How To Use These Parent/Child Devotions…

“Sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble, Tres bien ensemble.”

Growing up, my favorite band was the Beatles. I knew every detail of their songs, including the lyrics. Even though I could sing the words, I often didn’t understand what I was singing. For example, in their song “Michelle” Paul sings part of the lyrics in French. To this day I can recite it back perfectly.

And I still don’t know what the words mean.

And it wasn’t just the Beatles. There are lots of songs from my youth I can sing but don’t know what they’re talking about. Songs like “Stairway to Heaven,” “A Horse With No Name,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and others. Memorizing lyrics doesn’t equal understanding.

Kids learning Scripture through songs is a great idea. Kids are amazing at memorizing. This is why my wife Lisa and I have created fun Bible songs for young ears. It helps kids get truth in their hearts that the Holy Spirit can use throughout their lives. I write them, and Lisa sings them.

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” –Psalm 119:11 NIV

Once we did a kids concert at a church where they were familiar with our WORDology Scripture songs. When we sang “Romans Road,” every kid there knew the words and sang with us. Their voices were louder than ours! We felt like Bon Jovi playing a concert in New Jersey as their voices filled the room.

However, knowing the words and understanding the words are two different things. That’s where this devotion comes in. Our songs help kids remember God’s Word, and this devotion helps them understand. What does it mean to be a “new creation” or that Jesus is the “resurrection?”  What does “Hallelujah” mean? What’s a “testimony?”

These devotions will help your kids understand all of these things.

Our Songs

This devotional is designed to work with our Scripture songs. Your kids can learn the verses by listening during car rides, room time, etc. Though we think your kids can enjoy using this devotion without our songs, it’s better when paired with our music. Our songs and these stories work together to help your kids remember and understand key principals of the Gospel.

Your stories

Before reading these daily devotions with your kids, it’s important that you take a few moments to think through the lesson. Some of these devotions ask you to recall examples from your own life. Personal stories are important for several reasons. First off, your kids are interested in you. They want to know about your life, and what you experienced when you were their age. Also, stories encourage conversation. As you tell your stories, they may want to share their own experiences, making these devotions a bonding time. Third, stories are memorable, and give insight to biblical principles. Stories help our kids understand and retain these lessons. That’s why Jesus often taught using stories.

As you share your memories, be ready to listen if your kids want to tell you theirs.

Art Supplies

Most kids love to draw and paint, and so many of these devotions include “art assignments.” Have supplies on hand. Creating art will also help your kids remember the lessons. I encourage you to hang their creations on the wall or refrigerator, so you can recall the lessons with them as you appreciate their art. This will also teach your kids the power of expressing biblical principles through art.

Object Lessons

A few of these devotions have fun object lessons to magnify the principal. You’ll need a few common items found around the house. Have these ready to go before you begin the lesson.

Discern

Read through the lesson before sharing with your kids. You know your child, and you know best if they are old enough to handle some of the more mature themes. In this devotion, we focus on the Gospel, which means we talk about difficult subjects like sin and death, and why we need the hope of Jesus. Some younger or sensitive children may find these subjects upsetting, so please use discernment to judge if they are ready or not.

Improvise

Sometimes the most fruitful discussions are unplanned. You never know what will be on your child’s heart or what these devotions will bring out. It’s sometimes best to go “off script” and trust the Lord’s leading in your time together. Feel free to add discussion questions or your own art assignment ideas!

Pray

Using these devotions, you’ll have spiritual conversations with your kids. Understanding depends on the Lord, so we need to ask for his help.

“Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.”

Luke 24:45 NIV

Before beginning your devotion time with your kids, pray. Only God’s Spirit can open our hearts and mind and give us understanding.

Read With Your Kids

Usually the best time is in the morning, before the day gets busy. As you read together, your child may think of stories from their own life to share, so be ready to pause and listen. It’s important to not rush the time.

You’ll notice that this devotion has a strong Gospel emphasis. That’s because the Gospel is our foundation, and our kids need to understand why Jesus came to earth and went to the cross. They also need to realize why they need a Savior. As you progress, I encourage you to give your kids opportunities to place their faith in Christ as their Savior if they haven’t already done so. Be careful not to make them feel pressure to do so. Wait until they are ready.

Thank you for giving us this opportunity to serve you with our WORDology devotions and Scripture songs. We pray God will use it as you disciple your kids. The time you spend teaching your children the Lord’s word is some of the most important time of your day.

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”

Proverbs 22:6 NIV

Blessings,

Spencer Bernard

 

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