It Starts with You

Your Love

As you prepare for Bible time with your children, remember that it starts with you and your love for God and His Word. You cannot share your love for God and His Word with your children if you do not love God and His Word.

Your Growth

It cannot be emphasized enough how important it is for you to take time to grow in your personal relationship with God. One of the best ways to do this is to personally spend time alone with God in His Word and prayer every day.

Also, faithfully study and memorize God’s Word, obey it and share what you learn with others. Be sure to enjoy spiritual fellowship with others who love God and be purposeful in learning from them.

Your Prayers

Talk to God about your love for Him. Ask Him to continue to help you love Him more, to listen to His voice, obey Him and grow in Him.

Talk to God about your marriage. Ask for His help in being a united and joyful team as you invest spiritually in the lives of your children.

Talk to God about your children. Ask Him to work in their lives and to draw them to Himself. Ask for them to have learner’s hearts. Ask that they will love God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength.

And He said to him, “ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’
“This is the great and foremost commandment. Matthew 22:37,38 (NASB)

Talk to God about your desire to give Bible Time first place over academics in your children’s lives. Ask for His wisdom. Ask for His help. Ask for His strength. Ask for His ideas.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
James 1:5 (NASB)

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

Your Story

Bible Time is an intentional time of day. It is deliberate and consistent. It is planned for and it does take time. It comes first. Other things will have to wait. Some things may need to go.

Bible Time is part of your life. Who you are. What you do. It is a means of cultivating your children’s understanding of God and His Word. Of helping your children grow in their personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It calls for dependence on God, partnership with Him and much prayer. And yet it is simple and enjoyed one day at a time.

Like me when our children were small, you be may asking, “What will take first place in our children’s training and education? Will it be Bible Time or academics?”

Will you decide to give Bible Time first place over academics in your children’s lives?

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

Bible Time with Baby

Baby can enjoy Bible Time too.

 

Sing

When you are singing to the Lord, sing in your baby’s hearing. This could be while you are washing dishes, feeding or rocking your baby, or enjoying Bible Time with older children in your home.

 

The Bible

When you are reading the Bible or reviewing your Bible memory verses do so out loud in your baby’s hearing.

 

Pray

Talk to God out loud in your baby’s hearing. Praise God and give Him thanks.

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

What Do You Do In Bible Time

We have looked at what Bible Time is and the why, how much, when and where of Bible Time. Now let’s look at what to do in Bible Time.

Bible Time is really quite simple! Sing, spend time in the Bible and pray.

Sing

Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing. Psalm 100:2

God invites you and your children to come before Him with joyful songs.

You can sing hymns, Scripture songs and spiritual songs. 

Singing to the Lord helps to prepare your heart and your children’s hearts for what He has to teach you that day from His Word.

There may be days when you or your children will not feel like singing. Sing anyway! It will do your heart good.

The Bible

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 2 Timothy 3:16

God uses His Word to teach, rebuke, correct and train you and your children in righteousness.

You and your children can read, listen to, study and memorize God’s Word together.

Pray

‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’  Jeremiah 33:3

God tells you to call to Him. He has great and mighty things He wants to show you and your children.

You and your children can pray silently, out loud, on your own and with each other. You can pray for family, neighbors, missionaries and friends.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. Copyright by The Lockman Foundation

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

Where Do You Have Bible Time

Your home is the perfect place to have Bible Time.

Choose a place in your home where you and your children can sit down and also have the freedom to move around as your Bible Time activities dictate. When your children are infants and toddlers, a couch or comfortable chair is a great place for Bible Time. Once your children are ready to draw and write, a table and chairs become very useful.

Our kitchen table worked great for Bible Time. Melissa was the youngest in our family so she began enjoying Bible Time with us in her highchair. Sometimes we used our family room for Bible Time activities as well. 

If you play the piano or another instrument in your home, you may want to start Bible Time where your instrument is and then move to a couch or table.

Take a look around your home and find a place that will work best for you and your children. Look for a place free from things that will distract your children. Places that have toys or a place by a window where your children will see a lot of activity going on outside are best left for another time.

Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

Best Time of Day for Bible Time

Wondering what would be the best time of day for Bible Time for your family? Consider your answers to the following questions:

 At what time of day are my children most alert and ready to learn?

At what time of day will Bible Time be given first place over academics?

At what time of day will Bible Time communicate to my children that God and His Word take first place in our lives?

Our family found that the best time of day for Bible Time was in the morning after breakfast and before academics.

Be encouraged! As we have experienced, God will take care of your children’s need for academics as you honor Him and obey His Word.

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

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