On Your Mark...Get Set...Go!
“On your mark.” The first post on this blog, “A Tug of War”, is a call to be on your mark. To decide to make Bible Time the top priority in your child’s training and education.
“Get Set.” This post will help you to get set, to get ready to put this decision into practice. To do this, we will look at the WHAT, WHY and HOW of Bible Time.
“Go!” This post will also help you to go! To begin Bible Time with purpose and planning by putting together a Bible Time notebook. This notebook will be the place for you to store the free downloads from this blog that will help you to put Bible Time into practice in your home.
So, let’s “Get set!” Set for Bible Time by looking at the WHAT, WHY and HOW of Bible Time.
What is Bible Time? And, what are the three key elements of Bible Time?
Bible time is an intentional time of day that is spent with our children, with the purpose of passing on our love for God and His Word to our children.
Bible Time is an intentional time of day. It is deliberate, purposeful, planned for and does take time. Other things will have to wait. Some things may need to go.
Bible Time is time spent with our children. When we talk about Bible Time on this blog, we are talking about time that we spend with our children, not about time where we send our children somewhere else to be taught spiritual things. That can have a place too, but that is not what we are talking about here. We are talking about being intentionally engaged with our children as we invest in them spiritually.
Bible Time is a time when we pass on our love for God and His Word to our children. Our love.
This is not a time to pass on someone else’s love for God and His Word, but our own. And we need to be daily cultivating that love for God and His Word in our own lives in order to do this.
Bible Time is a time when we pass on our love for God and His Word to our children. Our children. This is personal time. Precious time. Time with those God has given to us.
And Bible Time has three key elements. These elements are: Singing, the Bible and Prayer.
We will look at these in more detail on upcoming posts.
We have talked about the What of Bible Time.
Why should we have Bible Time?
In Deuteronomy 11:18-19 God tells us to have His Word in our hearts and to daily share His Word with our children.
God says, “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Bible Time can help us to diligently obey God’s command to teach His Word to our children. It is a simple and practical way to help our children grow in their knowledge of God and His Word. Bible Time can also help our children to grow in their personal relationship with Christ.
We now know what Bible Time is. We have talked about why we should have Bible Time. Our next question is, HOW?
How do we have Bible Time?
How old should our children be for them to begin Bible Time?
How much time should we spend on Bible Time?
Let’s think about teaching our children math for a moment.
We know that it is important to teach our children math and we begin to teach our children to count when they are very young. We don’t wait for them to be old enough to begin formal math instruction before we introduce them to numbers.
And when formal math instruction begins, it probably takes place almost every school day. We know that they will most likely struggle with math if we send them to a math class only once a week. And, we do not hope that they will develop their math skills by just hearing someone talk about it. Often, math instruction is given 5 days a week and math practice is a must!
I wonder how many hours it would be if we calculated the time spent learning math from kindergarten to high school? Let’s see. Five days a week, a half hour to an hour for a math lesson a day, plus time spent on math assignments for 12 years. I am not going to take the time to calculate that here, but you get the point! A LOT of hours are spent on math. And that is a good thing! Math is important to know.
Now, let’s think about this in light of Bible Time.
We would agree that our children’s spiritual growth is far more important than their mathematical skills. And, if we truly believe this, this belief will manifest itself in the amount of time we spend investing in our children’s spiritual development each day.
We will make sure that we invest a significant portion of time each day in the spiritual development of our infants, our toddlers, our preschoolers and our older children as well. And Bible Time can help us to do this by focusing on the three key elements of Bible Time: Singing, the Bible and Prayer.
In the previous post, we covered how to be “on our mark” concerning Bible Time. Today we have discussed the What, Why and How of Bible Time to help us to “Get Set”.
Now, let’s “Go!”
Let’s go with purpose and with planning.
A Bible Time notebook will help us. It will help us to keep our purpose and focus sharp and will provide ideas and a plan of action.
To prepare your personal Bible Time notebook, obtain a three ring notebook with a clear plastic window on the front. You will also need a set of six notebook dividers.
Print the downloads.
1. Place the Cover Page in the front window of your notebook.
2. Label the six dividers as follows: Mom, Plan, Sing, Bible, Pray and Other.
3. Place the prepared dividers into your notebook.
4. Place the Bible Time definition page on top of all the dividers in your notebook.
5. Place the remainder of the downloads in the “Mom” section of your notebook.
In the next post we will talk about singing to the Lord with our children. This is one of the key elements of Bible Time. A singing activity will be shared that your family can do together this Christmas as well.
I pray that each of you will choose to spiritually invest in the lives of your children in such a way that when your children are adults, you will say, “I am so thankful. Bible Time was worth all the time, every effort, and each sacrifice. I would do it all over again.”
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.