5/21/2009

Training our kids

Before you start reading I apologize for writing the word *s-ck* in this blog. I obviously thought it meant something completly different that what actually means and didn´t know about it until my niece made it sound like it wasn´t the best word to use. I asked my husband and he told me that word is a no-no.... I am so embarrassed and feel so bad about it.... didn´t mean to offend anyone. In my defence (not that I think I deserve one) remember I am from Spain and sometimes I get some words wrong.... I am so embarrassed...... Now, if you forgive me, you can go on reading.



The last few days I have been reminded once again of the great privileged it is to be a mom, the wonderful responsibility we have in raising our children and the role we have as mothers in the teaching and the discipline of our children. All of that compact in the great book “A woman after God´s heart”. Remember I told you I would share the things that God had used to impact my life the most while reading the section in moms?

Of course the first thing she talks about is sharing and teaching God´s Word to our kids.

I remember one time when we were on deputation. Our kids where little, Kayla was maybe 2 ½ and Nicole was just 1 (I don´t think she was just yet), of course Noelia wasn´t even thought yet. It was one of our first meetings, and it was a Missions Conference. We were to stay with a family over those few days at their home. They were young like us and they had a little girl Kayla´s age, and a little boy a couple months older than Nicole, she was pregnant with their third. We had so much fun!

Our second night there, we were sitting in the living room after the church service and the father started asking the little girl Bible verses. I was speechless (yeah, I know, hard to believe). She knew more verses than me (I know the verses but can´t put lots of them together with reference…. Yeah I know….) with the references. She knew all the roman road and lots of other misc. It was amazing.

It was then that I realized that it is never too early to teach our children the Bible. They may forget it with the time, but you are planting seeds in their heart. The world is going to try to tattoo their philosophy in our kid´s heart, so we MUST tattoo the Word of God so they can fight against it... it is never too early.

As soon as we got home we decided we would work on a different Bible verse every week, and we would review the past ones every day. After a few months Kayla new lots of Bible verses. We never did much with Nicole because she was just a baby and didn´t even know how to talk. One day, to our surprise, she started telling us all the Bible verses at the same time that Kayla was!!!

Somehow we left that good tradition out and we haven´t been as faithful on that as we used to be. Sad but true. It sadden me to realize that they have forgotten all those verses they once knew, and I know it is my fault because I didn´t stay at it.

This book has reminded me about it and I have taken the decision to get those good traditions back. One verse a week, and hey, it will help me too!!!

I don´t want this post to be too long so I will share some more a different time. Have a good Thursday!


6 comments:

Denise said...

Bless you dear for your wonderful efforts as a mom.

Stuff could always be worse said...

I know it will work, my daughter could quote many Bible verses, when she was learning to talk. So glad you reminded me of that, they are tattooed in her heart.

The meaning of words keep changing, that even I have to make sure, they are not taken bad. You did nothing wrong.
Kim

Alicia said...

Pilar...I think that is wonderful! Children are sponges and they memorize things sooooo fast! This is a great reminder for me to do this w/ my children!!!

Nicole said...

Hey there, I completely agree. I had no idea that children could memorize so much so easily at such young ages. R has been working with the children with their verse memorization as part of our family devotions in the evening. I am going to email you a system that I came across that you might want to take a look at. I have a harder time with memorization (I know, not a good excuse) than R does. Thanks for reminding me to pick up the slack on the days that R is not able to do it. Take Care. Nicole

Arlene said...

Thanks for the reminder to be consistent with this. I have been working with teaching Caleb good songs (The B-I-B-L-E, God is so Good, Jesus Loves Me, etc), but sometimes I haven't thought to really work on verses yet!

Mocha Momma said...

Oh, the girls will recall those verses again. They may not remember the references, but the idea of the verse will be there. Keep up the good work. My kids have been in Awana for several years so they have learned verses that way. I cannot say I have done it myself like you have. Read the Bible to them every day or night. It helps too. God bless you, mom.
Nannette (Nan's friend)