Sunday, April 5, 2009

Verse of the week - Deuteronomy 6:6-9

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Our home already has that backdrop and foundation in the Bible from church, AWANA, daily Bible times, and special mentoring moments. It is important that it is a comfortable part of the rest of our life as well. I have often said that the 'when you rise up' and 'when you lie down' are the easy parts. It's the 'walk along the way' and 'sit in the house' that I have to continue to work on.


Deuteronomy 6:6-9 gives us some ideas for implementation along with the command, "And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates."

Some ways we have worked to live this out in our home:

- Post Scripture verses around the house. Keep the Word visible.

- Memorize verses together

- Know what they are learning -- in their own reading, at church, etc. Keep talking about it and helping them see how it fits into experiences throughout the week.

- Bring the pwoerful words of Scripture into your conversations. Instead of just saying, "Be nice!" Use your words to encourage kindness. Nice is just fluffy. Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit. Scripture carries far more power than our thoughts and contributions to a situation. If we can continue to help our children build their lives on His Word they will learn to draw from it on their own.


I have been so struck with the strong Christian families of Corrie Ten Boom and Amy Carmichael. God's orchestrating of their life experiences comes through so clearly. What a powerful vision to carry as a mom!


And these words, which I command thee this day,
shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt
teach them diligently unto thy children,
and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house,
and when thou walkest by the way,
and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand,
and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house,
and on thy gates.


~Deuteronomy 6:6-9~

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