Day 7: Books

Welcome to Being Thankful for the Little Things, our annual November Thanksgiving family devotional series. This year, we’re focusing on being thankful for the little stuff, the things we often take for granted. Each devotional is meant to be read as a family. At the end of each devotional, you’ll find a journaling prompt (you can download a free journal cover and pages here) and an action step you can take to help out someone else. Thanks for joining us and be sure to share it with your friends via Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

Reading is one of my favorite things to do. It’s how I relax and wind down after a long day. I love getting caught up in a good story and forgetting my own world for a minute. Books can take us places we might never go in real life. They can teach us about things we might never experience any other way.

Think about it. I’m probably never going to walk on the moon, but a book can tell me the story of the men who walked there. I’ll probably never sail around the world, but I can read about the men and women who have. I’m a terrible artist, but books can show me the masterpieces of those who are great artists.

Big or small, loaded with pictures or not, I’m so thankful that God gives us books to read. I’m thankful for the creative brains that He’s given to certain people who can write really great stories for me to read. But the book I’m most thankful for is the Bible.

The Bible is all the things I love about books rolled into one. It has great stories. Who doesn’t like stories about floods, battles, romances and giants? And the great thing about the Bible is that those stories are true. The Bible also teaches us new things. It’s chock full of information about how God wants us to live our lives. It’s a practical how-to manual for life. Having trouble holding onto your temper? The Bible has words about that. Do you worry about everything? The Bible has advice for that.

The Bible is an amazing book, and we’re lucky to be able to read it. In some countries, it’s illegal to own a Bible. Yet, in the United States, we can not only own the Bible, we can read it, we can give it away, and we can tell others about it. All without the fear of being thrown into prison or killed just for owning one.

So, today, I’m thankful for books of all kinds, but I’m especially grateful for the Bible and the freedom to read it.

Journal entry: Write down at least three things that you’re thankful you’ve learned from the Bible. Then write down three books that you’re thankful for.

Action step: Save up your money and buy a Bible. Then give that Bible to someone who doesn’t have one. You may know someone personally or you can donate the Bible to your church to give away or to a local homeless shelter. Share the gift of the Bible with someone else.

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Linking up today with Time-Warp Wife.

Jesus Loves Me

Last Monday, I got to go to the Hillsong concert. A friend of mine had an extra ticket and offered it to me. I loved the music and the atmosphere of worship. But of all the songs we sang, my favorite was “Jesus Loves Me.” As we were singing those simple words:

Yes, Jesus loves me.

Yes, Jesus loves me.

The Bible tells me so,

I was struck by their simplicity — and their truth.

The Bible is a big book. It’s made up of 66 books. It’s well over 1,000 pages long. It has been studied, dissected, parsed and interpreted more than any other book in history.

Yet, its message is simple. Jesus loves you. That’s it. The over-arching message of the Bible is those three simple words. Jesus loves you.

The Bible is a great teaching tool to use with your kids. It contains all sorts of instruction on how to live our lives. It covers instruction for everything from our speech to how to treat others to how to please God.

All those instructions, though, are wrapped around one big theme: Jesus loves you. 1 John 3:16 sums it up, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.”

Sometimes, we get so caught up in teaching our kids all the instructions found in the Bible that we miss teaching them the thing that makes all those instructions worth following. Jesus loves you.

When we teach our kids that one simple thing, it makes the Bible come alive in a different way. It becomes not just a book of rules, not just another religious book, not just something they carry to church on Sunday mornings. It becomes a love letter from God to them. It becomes a book of words worthy of soaking up.

So, when you’re using the Bible to instruct your kids, when you’re reading the Bible to them, when you’re helping them memorize verses, focus on the fact that Jesus loves them. Make sure your kids know that the instructions in the Bible are given out of love. Help them see that all of the Old Testament points toward the arrival of Jesus, who would make a great sacrifice out of love for them.

Don’t let the Bible become just a book for your kids. Don’t let them think of it as just a book of rules. Focus on the message that matters: Jesus loves you.

Linking up today with The Better Mom and Graceful.

The Sweet Sound of Scripture

Courtesy Arvind Balaraman

My house on Friday was filled with the sweet sound of children reciting the word of God. My ears tingled and my heart sighed. It was beautiful.

