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Building a Legacy of Faith ~ God’s Word Top Priority!

17 Oct

Volume 1, Issue 4 (October 17, 2013)

God’s Word Top Priority!

“I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you”          (Psalm 119:11).

Psalm 119, the longest psalm and the longest chapter in the Bible, beautifully exclaims the top priority of God’s Word.

Personal Reflection:  I am thankful that God directed me as a young Christian and young mom, to read His Word daily. It didn’t start out this way though; initially I was a “hit or miss” Bible reader. It wasn’t until I experienced an extremely difficult time in my life, that I realized my deepest need, to hear from God every single day. Thankfully, from that day forward, reading God’s Word has been my first priority of each new day.

I recently gave my nine-year-old granddaughter a New Living Translation (NLT) Hands-on Bible (New Testament), and challenged her to read it every day. The children’s Bible features many ideas for helping children grow in their faith daily, including hands-on activities, family devotions, and a reading plan. I also gave her a journal, to record personal thoughts and answers to the questions after each Scripture reading. Since my granddaughter loves a good challenge, I wrote out several reading goals that offer some fun rewards when achieved. Example: After completing fourteen suggested Scripture passages she gives herself a star. After completing the first fourteen, she gets to choose a fun reward: $5, pizza with friends, or a new CD.  And after completing seventy readings: $20, bowling or other activity with a friend, slumber party at our home! Of course the greatest reward is growing closer to God each day.

Parent Challenge:  Set the example by reading the Bible daily. If you don’t already do so, I urge you to make this a high priority—for yourself and your family. Find a time that best fits your schedule.

Faith-Forward:  Purchase an age-appropriate Bible for your child, along with a journal or notebook. Provide a specific reading plan for your child, and if you like, include a faith-forward challenge similar to the one described above. Be creative and personalize it to your own child’s personality and interests.

Suggested Resources: 

NLT Hands-On-Bible: for children ages 6 – 12

NIrV The Adventure Bible: NIV revised for children ages 6 – 10

Jesus Storybook Bible: for children ages 4 – 8

My First Message: A devotional Bible for younger children

These along with many others may be purchased through http://www.Christianbooks.com

Because the Bible is God’s authoritative, reliable, and powerful Word, we should make it a top priority in our lives.  For more about Psalm 119, check out this article, Psalm 119: The Priority of God’s Word, written by: Steven J. Cole.  Go to: https://bible.org/seriespage/psalm-119-priority-god’s-word

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