You shall teach them 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.
As a homeschool mom of three little ones, this verse is both encouraging and challenging to me. I know that I am my children’s first teacher, and it is my responsibility to teach then well. My children are eight years of age and younger, and do not have the attention span to participate in long discussions of the Bible. I need resources that allow me to teach nuggets of scriptural truth in short spans of time. This is one of the reasons that I loved the book 52 Commands of Jesus for Children. This devotional gave me an opportunity to engage my children in coloring a beautiful picture that illustrated a truth that Jesus taught in one of the gospels. As the children colored they listened as I read Bible stories from the devotional that illustrated the truth we were discussing. Each lesson ends with a question that can lead to further discussion. This book is a great resource to live out the words of Deuteronomy 11:13.
I also liked that you can download and print out additional copies of each coloring page from Susan’s blog Hope Heart Home. This is really helpful to me as a mom of three children. My oldest daughter colored in the book, and I downloaded and printed out a coloring page for each of my two younger children. I would highly recommend this resource to parents, grandparents, Sunday School teachers, and anyone who has children in their lives that they would like to encourage with God’s word.
Susan is giving away one copy of 52 Commands of Jesus for Children to one of you who comments on this post. What are some of your favorite ways to teach the children in your life about the Bible?