, but I ended up having to teach a class for our kids at church this week, and chose to base my lesson on this verse. I wanted to wait until I had finished that lesson before I posted my blog.
I have enjoyed working on this verse with the girls. First of all, it truly blesses my heart to hear my 2 1/2 year old and 4 year old quoting scripture. Second of all, this particular verse is an excellent example of how important it is to apply God’s word to your home life. Not only is it important, but it is also affective. We are using it daily in our home and outside of the home. The girls have learned that obeying your parents is the right thing to do, and it is also pleasing to the Lord. It pleases our Father when we do what is right according to His word.
I did an online search to find some crafts/coloring pages to share with the kids. I had a hard time finding coloring pages specific to this verse, but I came across a butterfly. I then remembered learning that butterflies mean “blessings,” and since we get blessings when we obey, the kids were given a coloring sheet with a few butterflies to color. I just did a Google Images search for butterflies and chose a few of my favorite to create a coloring page.
I also came across a neat idea for an Obey O-Meter. After reading about it here (http://www.daniellesplace.com/
Along with their Obey O-Meters and Blessing Reminders (aka…butterflies), I sent the kids home with a bookmark featuring this week’s verse. I was so excited when I found these at Lifeway and couldn’t wait to pass them out after the lesson. I hope the kids enjoyed learning this scripture as much as I enjoyed teaching it.
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You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
First of all, my sincerest apologies for the length of my “weeks.” I am a busy mom/wife and for a while, had limited access to a computer. I have less limited access now, so I plan to whip my weeks into shape! I am not any less busy, however, but I plan to not let it effect me as much. This is where I could use your prayers.
The girls did great with this verse. We didn’t do any specific craft or game with this verse, but we did have a special incident. We have Dish network and our package includes a channel called “The Light.” (Channel 975 for those of you who may be interested.) This channel does nothing but play contemporary Christian music constantly. A couple of days into learning our new verse (yes, I say “our” because teaching these verses to my kids causes me to learn them, as well, and I love it), we were listening to The Light. The song “Love the Lord” by Lincoln Brewster came on and I said, “Naomi, hurry, come listen to this song!”
She was so excited and shocked because it’s basically a song of the scripture. “Mom! How did we get this??”
“I don’t know,” I said. “It just happened to come on.”
She smiled a knowing smile and said, “No. I think Jesus sent it to us.”
You know, I think she was right, and I was proud of her for recognizing that. I took it as a sign that we are headed in the right direction. Although this week’s verse has sort of been a month long thing, I haven’t exactly beat myself up because I think sometimes we need to spend a little bit more time in certain areas of our lives. When it comes to loving Jesus with everything we have, we can never spend too much time on it. So here’s a challenge for you, spend some extra time on loving your Savior this week (or month, or year, or forever!). I’m sure He’ll appreciate it.
Psalm 149:3 “Let them praise His name with the dance; let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.”
They are kids. And I taught them a verse about praising God through song and dance. I almost think the scenario should have been the other way around. Don’t get me wrong, I do know about praise. But who am I to teach praise to these children who already long to praise God and praise Him in the purest form? They don’t praise Him because they have to. They don’t praise Him to be seen. They don’t praise Him to get something in return. They praise Him because they WANT to. They praise Him because they enjoy praising Him. Yes, I’m quite sure that instead of an adult teaching children about praising God, we should allow the children to teach us about praising God.
Now that I typed all of that out of no where, let me get back to how it went. 🙂 All Adah cared about was the timbrel and harp, but they enjoyed this scripture because they truly do love to praise God. At any given moment you can hear Naomi singing worship songs AT THE TOP OF HER LUNGS. And as long as Adah thinks that you aren’t paying attention, she’s singing, too. And as far as praising Him with a dance goes, both girls (and my nieces and nephews) are involved in the Mighty & Wee Warriors Dance/Drama Team at our church.
It is entirely okay to praise God; whether it be quietly with your hands raised, singing at the top of your lungs, or dancing and shouting, twirling and doing cart wheels. In fact, He longs for us to praise Him. That’s what we were created for, ya know. I encourage you to find a new way to praise Him this week. And don’t forget to try my kid’s favorite….CRAZY PRAISE!
I believe I was as excited about this week’s craft as the kids were. I did all the hard work, taking 2 paper plates (per child), hot-gluing them together, and filling them with various items. Each child’s “instrument” made a different sound due to different items placed in each one. One had acorns, one rocks, one rice, nerds, smarties, marbles, and beads. Be creative! Use whatever you have on hand (like we did). Once I had all the difficult stuff out of the way, the kids were free to decorate them however they wanted to. They could not wait to take them to church and use them outside of the house!
As you expand your praise life, encourage your children to expand theirs, as well. I dare you to even go as far as letting them create their own instrument to use. But beware, if you plan to attempt this craft, you must also plan to endure some joyful noise. 😉
Exodus 20:12 NLT
“Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
Well, as you know by now, I have two beautiful daughters- Naomi who is 4 and Adah who is 2- that are really great kids, but they have their moments where they don’t mind testing my patience. As we were working on our last verse, it crossed my mind that our current verse is a MUST. And before I went on to anything else, Exodus 20:12 had to be this week’s verse.
