Summer Plans: Plant God's Word in Their Hearts
If you want a simple way to grow your children, plant God's word in their hearts. God's word doesn't ever fail, and that is a comfort to this parent who often does. I figured that if I needed a simple way to do this, you did too.
Every summer our family meditates on a verse a week together. It's a manageable way to implant God's word in our hearts, and it's something that the five of us can share. I'll be sharing the verses that we've picked complete with fun activities, conversation starters, and coloring sheets. This can easily be tailored to all age groups.
This year my kids and I made some original coloring sheets. They were really excited about it, but I might have been the most excited when we sat down to draw!
Each week we start out with the verse & questions for my kids to answer. Then, they have fun illustrating the verse some way, painting it, using one of the color sheets I have linked, making it out of Legos, and we always write it on our big chalkboard so that it’s in front of us all week. If you don’t have a chalkboard, display the kids verses on the refrigerator. My older kids like to write theirs on the bathroom mirrors with dry erase markers so they can read and work on memorizing the verses while they brush their teeth.
We also read the verse in a couple of translations during the week. It broadens our understanding. There are tons of ways you can tweak these ideas. I recommend putting your children in charge of getting their dad involved. It works out really well and is usually hilarious.
Some ages will need more help than others, like I said, make this your own. Figure out how it works for your family. You can write the verse in their journal on Monday, pray it on Tuesday, answer questions on Wednesday, illustrate it on Thursday, and play a memory game with it on Friday. That is just a suggestion, the only rule is not to hold this rigidly. I repeat: make it work for your family! If you memorize two verses in the next 9 weeks, that is two verses you didn’t have before.
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During the week, my kids will also:
• Find the verse themselves in their own Bible and highlight or underline it.
• Write the verse in their journal (this can be a really cool step for artistic children, let them illustrate the verse as well.) I have attached printable coloring sheets for the verses. If your kids don’t have a journal, use one of the thousand spiral notebooks left over from school and let them decorate the cover.
• Read the verses in context, sometimes even the whole chapter (Having the kids read to each other out loud promotes more discussion. This is even a great step to do over a couple of weeknight dinners.)
The biggest thing that impacts my older kids is their journaling of this verse. They write the verse in their journal and then they use it to write a prayer. Writing it out themselves is a step I wouldn’t skip because it really helps them own it. Praying it gives the verse a whole new dimension for them because it lets the verse walk right into their lives. That scripture embedded in their hearts and implanted will produce the fruit that I could never make happen.
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