You see, Friday was the finale of our summer adventure. Every summer I gather my girls and four of their neighborhood friends around my kitchen table, and we learn about becoming the person God want us to be. This summer, we focused on courage as we traveled through time learning about historical figures that showed courage. Each week the girls learned a new verse, something new about courage and something about how solving conflict takes courage. And Friday was the wrap-up day.

The finale is always big and always a scavenger hunt of some kind. The big deal this year was a trip to our local amusement park, where the girls had to show courage by riding different rides, reciting their verses and answering questions about what they had learned. They collected points for each thing they accomplished, and the prize was cold, hard cash to spend on the midway games.

So, all day Friday, my girls were busy practicing their verses. They sat down with their notebooks and reviewed their stuff. They sat down with each other and quizzed one another. They walked around muttering scripture under their breath. They were busy hiding God’s word in their hearts — willingly and with joy.

It’s important for our kids to learn the word of God. When they know scripture by heart, they can use it. It becomes more than just words on a page. It becomes life-changing. I know that the verses my girls learned this summer will stick with them. When my older daughter goes off to middle school in a few weeks, she’s going to need some courage — and when she does, those verses she learned this summer will be written on her heart to remind her that God is the source of courage.

But learning scripture can become just another rote exercise our kids must complete. If we’re not careful, we can turn scripture memorization into a chore that our kids hate. We can make them loathe picking up the Bible. So, how do we help our kids memorize scripture without alienating them from the joy found in God’s word?

Make it fun. Scripture memory should be rewarding. It should bring joy simply from letting God’s word work in our lives. But kids sometimes need a little extra incentive, so come up with ways to make scripture memory fun.

  • Make a game out of it. Go around the dinner table and have everyone say a word of a verse.
  •  Offer incentives for scripture memory. Memorize so many verses and you get a prize.
  • Use music. Our brains are wired so that we tend to retain things better when they are set to music. Plus it doesn’t seem like work when you’re singing a song.

Make it useful. You  could make your kids memorize 12 verses from Leviticus. Those verses are in the Bible for a reason. But your six-year-old probably isn’t going to understand the symbolism in the sacrifices of the Old Testament.

  • Choose verses your kids can relate to. If they’re struggling with a particular topic or character quality, choose verses that address it. For a great list of verses to use with your kids check out this printable.
  • Start small. Don’t start your scripture memory with Acts 1:8 or Malachi 3:10. Choose short verses to give your kids a sense of accomplishment. Memorization can be daunting. Set your kids up to succeed.

Include yourself. Memorize the verses with your kids. When they see you memorizing scripture as well, they will be more inclined to follow your lead. It becomes a family project instead of something else mom and dad are making them do.

If we want our kids to follow Jesus, if we want our kids to grow to be more like Him, we need to teach them the importance of knowing scripture. Hebrews 4:12 says this about the word of God: “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” We want that for our kids. We want them to judge their actions against the double-edged sword of scripture. We want them to know that God’s word is alive and useful. And the only way to do that is to help them hide God’s word in their hearts.

May you hear the sounds of children reciting scripture in your home soon. The sound is sweet and the rewards are many.

Linking up today with The Better Mom and Graceful.

Friday Introduction: The Bible in Rhyme

 When I was growing up, we would read the story of Jesus’ birth from Luke 2 on Christmas Eve. We read it from the King James Version of the Bible. I think I was 8 or 9 years old before I understood that “sore afraid” meant the shepherds were very scared, not in pain.The Bible can be confusing and hard to understand sometimes, even for adults. Sometimes the language is difficult, and sometimes the way the sentences are structured makes reading it out loud difficult. The Bible is supposed to be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105), but if we can’t understand what it says, then we miss out on its illuminating wisdom.

For millennia, the Bible was a shared oral experience. Most people couldn’t read, so the priests and scribes would read it out loud. That tradition has been mostly lost, but reading the Bible together as a family is an important way for our kids to learn about
God. Unfortunately, the difficulty level of the Bible makes it hard for kids to wrap their minds around what’s being said.

