Devotions are excellent, but they should never replace God’s Word.
So how can we encourage our kids to not only turn to God, but turn the pages of the Bible each Day? I have a simple plan:
1. Start Somewhere
2. Read Something
3. Tell Someone Too often, we get bogged down in the logistics of the plan instead of executing a plan. After all, chances are we’re not going to come up with the perfect plan in the first place. But as we move forward we find ways to adjust and accommodate to make it work for our family and our schedule. In other words, GET STARTED! You might be thinking, “It’s not January first.” I say, “Just start“. You might say, “I don’t know where to start.” I say, “Read something, somewhere, anywhere in the Bible. Just Read.” You might say, “It doesn’t make sense.” I say, “Tell someone, anyone, what you’re doing so they can help keep you accountable and help you process what it is you’re reading every day.” The beautiful thing when it comes to our kids is that we, their parents, can be that accountability.
We have the privilege of diving into God’s Word with them each day and helping them understand what they’re reading and how it can apply to their lives.
There is one resource to help in this effort that I’m quite excited about: the ICB Jesus Calling Bible for Children. If your family is like mine, you’ve already been reading and enjoying the Jesus Calling series for years. The common language derived from biblical truth applied to everyday experiences prods us to dig deeper into the Bible. And now Sarah Young has truly brought together her insights with God’s Word:
The ICB Jesus Calling Bible for Children is the first full-text ICB Bible for children with 160 full-page devotions from the Jesus Calling children’s devotional. The two-color Bible text and devotional content are complemented by an additional 96 vibrantly colored Bible story inserts that tell key stories from the Bible, along with a takeaway application. Also included are 365 highlighted key memory verses for young readers, prayers, and kid-friendly applications. The ICB Jesus Calling Bible for Children will help your children grow in knowledge and in relationship with the Lord. Remember my concern with devotions and how they can easily replace reading the Bible? With this new Bible, your child now has both in one convenient resource. And after all, convenience is one of the first indicators of whether or not a habit will stick. So as we’re striving to help our kids start a Bible reading routine this year, let’s make sure to set them up for success with a purpose, a plan and, of course, an appropriate version of God’s Word that will speak to them on a daily basis.
How is your family committed to reading the Bible this year? What resources are you using to help you stick to a plan?