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Teaching Your Kids How to Use the Bible

Teaching Your Kids How to Use the Bible - Parenting Like HannahWe spend a lot of time in Christian education and parenting circles talking about the importance of exposing your kids to the Bible. We give you all sorts of tips on helping your kids transition to independent Bible reading. Your kids may be hearing a lot of Bible stories at Church or perhaps at a Christian school. Some of you may have children that could easily beat the average adult in a Bible trivia contest.

All of those things are wonderful. Except for one thing. Do your kids only know Bible facts or do they know how to take those stories and use the principles and commands in them to live a Christian life? Sadly, for the majority of kids and teens, the answer is “No”. Not because they don’t know what is in the Bible. It’s because they haven’t been taught what to do with all of that information floating around in their heads.

Without understanding what they need to be learning from Bible stories and the skills to put it into practice, it’s little wonder so few Christian young people are living a godly life. Some of it is indeed rebellion, but much of it is because they don’t even know what living a Christian life means or how to do it. To them, Christianity is that pretty church building where they worship and not much more.

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Let’s Build a Boat! – Fun, Flexible Family Devotional

Let's Build a Boat! - Fun, Flexible Family Devotional - Parenting Like Hannah

Have you ever noticed how many boats there are in the Bible? Using boats to help your kids understand the Bible can be a lot of fun – especially as the weather gets warmer! As always, our devotionals are flexible – you pick the Bible story and application principle you believe your kids need the most.

So let’s get started!

Materials: Bible, various materials that could be used to make model boats – aluminum foil, paper, etc., large container of water, pennies

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What’s Building Got To Do With It? – Fun, Flexible Family Devotional

What's Building Got To Do With It? - Fun, Flexible Family Devotional - Parenting Like HannahIt’s time for another fun, flexible family devotional. Your kids need to have regular exposure to the Bible at home. Our devotionals are a great way to have fun with your kids, while teaching them a Bible story and some important godly principles. It’s flexible because you get to choose which Bible story and application principle your kids need the most.

So, let’s get started!

Supplies: Bible, building blocks (or materials that could be used to build a structure)

Procedure: Choose one of the following Bible stories and application principles to teach your kids with this activity.

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What’s the One Question Every Christian Parent Should Ask?

What's the One Question Every Christian Parent Should Ask? - Parenting Like HannahIf you parent a toddler, your day is filled with questions. It’s one of the many ways young children explore the world around them and begin to understand it better. Millions of words have probably been written about the questions of children. We don’t often talk, though, about the questions parents should ask. I guess we view parenting as more of an ongoing lecture or a string of requests and commands.

There are a lot of questions you need to ask your kids. Most of them you probably ask daily like “Did you brush your teeth?” or “Have you finished your homework?”. There is one question I am beginning to realize many parents don’t ask nearly enough. For Christian parents it is an essential question, because it helps you get to the heart of the situation more easily. Christian parenting after all, is a focus on shaping the hearts of our children so they will seek and obey God.

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Let’s Sing! – Fun, Flexible Family Devotional

Let's Sing! - Fun, Flexible Family Devotional - Parenting Like HannahToday’s fun, flexible family devotional is about songs. Don’t worry! You don’t have to be musical to enjoy this devotional. This week even the activity is a bit flexible. You can use Christian music you own or can access through Spotify or the radio.

Those of you who are a little musical can even try composing a worship song with your kids (we will give you some hints to make it easier!). As always, you pick the Bible story and application principle that you feel best meets the needs of your kids.

Supplies: Bible, Christian music (If you don’t own any, try free Spotify or Christian radio.)

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Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NIV)