Monday, November 4, 2013

Mommyhood Monday: Breathing the Word into Your Home

I love (and believe!) this verse: 

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." 
2 Timothy 3:16-17

And I love the idea of breathing Scripture into my home. Because, let's face it, Mom Friends - we have so much power over what comes into our homes! Our kids and our husbands notice what we bring in (even if they're not always so good at expressing their recognition) and I believe one of the most precious gifts we can give our families is the gift of Scripture. 

Bringing Scripture into your home is super easy - and no matter what your time commitment level, profession, budget or type of home - there's a resource (or two, or three, or ten...) out there on the www (World Wide Web) to help. 

Here are a few of my favorites, categorized to make them easier to browse :)

Home Decor 

Hanging verses on your walls throughout your home is a great way to incorporate Scripture into your daily routines. You can build a collection over time that you can rotate seasonally to help keep verses "fresh" - or - you can find a few key pieces featuring your "life verse" to have a more permanent place in your home. 

My favorite home decor sources: 
Mary & Martha - I love the art and table decor that incorporates Scripture in really pretty details. 
Branch and Vine Prints - Scripture prints in really fun, clean designs. 
Wise Decor - wall decals available in a wide range of Scriptures and design styles. 

Memory Verse Info & Family Challenges

Memorizing Scripture as a family helps build the family bond and will give kids in the home a chance to take breaths of the Word with them, wherever they might go. 

There are literally thousands of blog posts on how best to memorize Scripture with kids, but I've found the following plan to work best for our family: 

1. We pick a verse to memorize each week. 
2. We write it out on the Good Morning Girls prayer journal that we use to keep organized each week. 
3. We practice the verse as often as possible. My goal is once a day, which sometimes happens and sometimes doesn't. I never want memorizing to become a legalistic task for my kids, so I don't get too stressed if life prevents a daily review. I want them to come to truly love and appreciate God's words for what they are - precious, affirming, life-giving and full of grace. 
4. We share our verse of the week with our friends and family.

Our son is 4 and our daughter is 18 months, so we're focusing on working through this list of 30+ Easy Verses for Children at the moment.  

In the future, we plan to give these lists a try as well: 
- All of the "5 Verses for Kids" lists from Intoxicated on Life 
- ABC Bible Verses from Delighting in Today (free download!)

Music and Entertainment 

I love music and entertaining CDs/videos as teaching aids - and there are some wonderful Scripture-based options available on CD and on iTunes, all of which help kids (and parents!) learn the Word via catchy tunes and fun videos. 

Our favorites:  
- Psalty - you really can't beat the singing songbook! I love Psalty music because the writers incorporate complete verses into their music - so kids learn the NIV versions of Bible verses, while they're enjoying the music. 
- Seeds Family Worship - another great family of Scripture musical options.  
- Adventures in Odyssey - a family-friendly radio drama featuring Christian themes and Biblical messages. My 4-year-old loves hearing his favorite characters use Bible verses he's already memorized in the stories - and often picks up on new verses to memorize after hearing new (to him) episodes. 
- THEO - a wonderful video series packed with Bible verses and heart-to-heart messages for kids. 

I hope many/all of these inspire you to bring more of the Word into your homes and lives!

What do you think? Did I leave anything out? Can you help me add to this list? 

1 comment:

  1. ha aha,,,,your kids are very blessed to have u as their mum.. My husband and I served before in the Sunday School, the children are just sincere in their hearts & pure. You know most girls will go to him for help and whilst boys will come to me, We did memory verse with the children with hand sign language. It was fun & enchanced when we taught them how to remember the verse with hand movement. Normally Stefan. will work out the biblical hand movement then laminated all related hand signs and distributed to the rest of the Sunday school teachers. Let us know if need us to show some examples.