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 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.
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