“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
Our church has been going through Proverbs this month- one proverb a day for 31 days! I decided that I wanted to not just go through it as the adults in our home, but I wanted my kids to join along as well. So, each day, we have sat down and read our chapter, all together, and it has prompted some awesome conversation. I have five children- ages 11 and all the way down to three! So, it doesn’t always look pretty to sit around and read the bible. My littlest ones usually play or interrupt (haha!), while my older ones are able to pay attention (for the most part- they are kids after all). This is usually imperfect and messy- but I have found it’s worth it!
Proverbs speaks so much about wisdom! What I have been gleaning, is that it is so very important to be teaching our kids about the wisdom of the Lord!
Proverbs 4:18 says, “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” (NIV)
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (NIV)
We chatted throughout the days after reading these verses, about what it’s like to walk on a path that is lit and bright- the sun shining down, full visibility, you can dodge rocks and crevices in the ground that might make you trip. Conversely, we talked about walking in darkness- not knowing where solid ground was, what was lurking in the distance, tripping and falling. My kids all locked on to this illustration and saw a glimpse of Jesus and how He has paved the way to make our paths straight, and keep us in the light when we follow Him and resist the temptation to sin (or walk-in darkness)! From my five-year-old to my almost 12-year-old, they got it.
So many times, we assume that maybe bible reading is boring or not interesting to our kids. But when we are faithful to keep reading and keep trusting that these children of ours are smarter and wiser than we think, God moves! He gives us ways to describe things to our kids to make a difficult verse seem easy to describe. He loves when we teach our kids about Him- and He equips us!
I want to encourage you to not keep your bible reading time to yourself, but include your kids. Teach them how they, too, can follow Jesus and walk in His bright path that is full of sunshine in this dark world that we have to navigate. Never believe the lie that you aren’t “smart enough” or don’t “know enough” to open the bible and teach your children. God has already given you all you need- His wisdom! All we have to do is ask Him for it! Happy Bible reading, mama!
Krystle and the Help Club for Moms team