Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Spiritual Disciplines and Raising Children...

Recently, my good friend Jason told me that he and his wife, Shanna, teach their 4 year old daughter Bible memory verses. I thought"wow, that's incredible!" After the conversation, I considered someday teaching my children Bible verses. It seemed to me at the time that my son, Joshua (2), wasn't quite old enough to begin this task. That was until this week.
Lindsey taught Joshua Ephesians 6:1, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord; for this is right." Here's the crazy part - Joshua memorized this verse in two days. Even crazier - he loves to say this verse! For instance, as I tucked him in last night, he said, "let's say our Bible verse."
Thank you Lindsey for having faith that God's Word wouldn't return void, not even for a two year old. I still have much to learn about parenting and raising my children in the Lord. The bar has been raised a little more in the Broome house now that my son can memorize the Word. Isn't it great that God's word is multigenerational?
Could I encourage you to do as my wife did? Challenge your child to memorize a Bible verse. Learn it with them and make it fun. I knew of a great man of God in Boone, NC who led his family in reciting their weekly memory verse each night before dinner. Admittedly, that man knew more Scripture than anyone I'd ever met (as well as his family).
Incidentally, I had the opportunity to preach at Ingleside this past Sunday morning. It was a great opportunity, and I sensed the strength from the Lord. If you're bored or a glutten for punishment, you can listen to it in iTunes. Go to http://www.ingleside.org/ for more info.
Keeping you posted (it's been a while),

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Family Time...

We are new at this whole notion of leading family worship times. Our times so far have been great, and we've been blessed by our children as they are learning the Word of God. You'd be surprised what Joshua can learn. Of course, we think he's probably a genius (as all parents think of their own children).
Let me explain where we've been in the process. We have tried with each family time to bring a visual aid to teach a core truth. For instance, we have tried to explain that God created the light by turning on the light switch. As you might imagine, one can eventually run out of great visuals for teaching. After speaking with our preschool director, I decided to begin writing a book about the subject. My thoughts were to come up with as many visual aids to teach Scripture and then give them to others as a resource.
Fortunately, someone has already beat me to it. After speaking with Dr. Rob Rienow, he referred me to FamTime.com for family times. I must tell you that this is a great resource for families who are attempting to teach their children. If you've never checked it out, it's worth your time. I hope you can use my findings to bless your home.