Hi everyone! I hope that you are all doing well. We are living in some strange times right now. I hope that you and your family are all safe and healthy. May you find peace and protection during this time of concern.
This Weeks Topic
Today we look at talking. With many families spending a lot of time at home lately, this is really a perfect time to talk about talking. This weeks topic is about talking with your kids and relating the Bible reading to your highs and lows. The Bible has been around for thousand of years, but yet has remained timeless in being able to relate to our everyday lives. When we are sad, it can give hope. When we are angry, it can bring peace. And when we are thankful, it gives us songs of praise. Life can be very confusing and difficult, and we need help to navigate it. The problem gets to be when we look in the wrong places for the wrong answers, leading to even more hurt and pain.
"Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.” ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ~
Questions to ponder and make you scratch your head
Video Links...grab the popcorn
- When people need answers to life, where do they turn for answers?
- What happens when God’s Word is applied to the highs and lows of each day?
- What does it do to a child that goes to God for wisdom every night?
There are three videos in this link. At suggest at least watching the first one, and then the second one if you are ambitious. Of course you can watch all three, if you want. https://faithink.com/talk/rich
Deep Thoughts... or at least thoughts anyways.
Name for yourself three people that you find easy to talk to. What makes it easy to talk to them? What do they have in common?
Engaging people in deep and meaningful relationships can be difficult. In a lot of ways it is something that needs to be taught. Not only are you supporting your kids in their lives, but also giving them skills that they can carry through their whole life, their future job and family.
The other things is that talking with your kids shows them that you are interested in their life. And then makes them feel valued. This can build self-confidence and courage. I'd encourage you to really dedicate time having good conversation with your kids.
Alright, tips for talking. This lesson is really about talking about scripture, but honestly, I just want you to talk to your kids. Put the phone away. Set down the newspaper or book. Turn off the TV. A lot of times it doesn't even have to be for very long, but is important to block out distractions and show them that they are more important than all these other distractions in life, even if only for a short time. In addition it can help to choose a location in your home that would help you all settle in to talk.
Homework is even good for adults
So we keep adding to your homework. This time go through those first 3 steps. Below there is a verse for you to read every night of the week, surrounding the topic of talking about scripture. But of course, you can read whatever you'd like with your kids.
Another piece of homework that might be fun some evening is to put today's scripture reading somewhere in your house. Deutoronomy 6 goes on to say that we should "Bind these words as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." When I teach confirmation, I always let the kids take mailing labels with this Bible verse on it, and stick them all over the church.
Sunday - Deuteronomy 6:6-7 Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.
Monday - Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful
Tuesday - Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God
Wednesday - Psalm 63:5-7
My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips
when I think of you on my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
Thursday - Psalm 119:14-18
I delight in the way of your decrees
as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts,
and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.
Deal bountifully with your servant,
so that I may live and observe your word.
Open my eyes, so that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.
Friday - Proverbs 12:15 Fools think their own way is right,
but the wise listen to advice.
Saturday - Your favorite verse of the week.