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One Momís Journey (with Four Little Ones!) through the Bible

Carrie Ward

Carrie Ward | 12.28.12

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Have you ever felt like the discipline of Bible reading was beyond your grasp? Have you started and stopped more times than you can count? Do you feel like you’ve failed as a follower of Christ because of your Bible-reading record?

I know how you feel!

That’s part of the message of my book, Together: Growing Appetites for God. For years I tried—and failed—to read the Bible. Then God prompted me to cry out to Him, and in the process, gave me a hunger to know Him through His Word.

That doesn’t mean it was suddenly easy. I still had all the baggage that prevented me from reading the Bible in the past:

  • I wasn’t a morning person.
  • I wasn't a fast reader.
  • I tended toward the undisciplined side of life.
  • And . . . I was busy!

At that point I was mothering three small children. How could I possibly have time to become a student of the Word?

Then God gave me an idea: Read the Bible with your kids.

Now, almost eleven years later, we’ve just completed our third reading of Scripture.

What has made the difference?

  • This time my urge to read the Bible was motivated by a desire to get to know God rather than by guilt.
  • Also, this time I had company.

God has used (and continues to use) my children to teach me about Him in ways I would never have imagined. Their enthusiasm makes me excited about Scripture. The questions they ask challenge my thinking. The belief they express grows my faith. God is working on my heart through the lives of my kids.

I’ve learned many things from this experience:

  • God loves me. He does not give up on His children.
  • God speaks through His Word (to adults and children). His Word is living and active.
  • My kids, at a very young age, can understand far more of the Bible than I would have thought.
  • And it’s important to teach our children all of God’s Word.

My kids need to encounter Jesus firsthand. They need to hear the great redemptive story of Scripture. As a mom, I have a unique opportunity to make this happen . . . and so do you.

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, you and I can be tools God uses to get His Word into our kids, just like Eunice and Lois did for Timothy:

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.” (2 Tim. 1:5)

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (2 Tim. 3:14–15)

I’m encouraged as a mom to read that Timothy was evidently following God and leading His people as a young man:

“Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” (1 Tim. 4:11–12)

Imagine, with me, a generation of children acquainted with Scripture since childhood (Deut. 6:7; Ps. 78:4). Envision our kids learning what it means to rightly fear the Lord (Deut. 31:12-13; Prov. 1:7). Imagine them encountering the Word that is able to bring them to faith (John 1:1-5; 2 Tim. 3:15; Rom. 10:17).

Join me, please, in reaching the next generation with the living and active Word of God (Heb. 4:12).

Comments

  1. When my three children were young elementary age, we were fortunate to live in a house where the doors to their bedrooms were all close together. I would wake each one up and then sit outside in the hall where they could hear me and read the Bible. They were allowed to lay in bed and just listen. It was a nice way to wake up in the morning. Then it was time to get up and get dressed for school. During dressing time I read various children's classics to them. It is a memory I treasure and my now older teenage children still remember this. Blessings ~Nancy
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    posted by Nancy Jacobs
    on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 7:51 am
  2. I really appreciate, and love, this idea! Can you please tell me if you had a certain plan you followed for reading the bible with them? Thanks!
    posted by Stephanie
    on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 10:01 am
  3. Thank You for sharing your story. I have two kids, daughter is 10 and son who is 4. On Resurrection Sunday which was 4 years ago, the Lord lay reading the bible with kids. He lay it on my heart so heavy. It was like he was saying you are a stay at home Mom and this is your oppourtunity to dig in and read and teach your kids about me. It's the best GIFT you could give to the kids. Im so thankful & very grateful for the Lord. Ever since that I been very obedient to do read the word with them daily. We are learning so much from his word and our kids.
    posted by lulu
    on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 7:34 pm
  4. Dear Carrie,

    I nearly purchased your book at TW 12 but hesitated because I had a long speck of travel to return home. I told myself; 'you'll just get it on your ereader later'. I'm not surprized that I forgot, after all, how could I guess that it would change the course of my weekly routine?

    Only a few days after returning, a friend wrote and asked, had I heard of this book, or had I read it? I was surprized that this wee volume was coming up again to my notice, so soon. This wasn't just any old friend, but a woman whom I reguard as having a close council with Christ (she radiates adoration for Him). I felt I had better look into getting a copy into my hands, and felt like kicking myself for not just getting it sooner!

    I have been having difficulty for about two years with the near loss of the ability to concentrate (another reason why I passed on the purchase) but God surprized and blessed me with the thirsty zest with which I read through your book. I could hardly put it down!

    Upon completing the read, I asked The Lord to help me to fearlessly begin reading the actual Bible to my 5 and 11 year old children. It is my, now, favorite part of our weekday bible study (part of our home school curriculum). I'd love to tell you that my children began to act out what we were reading but instead I'll tell you that it changed how I pray for them, that it seemed to begin a personal thirst for prayer in my five year old and it's gifted the three of us with a clearer picture of His Story, a broader stroke. When we read from His word I feel (nearly alwayas) like the three of us are practically leaning in to make sure we don't miss the very best part of bible study. :)

    I'm less intimidated/fearful of reading those Old Testament pages and just plain relieved to truly hear from God.

    I told whomever would listen that this book would be good for anyone, with or without children to read. Who knows if anyone bothered to listen to me. But for anyone reading this blog, I'll just repeat: Please do yourself a favor, if you're intimidated by the Word or figure you just couldn't trudge through it, why not read this light volume by Carrie Ward and see what our Lord wants you to see? He is right there, wanting you to know Him for yourself and the Holy Spirit will most certianly be there to guide you as you go. You don't need to read 5 chapters in one sitting but... well read of Him. Try that book, it might just change your life. ;)

    [Not a paid advertisement. ;cP ]

    I wanted to write this to you for some time but just wasn't sure how to get it to you.

    Thanks for reminding me of your book, God has used it as a stepping stone for having 'more of Him', right here in my own home.

    I thought you might like to know. May you be blessed, as you've surely been a blessing to many.

    [*Arlene, if you're reading this...you know where I got that phrase? ;)]

    Peace, love and blessings,
    posted by Jenny
    on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 2:19 am

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