We got back to California late Monday night and I feel like it took all week to get our feet back on the ground. Just getting back into the groove with laundry, groceries, and errands took awhile and then I had a couple projects on the list that I wanted to get crossed off. One of those, was the coffee pot. My old one had mold growing in it when I got home and I could not get it cleaned. So I purchased this dreamy one and I am loving the single cup brew feature, especially since I can only drink a cup or two per day while I’m pregnant.
Another project I wanted to tackle this week was prepping our new “Child Training Bible“. At our homeschool group’s last Mom’s Night Out, one of the moms talked about it and after visiting the site and reading a bit more, I was really intrigued. The concept is that not only do you train and disciple your children with the Word of God but you also instill in them the habit to turn to the Bible whenever they have a problem or question.
The package that the site supplies is four 6″ x 9″ cards, one is a key that you place inside the front flap of the Bible. The other three cards have behaviors listed and verses that apply to that particular behavior. On the back of each of these are questions to ask your child to help get to the heart of the matter and examples of how Jesus lived.
At first I was a little surprised that I had to “make” it myself. I guess in the ready-made society we live in, I was just expecting to be able to purchase it. But after I started putting ours together, I was really glad for the DIY process. There’s the obvious benefit of becoming familiar with the verses myself, but I also ended up modifying my version a bit. I did not include ALL the suggested verses in the kit. Some I felt were taken out of context or weren’t clear enough about the particular issue being addressed. However, doing it myself also gave me the opportunity to incorporate a few other “character” books that I had purchased before, but unfortunately sit forgotten on the shelf most of the time…
- For Instruction in Righteousness: A Topical Reference Guide for Biblical Child-Training
- Wise Words for Moms
- Child’s Book of Character Building: Growing Up in God’s World – At Home, at School, at Play
Each one has things I like and dislike about the book itself, but the great thing about this project is that I was using them for topical Bible references and you really can’t argue with God’s Word. So I spent the day with highlighter and Post-It tabs in hand and in the end feel like I have an amazing resource for training my children. I can easily go to this Bible, open the front cover and find the issue I’d like to discuss with my child. Then I can go to those matching tabs and readily find the verse, highlighted in the coordinating color so that we can hear what God says about the topic – not what rule mom and dad made up, not some legalistic hoop to jump through, not some training that only adjusts the outward behavior – but God’s holy words that speak to our hearts and will not return Him void (Is. 55:11). Can I get an “AMEN”?!
I love the idea and that it is literally hands on proof of the relevance of the Bible in our lives right now! I’ll keep you posted on how it works “in action”, but you should really check out Mindy’s site and take a few minutes to see if this might be a good resource for your family too.