I was worried about it being a challenge for my girls. Not because of the verse itself, but because of the length. They have been doing great, but this one was a tad longer than they’re used to. I went with the NLT version to make it a little bit more kid friendly. With Adah being younger, I only taught her the first sentence. She did very good remembering it….except that any time I ask her to say it for someone she says, “Honor jour (‘J’s instead of ‘Y’s) mother and jour wife.” I think maybe that’s the version that belongs in the Husband’s Bible. 🙂
For Naomi, I taught her all of it and she did excellent, considering it’s length. She learned most of it and can say almost all of it correctly. I just have to remind her of maybe the first word in the last two sentences and she remembers it. I taught them that honoring their father and mother meant loving, obeying, listening, being good and being respectful. They learned that by doing all of that they not only make Mommy and Daddy happy, but also make Jesus happy.
As the week went on, if Adah was doing something she wasn’t supposed to be doing, Naomi would say, “Mommy! She’s not honoring!” I found this amusing and used it to my advantage. They wanted to honor, and I urged them to follow the commandment God gave to them (and the rest of us).
We didn’t have a big craft this week, but I made them a coloring sheet with the scripture printed on it and a picture of a family. They enjoyed coloring and were excited that they learned another verse. At the end of each week, I always hear, “What’s our next verse, Mommy?” I am so proud of them for how well they’re doing.
Don’t forget to check in next week…we’re learning about praise!
“Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You.”
Last week we learned that the Bible is God’s word. We also learned that His word is the perfect guide for the rest of our lives.
This week, we learned more about how God’s word is helpful for us. First, I taught the kids what ‘sin’ is…remember, my girls are 4 and 2….I try to simplify things. 🙂 I told them that to sin is to do something bad or to do something you know you are not supposed to do. I also let them know that God doesn’t like for us to sin. Then I taught them that learning His word is very important because it helps us not to sin. They learned that God wants us to read the Bible and remember His word, that’s how we hide it in our hearts, so that it’s always in us. When we have His word in us, we are better people and we don’t want to sin.
Ironically, if you take the song I posted last week, you can fit this week’s scripture into the chorus and sing it instead of Psalm 119:105. The kids found this humorous when we tried it. They were almost in awe. I love seeing them smile at my quirky ideas.
For our craft this week, I gave each kid a page with two matching hearts on it. I let them color the hearts however they wanted before we cut them out. After we cut the hearts out, we glued them together (only along the side and bottom edges) creating a pocket. When the pocket was ready, I had an “open Bible” cut out for them to write the scripture on so they could keep it inside their heart. At the last minute, I grabbed some ribbon and decided to make them into necklaces. You just never know how it’ll go for craft time! Or maybe I just never know. Lol!
Once again, I was amazed at how the kids transformed themselves for crafts. They went from fighting and bickering to the very best friends you’ve ever seen! “Yes, you did a great job coloring your hearts. We’re all doing so good!” It was almost as if they were reading from a script. I’m thinking about making craft time every hour on the hour???
I can only pray each week goes as well as the last two weeks. I’ve been enjoying it as much as the kids have (maybe more) and am surprised at how it’s encouraging me to hide the word in my own heart as well.
“Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
I chose this verse to start off our first week because I wanted my girls to know that as long as they had God’s word, they would never be in darkness. I explained to them that the Bible is full of God’s words to us and He wants us to learn them and memorize them. If we have His word in us, it will be the perfect light and guide to our every step and move.
As I was teaching them, I remembered a song from my childhood that had this particular scripture as it’s chorus. I taught them how to sing it and now they want to sing it at church, so we’re going to work on that. 🙂 I’ve always found that songs are helpful when it comes to remembering things, especially verses.
Both of my girls absolutely could not wait for us to do a craft to go with our verse, so we finally got to it on Saturday night. I was at my sister’s with my 2 and her 4 while her and her husband went on a much-deserved date. When I enlisted Josie (Karen’s oldest, 12) to help with taking pictures and spreading newspaper all over the floor, her and Karen’s other 3 kids decided they wanted to do the craft, too. My thoughts? Sure! The more the merrier! It was so much fun! We turned the tv off and huddled in the family room floor. I loved hearing each kid giggle as I painted their feet yellow! After they made their footprints, each kid got to decorate their page. They were so excited and really got into it. They all took their papers to the kitchen table and began the decorating process (tv still off!). It was a blessing to me to see them all involved in such a positive manner and only hearing the joyful noise of their laughter and creativity, not the annoyingness (is that a word?) of whatever happened to be on Disney channel or the kids fighting over who did what. I enjoyed it so much that I can’t wait til our next verse and next craft (Josie informed me they wanted to be involved in them all, which made me smile).
So verse 1, simple and sweet. Even sweeter, though, to hear Naomi (4) and Adah (2) quote them. I think I’m really going to love this journey, but not as much as my kids, nieces, and nephews. 😀