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So your child is not interested in reading the Bible? You hear, “It’s boring Mommy!” or “Not again!” every time you go to pull out the (what used to be beloved) Bible. Before you start to panic that your child is going to grow up hating the things of God or wondering “What have I done wrong?” just take a deep breath.
You are not alone!
Throughout our spiritual journey children, teenagers, and yes, even adults come to a place where the tools that seemed have worked so well in the past are not cutting it anymore.
This is an excellent time to sit back and reevaluate WHAT we are doing and WHY we are doing it.
You see we tend to forget that it’s not the tools, our vast knowledge of the Bible, or our good behavior that awaken a heart to a longing for deeper intimacy with our heavenly father, it is the Holy Spirit.
Our goal is to spend time listening to the Holy Spirit
and modeling a life lived in
a deep love relationship with God.
The point of spending time with Jesus, through the reading of the word, or some other tool, is not to get it done, but to spend quality time with God.
Here are some ideas that you can offer when your child feels stuck. Don’t worry, this for a season, he won’t swear off the Bible forever!
- Stories of the Bible
- Visual Bible Stories
- Physical Activity
- Praying the Psalms
I have had several children and youth for a myriad of reasons who have had a difficult time reading the Bible each day but who have really connected to God through art.
You can suggest several exercises or encourage them to work through a book. This activity does not need to be fancy or expensive (but if you love craft stores as much as me, then go crazy!). Just grab whatever you have in the cupboard or drop by your local art store or Amazon for supplies.
Another option would be to use a Doodle, or Art prayer journal. They are a great alternative for busy seasons or when your child is more independent.
Here are two books I recommend-
This is an age-old standby that can be a wonderful option for times when your child loves to pour words on a page, AND for those times when words escape them and only pictures will do. They can use their journal to pour out their thoughts, and feelings and prayers to a God who never stops listening.
I have searched several stores (Including Target, and Amazon) but have found the best products at our local craft stores. Make sure to purchase an UNLINED Journal as this gives them the freedom to move from words to pictures to both.
Do you have a child who loves to write poetry? You could encourage them to put their thoughts, feelings, and prayer into verses.
Or they could choose to allow God to speak to them through curated poetry that captures their attention and draws their eyes toward Jesus.
One of my favorite poems by Emily Dickinson does that very thing, turns my eyes towards Jesus.
“Earth is crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees
Takes off his shoes-
The rest sit around it and pluck blackberries”
A fun (sometimes hilarious) time is had by all when your children act out their favorite Bible story! They can also create their own story of their experiences with Jesus.
I created a dress-up chest full of clothes, swords, tiaras, wigs, and sashes. The costumes added a lot of fun and imagination to their dramas.
Make your own or check out the after Halloween sales for discounted costumes, the Dollar Store, craft stores, thrift stores, school supply and Amazon for items to fill your own chest!
5. Bible Story Books
This idea is especially for little ones when the whole Bible might seem too overwhelming, how a simple story with beautiful illustrations can capture their imagination and heart.
6. Watch Bible Stories
The Bible came to life in a new way when I watched the animated Bible stories for the first time on VHS. There was something about seeing biblical characters in realistic settings that drives home the fact that these were real stories, written about real people.
I have really enjoyed the Animated Bible Classics by Nest Entertainment. This video states that it is for ages kindergarten-third grade, but I found it to be too intense my kindergarteners.
There are 36 volumes that you can buy individually on Amazon (or check out at the library). We have thoroughly enjoyed revisiting these classics on a semi-regular basis.
Invite your child to sing songs of worship to Jesus. They can also create their own songs expressing their feelings to God. This can be a very meaningful time as you hear what’s on their heart.
8. Physical Activity
Have you ever thought that God is with us when run and play? We don’t have to be acting out a Bible story to spend time with Jesus.
Pray or have your child pray and invite God into their play and ask him to help them feel his love and pleasure in them!
Make sure to talk about the experience (this is supposed to be like 2 minutes) after they are done. You could ask questions like, “What was your favorite part of _____(running, swinging, playing basketball)? What do you think God was feeling when he saw you enjoying yourself? How do you feel when you think about God cheering for you? etc.”
9. Praying the Psalms
Praying the Psalms is a great activity for young and old. You can have your child (or yourself) read them out loud and then discuss the thoughts and feelings of the writer.
You can also have your child choose a Psalm and adapt it to show how they are feeling about God. There are several paraphrased versions of Psalms to choose from for children that are great.
What about you? What are your favorite ways to spend time with Jesus?
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