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),


Josh Via said...

Fred, awesome challenge, bro. Rainy is getting to that point now too. The bar is definitely raising! Can't wait to listen to your message!

Tasha Via said...

Hey, that's awesome Fred! I actually saw that comment from your friend so we tried memorizing a verse last week too and both Areyna AND Zeke can say it perfectly, with excitement I might add=)
Thanks for these posts, it has really motivated us in our family devotion times!

La Familia Garcia said...

how encouraging!