Jul 9, 2013

Tuesday SHINE....

Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 15

Happy Tuesday, SHINE girls! Oh, our reading is getting GOOD! I can hardly stand it!

Last night, our church had VBS. Lem and I are "crew leaders", which just means we get some incredible little kids in our group and we just lead them to each activity.

Every year, I underestimate the effect that these little faces will have on my heart. Every year!

This year, I have about 10 sweet little faces in my group. They are so eager to learn about Jesus, y'all! At the end of the activities, during wrap-up, I asked them some questions about what they learned.

They knew every single answer! They really did!

Their little hearts are just so eager to learn and to be fed God's Word. The excitement in their faces as they learn about Jesus is the most precious thing you have ever seen.

Let me also just point out that the kids in my little group are not regular church attenders. These little special ones are bused over from a local community from a wonderful couple at our church. Most of them have never heard these Bible stories they are learning this week. They are completely fascinated!

Do you have children? If so, this post will speak to your heart.

If you do not have children, this post will still speak to your heart. We are all surrounded by children. In our neighborhoods, our community, our churches, our families...everywhere.

My friend Lisa posted this a year and a half ago, and I have never forgotten this post.

Be blessed this morning, my friends.

Hide His Words 
by Lisa Inlow

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT)  Never stop praying.

Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)  Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. 

I'm going to ask y'all a question I ask myself.  If I don't pray for my kids, daily, who will?

Another thing I ask myself.  If I am not reading God's word to my kids, who is?

So let's break it down in a momma's day.  We have a lot to do.  We look at the clock about 30,000 times because we are thinking about carpool, naps, snacks, lunch, carpool again.  We are busy girls.  Throw in the dryer constantly buzzing...

I will just tell y'all some things I do.  I strive to do one or some of these things daily.  I will admit, I fail, miserably.  But I get back to it and strive.

Breakfast, you have a captive audience.  If you have littles at home, one or all are contained in a seat with a strap, right?!   Get your Bible out, or log onto youversion.com and read the Proverb of the day, (Proverbs has 31 chapters, one for each day of the month) or read your SHINE passage from 1 Samuel.

Can't get through the whole chapter, fine.  Read what you can.  One, 2, 5, 8 verses...doesn't matter.  Just open God's Word and read it to your kids.

A question is often asked to me. "They won't understand, my kids are 18 mos and 3."  I believe God's word is breathing.  Living.  Inhale.  Exhale.  As I like to say, I believe the Father speaks Max and Jenna.  Meaning, I believe he speaks their language.  For real.  We don't think the Almighty's words can speak to the heart of a little one?

Matthew 19:14 (NLT)  But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”

Just this morning I read the story of David and Goliath to my son while he ate breakfast.  He is 6 1/2 and don't you know he listened and said "wow" a lot!  We connected over God's Word.  Then in the car I talked to him about David's faith in the Lord.

Let me stop here and say this.  I am not a scholar.  For heaven's sake, I had to drop out of High School and get my GED.  So if you're thinking, "I can't teach my kids the Bible"....just tell them what you get out of the passage you are reading.  Don't over-think!  (oh we all do it!)

Our children don't expect us to have all the answers.  Let the Lord handle that.  Just start reading.  They ask you questions you don't know the answer too?  Tell them you don't know, but that you will try and find the answer.  How to find the answer?  Google it.  I'm totally serious.  Pray, ask the Father to give you wisdom as you teach your (HIS, actually) children the Word of God.

Pray!!  Try to read Psalm 91 each day.  Or quote Psalm 23 or 1 Corinthians 13 as a prayer.  Or simply, talk to the Lord together.

In August 2009 my oldest started pre-school.  So I wrote Psalm 91 out on a piece of paper and would read it on our way to school at red lights.  Stop at the light, pick it up, read, typically finishing up in the carpool line.

One day as I was reading at a light, it turned green and I had to put my paper down.  Y'all ready for this??  He started quoting the next verse!  Barely 4 years old, quoting God's word from memory!  Why?  Because he kept hearing it day after day.

We still quote it, and little sister has joined us.  Don't y'all know I choke up a lot of mornings hearing those voices in my backseat.

All I did was write it on a piece of paper and read it at red lights.  HE did the rest.

What about writing Scriptures on 3X5 cards.  Read them to your kids before bed, at the breakfast table, again while sitting in traffic.  Keep them in your purse or tucked in your visor or console.

We can do this SHINE girls.  We HAVE to do this!!

A quick story before I close this post.  My mother gave her heart to the Lord when she was pregnant with me. An older woman (Titus 2 in action) reached out to my mom. She saw a young woman with 2 daughters and one on the way, in an extremely difficult marriage. A word of wisdom this lady, Mrs. Tannehill, gave my mom was to read the Proverb of the day, daily, aloud to my sisters and me. When my mother responded, "but they won't understand what I'm reading", Mrs. Tannehill wisely replied, "do we teach our children English, or do they learn it because it's all they've ever heard?"

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