When our son Christian was five years old a school friend gave him a little booklet called The Four Spiritual Laws. I asked Christian if he’d like me to read it to him, and he said he would. We sat side by side on his bedroom floor, and I read it page by page as we looked at the illustrations. When I finished he said, “Would you read it again mom?”
After the second read through I asked him if he’d like to pray the prayer to accept Christ as his Savior. He said, “Not yet, I’ve got to think about this.”
A couple of days later he told me that he was ready to pray that prayer and ask Christ into his life. It was one of the most precious and holy moments of my life to lead my son into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
When my husband and I gave him his first Bible we let him into a little secret, “Christian, this is God’s treasure chest. It’s full of the most amazing promises in the world. If you ever have a question, dig deep and you’ll find the answer in your Bible.”
He struggled for a time with a stutter that I knew bothered him. One day when I was changing his sheets I noticed that he’d printed out this Scripture and taped it to his ceiling so that when he lay in bed he could read it over and over. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (HCSB)
I asked him why he’d chosen that Scripture, and he told me that he’d asked God to remove his stutter but God told him that His grace would be enough for him. It’s beautiful when you watch your child begin to apply the Word of God to their daily lives. That’s my prayer for you and for your family that in changing, uncertain times you’d be able to stand strong on God’s Word that never changes.
Here’s are some suggestions on how to make the Bible part of your child’s everyday life:
1-Make reading the Bible together something your children look forward to. Choose a fun place and let that be the place where you read together.
2-Let your children take part in the stories by acting them out.
3-Encourage your children to begin to memorize Scripture so that they have it tucked into their hearts.
As your children get dressed each day remind them that it’s just as important to put on the whole armor of God. When your children have trusted in Christ, their greatest weapon in this world is the Word of God so dive in deep!
“Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.” Ephesians 6:17 (HCSB)
About Sheila Walsh
Sheila Walsh is a powerful Bible teacher and best-selling author from Scotland with over 5 million books sold. Her international ministry has reached more than 5.5 million women by combining honesty, vulnerability, and humor with the transforming power of God’s Word. Calling Texas home, Sheila lives in Frisco with her husband, Barry, her son, Christian, and three little dogs. You can reach her at braveheartsisterhood.com.