That’s why I think today’s Friday Introduction is such a great tool for families. The Bible in Rhyme is just what it sounds like. It’s a paraphrase of the Bible, written entirely in rhyme. It’s easy to read and easy to understand. Written by Kyle Holt, The Bible in Rhyme is designed to be read out loud.

This is what Kyle has to say about  it:

“It’s a great tool for parents to share the Bible as a family.  Small children love to hear the rhythm and rhyme.  Older kids can join in the reading.  But this is the whole Bible.  The good, the bad, and the particularly nasty.  So it’s probably a good idea to either know the section you’re about to read, or read it before hand and make sure that you aren’t about to read the story of Lot and his daughters, or something in that vein.

One other point, and it goes back to my No. 1 goal in this.  If you’re a parent who thinks, ‘I don’t really know the Bible myself,’ then The Bible in Rhyme is perfect for you and your family.  Your children get the stories as well as the rhythm and rhyme, which is great.  And you get a chance to learn the stories yourself without it being super-abridged for little kids, and without it being the extremely HARD to understand full version.  This book is really intended for people who need an easier way into the real
Bible.  Get the message and beauty of the Bible in a fun way…then go experience the holy texts themselves with a much clearer understanding.”

It took Kyle a year and a half to write The Bible in Rhyme, and he originally thought the task was too large and too difficult. With a background in songwriting and poetry, Kyle chose one style of rhyme for the whole project — except the Psalms. And it’s not just for kids.

“I want this to be something that adults get into.  This is a paraphrase of the whole Bible – it’s not a children’s Bible.  It contains all the bad stuff too, murder, betrayal, incest and hate, and it doesn’t sugarcoat it just because it happens to rhyme.  I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they read a section of The Bible in Rhyme and thought, ‘The Bible doesn’t really say that.’  Then they go and look and realize that no matter how many times they read the Bible, they had not understood some passage or section.  I want
everyone to get to the heart of the message.”

When he’s not rhyming the Bible, Kyle is the president and co-founder of U Inc., a software company in Overland Park, Kan. He lives in Overland Park with his wife, Kim, and their three children. He is currently working on a new project to continue his goal of making the Bible more accessible to more people around the world. You can learn more about him on His website.

The Bible in Rhyme is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in both a paper e-book formats.

Kyle is giving away a copy of The Bible in Rhyme to one of the Everyday Truth blog readers today. All you have to do is head over to his Facebook page, like it, and leave a comment saying you heard about The Bible in Rhyme at Everyday Truth for a chance to win.

This is a fantastic tool for families to use to make the Bible more accessible for everyone. It’s not a Bible you want to study from, but it’s a great way to get both you and your kids interested in learning more. Check it out and avoid the “sore” shepherds in your Christmas reading this year.

I’m Thankful for the Bible

Each day until Thanksgiving, Everyday Truth is looking at a different reason to be thankful in a family devotional. Use these devotionals with your kids to help keep your family focused on giving thanks. If you missed the introductory post, check it out here for directions on creating a “Thanksgiving wall.” When you’re done with the devotional head on over to the Everyday Truth Facebook page and join in the discussion of why we’re thankful for God’s Word.

Do you like to read? I do. I’ll read just about anything I can get my hands on. I’ll even read the back of the cereal box if it’s the only thing around.

Books can teach us new things and take us to new places. When we read a book, we can travel around the world, go back in time or blast into space. We can fight pirates, meet a prince in shining armor or solve a mystery. But there’s one book that is better than all the rest.

This book tells a true story, and it’s written just for you. It tells the story of someone who loves you. It includes giants, wars, kings, lions and even some romance. It is the greatest story ever told.

You can find it all in the Bible. God told different men over thousands of years to write down the story of His love for us. It starts with the world He created for us to live in and ends with an assurance that Jesus will return. In between we see how God showed His love for us in the way He led the Israelites out of slavery, the way He provided for His people through the centuries and the birth and death of Jesus.

But the Bible isn’t just an accounting of events. It gives us directions for how to live our lives. It talks about how to be a good friend, how to deal with people who don’t like us, what to do when things are tough and even how to treat our parents. That’s a lot of stuff to pack into one book.

Psalm 119:105 says “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” That means if we read the Bible, God will show us what He wants us to do. But we have to spend time reading our Bibles for that to happen.

