When I first got pregnant with our oldest child, I started praying that our babies would know how loved they are by my husband and me, but also by their heavenly Father.
I also prayed that they would learn to love God, his word, and those in the world around them. And it was with that prayer I started doing baby devotions.
Some lessons are taught and some lessons are caught. Children learn how God loves them by how we love them.
They learn the importance of prayer and loving others by watching us do those things. Those are lessons caught and so important—I daresay the most important.
However, there are also lessons taught where we actually sit down and teach our children how to pray, read a Bible story to them, or sing a song about God’s love.
Oftentimes, it’s so easy just to leave the teaching to Sunday school and hope something sticks. But I figure if reading my Bible outside of church is what I need to grow throughout the week, why wouldn’t it be the same for them?
So we started dusting off the Baby Bible and reading it every day. Then that evolved into creating some hands-on activities (ahem—sanity savers) that tied into our lesson.
Every week we tackle a new Bible story, and though I’m sure most of what we talk about goes over their heads, my hope is that a foundation is being built for deeper learning later on.
Most of the activities we do are with items we already have on hand and take less than five minutes to prep. Each week we:
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