conversations in the home
Word as a catalyst for starting spiritual conversations
in the home is easier than you think. God commands
us to impress His commandments upon the hearts of our
children by talking about them as we sit at home and
when we walk along the road, when we lie down and when
we get up (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
for a suggested verse for each month of 2011. Our
pastors will provide a verse each month to supplement
the sermon series. Make God's word more real for
your kids by discussing at your home the truths we will
be proclaiming on Sunday mornings! Our verse for
summer 2011 is:
2 Peter 3:18
Grow in the
grace and knowledge of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the
glory both now and forever!
Start at a
time when the family is sitting down together (even if
it is only once a week!). Other great times are
car time (when we "walk" along the road!) and bed time.
Use these times to start conversations about God.
Here is an
easy four week plan:
Focus on your
focus! Choose a verse for the month and discuss it
with your kids. Identify the action words and draw
pictures of them. Use a white or chalkboard to make this
more interactive for the kids. Don't explain it.
Let the kids make the connections so the action words
stick in their heads and hearts.
example, using February's verse above ask what are the
action words in this verse? How can you draw a
picture of pray or give? Let kids make the
drawings on the chalkboard. Post the whiteboard in
your home to spark further conversation. Let it be
the doorpost upon which your family posts God's word.
"Write them [the commandments of God] on the doorframes
of your houses and upon your gates." Just as
families in Old Testament times, posted God's commands
on their door frames, we can use the whiteboard to post
God's word in our homes and spark conversation.
Why is this
important? Discuss why this verse is important to
God and to your family. Make up hand motions for
the action words.
What does this
verse look like in the real world? Share stories
of how you are being successful (or failing!) at
applying the verse to your life. Be real!
What will our
family do? Talk about your family's commitment to
the concepts of the verse. In the above example,
it might be that the members of your family will strive
to be thankful, even in difficult situations.
Then, help one another be thankful . . . at all times!
For information on how to create a white or chalkboard
to serve as your family's doorpost contact