Spend some time today reading your Bible. Thank God that His word has survived through the centuries. Thank Him that His word is true and useful. Write on your Thanksgiving wall today one way that you are thankful the Bible can help you.

Memory Monday: Don’t Judge (Romans 14:13)

My kids are out of school today, so I’m taking the day off from blogging. I’m re-running my Halloween post from last year because I think at this time of the year, it’s important to keep our hearts from judging others.

There’s some strange-looking kids in the Fairchild house today. My youngest has been transformed into Alex Ovechkin (the hockey player) and my oldest is looking a bit like a Harry Potter character. Halloween is today, and we’ll be heading out to trick-or-treat.

It always seems when we hit this time of the year that divisions appear in the ranks of Christ followers. Some see nothing wrong with letting their kids trick or treat on Halloween while others want nothing to do with the holiday. Each side has good reasons for their decisions and can use scripture to back up those decisions.

The debate generally continues straight through Christmas with the discussions about whether including Santa Claus in your Christmas celebrations detracts from Jesus. Many times these divisions within the ranks of Christian parents can cause hurt feelings.

In our house, we trick or treat on Halloween, and Santa makes a visit to our home on Christmas Eve. But I have friends who do neither, and some who don’t trick or treat but think Santa is OK. So, who’s right and who’s wrong? In my opinion, no one.

The Bible is really clear about some things — murder is wrong, Christ is the only way to God, and Jesus died for our sins. However, it gives no clear direction on other things, like Santa and Halloween. In my opinion, you should do whatever you feel is best for your family, making sure you base your decisions on time spent in prayer and God’s word.
What we should not do, though, is judge others who may think differently. When Christ followers start judging each other on things on which there is no clear-cut answer, we break up the unity of the body of Christ.

Today’s verse speaks directly to that issue. “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way” (Romans 14:13). Our understanding of what causes a stumbling block to another person may differ, but if each of us is, to the best of our ability, trying to follow what God is telling us, then we have no right to judge one another.

This passage of scripture was addressing a difference of opinion over what foods to eat. Some people believed that Christians should only eat “clean” foods listed in the Law, while others believed that all food was permissible. The controversy was causing great division in the church. The problem was not the food, but the judgmental nature of the Christ-followers on each side of the issue.

While the points of division have changed, the problem remains among Christ-followers today. As we head toward the holiday season, starting with Halloween, keep this verse in your heart. Remember that while you may differ with another Christ-follower in how you approach the holidays, you are not to judge them. Instead, we are called to love each other.

Healthy debate of the issue is great and thought-provoking for all parties. Judgmental condemnation over an issue like this is hurtful and divisive. If you agree on the important stuff — Christ died to bridge the gap between our sinful selves and God, and He is the only way to God — then judging someone else on the small stuff serves no purpose.

So, whether you will have hockey players and literary characters wandering your home or you will be ignoring the day altogether, be loving and respectful of those Christ-followers who make a different choice than you.

Friday Introductions: Study Tools

I was watching “WipeOut” with my family the other night when a commercial came on for Old Navy “Flare” jeans. As I watched the commercial, I looked at my husband and said, “Didn’t we used to call those bell bottoms?”

It seems the same fashion trends come and go over the decades. We just give them new names. The same is true with so many other aspects of life as well. Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 1:9, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

We may think that we are facing a world that has lost sight of what’s important, a world where personal pleasure has taken first place and devotion to God has disappeared. Yet, when we read the Bible, we find from Moses to Paul, people frustrated with the godlessness of the world around them and crying out to God to fix it.

Paul’s letters are filled with admonishments about greed, hatred, sexual immorality, lying, corrupt government and false teachers. All things we’re still dealing with today.

The Bible’s relevance thousands of years after it was written shows the awesomeness of God. He wrote the Bible so it would be just as relevant today as it was when Moses and Paul were writing their portions.

And that means that no matter what you are dealing with, the Bible has something to say about it. The trick is to find what the Bible has to say. It used to be if you were looking for a verse dealing with a particular subject, the only way to find it was to pull out a concordance, which was often as big as the Bible itself. You could look up the subject you wanted verses on, and the concordance would give you a short piece of the verse that incuded the word. Then you needed to look up the verse to see if it really was a verse that dealt with the topic you were interested in.

