What you don’t think construction paper crafts and Bible verses are going to impress your kids?
Well, that’s not exactly what I meant when I chose the name of this blog. Maybe I was being a little tongue-in-cheek.
I really got it from Deuteronomy 6:4-9…
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. (NIV)
God’s Word and His laws are to be impressed upon our children. Have you ever done playdough before? My favorite thing to do is use cookie cutters to cut shapes out. You roll the dough, flatten it out and then press that cutter right into it. My daughter has cookie cutters in the shape of animals, food and people. My favorites are the food shapes. When I press that banana cutter into her playdough, a perfect banana shape comes out. And don’t worry, we’ll pretend to eat it just like it was a real banana.
This is all we’re doing for our kids. They are impressionable and malleable. I’m going to use whatever methods I can to impress God’s Words–His laws and His love into her heart and life. And right now, the best way I know to do this is through scripture.
God’s Word is living and active. It is a seed that will grow and produce fruit in her life. I don’t want to wait until she’s old enough to read the Bible herself. I have a hard enough time doing that! I want God’s Word to just BE a part of our lives. And that’s the purpose of this blog. To share how I am trying to impress my kids with God’s Word.
I pray that just like the rain comes down and always waters the earth, God’s Word will fall into my children’s lives and it will produce results! (Isaiah 55:10-11)
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