Club 252

Ask Your Kids

My kids surprised me a month or so ago. For some reason, the topic of Satan came up in devotions one night & I asked what they thought Satan looked like. Now, I think we’ve had some good conversation & all through the years & like to think I am grounding our kids in Scripture well enough that this question would get them thinking, but I did not expect the answers they gave. They gave me stuff like “red”, “horns”, & “mean”, etc. I hadn’t given them that! Where did they get that idea? Our children’s Bibles don’t really give a picture of him, so where were they getting this stereotype? After thinking, I’m guessing Looney Tunes or some such nonsense. I asked the same question in Club on Wednesday night & got the exact same responses.

Anyway, this really disturbed me. Even as careful as we are to train up our children, watch what they put into their minds, give them plenty of Scripture, have them in church, etc. this simple & very important truth had not gotten to them yet. Troubling implication: If they are looking for Satan to be this mean, ugly, scary looking creature, they are not on the defense when he tempts them with all those beautiful & fun things called sin! Satan was at one time the most beautiful creature in Heaven next to God Himself & he still is attractive – sin is!! If he wasn’t, we wouldn’t be tempted by him. Our children need to be keenly aware of this fact if we hope for them to be successful warriors in the battle. They need to know what the enemy looks like so they can keep their spiritual eyes open for his tricks & attacks.

So, that got me on a hunt for a systematic, intentional catechism type book to go through with my young ‘uns. A quick google search netted me plenty of the traditional catechism questions but I was shocked to find not one of them gave the Scripture to back up their answers. I know the answers are right & all, but I don’t want my kids to just take a rote answer for granted if there’s not Scripture behind it & I want them to know beyond a shadow of a doubt it’s in the Bible. Who cares what tradition deems the right answer! I want the kids to have the answer from the Answer Book, not just regurgitate the “right answer”.

Solution: 801 Questions Kids Ask About God is a great book with tons of great questions for parents to go through with their children. It gives Scripture to back each up & the questions cover topics like prayer, the Bible, friends, money, Heaven & angels, etc. We’ve been using it for the last week with the thought we’d do one question a night, but one leads to another to another & we always end up having to cut off the discussion after like twenty minutes. Good stuff! And the kids are really thinking & listening. Check it out & consider adding it to your devotional time if you have children ages 4-15 I’d say. You might even be surprised at your kids older than that or yourself – do you know the answers?

To hear a recent broadcast on the topic from Family Life Today, click here.

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Sum-Sum-Summer Time

The Lord so knew what I needed when He set up seasons. I love the fresh start each new season brings in its own way. With both of us being teachers, it makes it even more a time for renewed & adjusted scheduling, reflecting on what worked/didn’t work & high hopes that the new plans will work better.

Take summer for instance. With Keith home, our world changes a bit. It takes a while to sort out who’s going to deal with what in the children’s discipline department. When it’s just me home, that’s obvious. When he’s home, I don’t want to just dump it all on him. So, it takes a week or so to sort that part out usually in ours as well as the kids’ minds.

But summer also frees us up to get those things done spiritually & educationally that have been simmering on the back burner, but just never got done – journaling consistently, some of those discipling tools that didn’t get used, etc. I am pretty stoked about this summer’s plans. I got to thinking, there are so many great materials out there to use in discipling kids, at times it can be overwhelming! I want the kids to know hymns for instance in their growing up years. We have five great books with stories of hymns & a CD to play. Have I used them? No. Summer is the perfect time to schedule those into the morning routine. Here’s my list…

Character Building materials
Hymn Exposure
Christian US History
Heroes of the Faith
Odyssey (listening with them & discussing)
That makes one per morning for the week. How convenient.

The one I’m particularly excited about this summer is the US history. I’ve had my eye on that curriculum for years just waiting for the right time to use it. This is the summer! They have a children’s read aloud version plus activity books for the children to color while you read.

And then there’s the things I’ve wanted to get into more of a consistent habit… journaling every day, daily chores, their personal devotional time (vs. me leading it), memory verse chunks (Psalm 23, Books of the Bible, the Lord’s Prayer). Summer is the perfect time to get these established again. Sure, there will be days when I chuck it all & spend the whole day at the poolside, but most days I can get these things made into some semblance of routine. (If you go into summer with no plans, you will go bonkers. Guaranteed.) Then come fall, we can start fresh again with a renewed hope in polishing up on these and a few more routines. But at least we’ll have the satisfaction of having used a few of these great resources & not totally wasting away the summer.

On top of all that, we’re free to plan all those great summer fun activities to do in the afternoons – swim lessons, library reading programs, history time down town, free movie Tuesdays at the local theatre (not doing this year, but have in the past), outdoor ed program, VBS, etc. Poke around in your area to see what places are offering this summer. Take advantage of a few of those along with an occasional bringing out of the Slip & Slide or jar for collecting lightning bugs and you’ll have yourself a summer full of great memories/R&R/time well spent. I can’t wait to get started!!

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