The advent of the Internet has changed all of that. Sites abound that allow you to search the Bible with a keyword, then offer you a list of the full verses that contain that word. Whether you’re looking for a verse to use with your kids or one to apply to your own life, these sites are a great resource that can help you use God’s word in your life. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Bible Gateway (www.biblegateway.com): This site offers 25 searchable English translations of the Bible and searchable translations in languages from Arabic to Chinese. Along with the Bible, Bible Gateway has reading plans, devotionals, commentaries and audio Bibles.
  • Biblos (www.biblos.com): This site offers dozens of searchable Bible translations and allows you to view the same verse in several different versions at the same time. You’ll also find atlases, commentaries, lexicons, timelines and a multitude of other study tools.

No matter what site you use, remember that the Bible has something to say about just about everything in our lives. Let’s make use of the tools technology has given us to hide the word of God in our hearts.

Summer Fun: 39 Clues Finale

Another summer adventure is in the books. We finished up the summer with a scavenger hunt that required the girls to complete tasks tied to their own unique talents. The prize was a trip to play laser tag.

I wish I could tell you that the six girls that gather around my kitchen table each week learned so much that they always make good decisions about what comes out of their mouths, they truly appreciate one another’s differences and they always see themselves and others as masterpieces made in God’s image.

But I can’t.

The truth is that these six girls are like the rest of us.They still struggle to control their tongues, appreciate each others’ differences and put the needs of others before their own.

The goal for the summer was not to end the summer with perfect children. The goal for the summer was to have the girls gain some perspective on their differences and begin to think about how they treat each other. And, in that respect, it was a success.

I’ve seen each of these girls take a minute to think before they act. I’ve seen them encourage one another. I’ve seen them begin to appreciate each other. And that’s really what the purpose of our adventure was — to begin to truly understand the importance of viewing each other as God’s masterpieces.

Too often, I think, we expect big things when we’re teaching our kids little lessons. We get frustrated when they don’t immediately apply what we’re teaching them. But raising kids is a process. We don’t change our own behaviors overnight and neither will our kids. Yet every lesson we teach that is rooted in God’s word plants a seed in our children’s hearts. The time we invest is worth it even if we can’t see any tangible results.

Isaiah 55:10-11 says “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

When we take the time to use God’s word to teach our kids, it makes a difference in their hearts. God’s word is never wasted. It always achieves His purpose. While we may not see immediate results, God’s word is at work in the hearts of our kids. It may be years down the road or it may be tomorrow when we see the fruit that springs from that seed, but God’s word bears fruit.

As we head into the school year, don’t be discouraged if your kids fail to apply everything you’re teaching. Simply know that God is using His word in their hearts. The seeds you plant today will bear fruit in their lives. It’s a promise.

Memory Monday: Finding Refreshment (Isaiah 50:4)

If this weekend was any example of what the summer is going to be like, then I think it could be a long summer. My girls seemed to be constantly picking at each other and arguing over things. On Saturday, my oldest told me she didn’t have anything to do. All I could think was “Summer hasn’t even started yet, and they’re bickering and bored.”

It took me another 20 minutes to figure out that they weren’t actually bored or argumentative. They were exhausted. You know that moment, when you look at your child and you realize you’re trying to rationalize with a child who is incapable of rational thought at that moment? We had one of those this weekend.

The best response to a child who is irrational due to exhaustion is a nap — no matter the age. Refreshing their bodies always makes a huge difference in their attitudes. After our irrational moment this weekend, I pulled my kids inside, sent the irrational one to the shower and strongly suggested she lay down. An hour later, she came to the dinner table refreshed and ready to deal with the world. She was even able to laugh at how irrational she had been.

Too often, we’re no different than our kids. Exhaustion — both in body and soul — can make us irrational. Everything looks worse and more difficult when you’re physically, mentally or emotionally exhausted. We don’t make good decisions, and we often take out our frustrations on those nearest to us. I hate to admit that if I’m tired, you really don’t want to be around me. I’m grumpy and , yes, often irrational.

Sometimes, I just need a nap. But, you know what? I hate taking naps. I feel like they are a waste of time. There are so many other things I could be doing with that time. Never mind that I feel better after I take one.

When we’re weary of all that the world has thrown at us, God offers to give us rest and strength. Yet, too often, we try to deal with everything on our own. If we’d just stop and spend a few minutes with Him, God would fill us with the strength to sustain us through whatever comes our way. Isaiah 50:4 says “The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.”

God’s word offers us strength in times when we are weak. It offers refreshment in moments when we don’t think we can take another step. Yet, too often, we skip our time with God because there are other things that need to be done. We choose not to be refreshed by His word just like I often choose not to take a nap.

We need God’s sustaining power, and the only way to get it is to spend time reading His word. As you memorize this verse this week, emphasize with your kids that God’s word is like a nap. It refreshes us and gives us strength, especially in moments when we are tired and don’t think we can take another step. God’s word builds us up so we can face whatever comes our way.

Figure out how you’re going to fit reading God’s word into your day and help your kids find a time in their day to set aside to read God’s word. If your children are small, find a time in the day when you read God’s word together. Even the youngest children can be refreshed by hearing God’s word. Make it a priority to find refreshment and sustenance in God’s word every day.

Teaching the Truth of the Bible

One summer when my oldest was three, we had a Vacation Bible School curriculum that had a Japanese theme. The story for the day was about Mary and Martha, where Martha chooses to sit at Jesus’ feet instead of helping Martha with the chores. My oldest came home from church and told me they had learned about these women who lived in Japan who had met Jesus. Clearly, she was a bit confused.

This story came to mind again as I was talking to our church’s preschool director on Sunday. She was telling me about some preschool curriculum she had seen on a recent trip. The DVD-based curriculum included a fictional talking donkey telling the children that the Bible is true. Now, there’s nothing wrong with using stories to illustrate a point, but younger children have a hard time telling truth from fiction already. It simply confuses them to have something like a talking donkey, which most preschoolers know isn’t real, explaining an important truth to young children.

Too often, we treat the Bible like a storybook — no different from the other picture books that we read our young children. Then, we wonder why they don’t accept the Bible as true. From the time kids are very young, we need to treat the Bible as a book that is true. When we teach our children about the men and women in the Bible, we need to make it a point to remind them that these aren’t just stories. They are accountings of things that really happened. The people in the Bible were as real as other historical figures.

The Bible, itself, tells us that God’s words are true. Psalm 119:160 says “All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.” The Bible is not a story. It is a book filled with truth that applies to our lives today. It’s words offer wisdom, love, comfort and joy. We need to teach our children that they can rely on the truth of God’s word.

  • Choose your child’s Bible wisely. Picture Bibles are good choices for preschoolers. My favorites are the ones that use scripture within the text. Look for a picture Bible that offers some application to your children’s lives — either through questions or additional activities. For older children, choose a Bible in a translation that is easily digested at a child’s reading level. My favorite is the New International Reader’s Version. Choose a Bible that includes a daily devotional aimed at your child’s age level or one that includes some life application notes.
  • Don’t lump the Bible in with other books. Make sure your children know that the Bible is God’s word. While men wrote the book, God told them what to write. With young children, every time you read the Bible with them, remind them that the Bible is true. Encourage older children to seek answers in the Bible when they are trying to make a decision or they are worried or scared. This teaches them that the Bible is a reliable source of wisdom.
  • There are some places in the Bible, where the accounts seem fantastic — there’s a parting sea, the sun stopping in the sky, people being sick one minute and well the next. It may seem like just another piece of fiction to your children. When you read about one of these miracles, stop and talk with your children about how God can do anything and that everything in the Bible is true.

Much of faith is based on accepting that what God says in the Bible is true. If we start teaching our children that the Bible is true at an early age, they will recognize that the Bible is different from other books. When we hold it up as a true source of wisdom, we help our children understand that the Bible is God’s word and offers us wisdom.

But, if your kids never see you reaching to the Bible as a source of wisdom, all of your teaching will be for nought. We have to act out what we’re teaching. We must make sure that we are offering a children an example of trusting in the truth of the Bible as well as teach them that it is true. We must live as if the Bible is true — because it is.

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