Struggles our Men Face

Two days ago we celebrated Father’s Day.

While many ate cake and laughed around the table, others wept for fathers lost or never known. Some ached with disappointment and others were bitter with contempt.

But whether the day was happy or discouraging, there is no other day that reminds me how important it is to be praying for the men in our lives.

Kids need their daddies.

Wives need their husbands.

We all need the men who are grandpas and uncles and brothers and friends to be the men that God has called them to be, to be men who live with courage and faith and humility and grace. Men who love patiently and with kindness. Men whose love is long-suffering and rejoices with the truth. We need men who walk with God.

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5 Struggles men face and what a wife can do to help

Scripture Memory for Kids: Who Is God?

One of the easiest things we can do as parents to instill faith in our kids is to help them memorize Scripture

Romans 10:17 tells us that hearing the Word of God is a way that the Holy Spirit can work in our children and grow their faith!

The Psalmist wrote that hiding God’s Word in his heart helped him not to sin against God (Psalm 119:111).

God tells us in Isaiah that His Word will not return empty or void but it will accomplish what God has purposed for it to do (Isaiah 55:11)!

As a mom, I want to do all I can to help my kids hide God’s Word in their hearts, to know Him and love Him and follow Him with their whole hearts.

We have incorporated Scripture memory during our bedtime routine and in our family devotional time, but most verses, my kids have learned through music or through the Awana program at our church, where they memorize a new verse each week.

Even if we weren’t a part of an Awana Club, though, we’d still be memorizing verses. In fact, with our Awana season over until fall, this is the perfect time to memorize Scripture together as a family.

In the past, we’ve memorized the Romans Road, ABC verses, character-based verses, and longer passages like a whole Psalm. This summer, though, we’ve decided to focus on the character of God and how He works. 

Find out which verses we’re memorizing this summer and why over at For the Family:

Scripture Memory for Kids: 10 Verses on the Character and Activity of God

Scripture Memory - 10 verses to teach our kids about WHO God is!
 

 Resources for You

Scripture Music for Kids: Learning God’s Word through Song

When You Don’t Love the Bible: Developing a Desire for the Word of God

Praying for our Kids: 5 Verses to Pray

Scripture Music for Kids: Learning God’s Word through Song!

great list of music for kids to help them memorize Bible verses

Sowing seeds of Scripture in our children is so important!

God’s Word is living and active! The Holy Spirit uses the Word in powerful ways in our lives, and thoroughly equips us  (2 Timothy 3:16-17). I want to do all that I can to help my kids memorize and know the Word of God.

Who knows when the Holy Spirit will bring the Truth of His Word back to the minds and hearts of my kids? He can use even the simple passages my kids memorize at age 3 to convict, encourage, and comfort them not just at age 3 but also at age 30!

A Bible study friend of mine claims that when our kids memorize and know Scripture, God uses that Truth in their hearts like a homing pigeon in their lives, drawing them back to His heart and into relationship with Him even years later.

God has promised that His Word will not return empty or void. It will accomplish what it has set out to do.

There are many ways to memorize God’s Word, but one of the easiest {and most fun!} is through music!

Of course there are many different styles of Scripture music, and the list below isn’t exhaustive by any means. I’m sharing some of the Scripture music albums I know about, a few being our favorites!

 

Scripture Music for Kids

  • Seeds Family Worship is a favorite of ours. These albums have helped me memorize Scripture just as much as it has helped the kids. We love it, too, because the music isn’t just for kids.
  • Hidden in My Heart is an album of Scripture lullabies. I have played this one frequently at bedtime and while my kids sleep, but I have found these songs to be of great comfort to me, too, when my heart was anxious or afraid. Calming, comforting Truth.
  • Steve Green’s Hide ‘Em in Your Heart was one of the first CDs given to us when we became parents. Written for kids and easy to learn, these Scripture songs have been some of my kids’ favorites.
  • If you’re looking for upbeat, catchy, and Scripture music you can dance to, Meet the Rizers is probably the one you’re looking for. This album has 9 specific verses, and this one has 10 others.
  • If  a little more folksy is more your style, you’ll want to check out Fighter Verse Songs, put out by Children Desiring God. Set 1 has 40 different songs/verses, and there are 5 different sets!
  • Definitely older in style, Integrity Music has a number of Scripture Memory albums grouped by theme — faith-building, overcoming anxiety, God’s Love, praise, etc.
  • Lesser known but loved by those who know it is the Entrusted with a Child’s Heart Scripture Memory Songs. {Bonus – this album is by a friend of one of my best friends!}
  • Max Lucado’s Hermie and Friends has quite a few albums with Scripture set to music. One of the great thing about these discs is that they are grouped by theme: following the rules, being a friend, being truthful, etc.
  • Songs for Saplings is another popular option, though definitely listen before purchasing to make sure you like the style of music. This series has quite a few CDs with Scripture set to music, and there are others with theology and catechism set to music!
  • This one is new to me, but I am loving this album of Scripture songs all about the attributes of God by Grace Evangelical Church.

 

More Kids’ Music that teaches Biblical Values

Thought these aren’t all Scripture verses set to music, these other CDs, based on Biblical principles, are some favorites in our family:

  • Psalty – I loved Psalty as a kid, and still do today. We have purchased almost every disc for our kids and they are often on repeat for us. {Please don’t judge the music by the look of the website!}
  • Bullfrogs and Butterflies — My husband listened to this one as a kid, but it was new to me. Our kids have loved the songs and story — me too!
  • Sleep Sound in Jesus — This is another album my husband listened to as a child and has also become a bedtime favorite in our home. 17 gentle lullabies by Michael Card.
  • The Donut Man — another oldie but goodie!
  • Slugs & Bugs — a new favorite!

 

So what would you add to the list?

Memorizing God’s Word with you!

What Your Family Needs to Do Before Easter

Easter is busy, but there's really just ONE thing your family needs to do before celebrating --
Easter is my favorite holiday of all. As a kid, I loved the holiday because of the eggs and the candy and the bulging basket I’d search for, which I would finally find hiding in a laundry bin or behind the couch.

I grew up in a Christian family, though at the time, my parents were Creasters — you know, they only attended church on Christmas and Easter.

I knew the real meaning of Easter, of course, and why we celebrate, but I didn’t really get it because we really didn’t talk about it. I never heard about Lent. I didn’t understand Palm Sunday or Holy Week, and rarely attended a Good Friday service.

The Bible stuff was left to Sunday school and pastors and the teachers at my Christian school. So the importance of Easter and how it should affect my daily life was lost on a little girl’s delight in bunnies and daffodils and the lamb dinner enjoyed on Sunday.

By God’s grace and the influence of my grandparents, Easter took on new importance as I grew older, and I began to understand the meaning of Holy Week and Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.

Today, Easter is still my favorite holiday — but not because of the bunnies and baskets but because of Jesus!

I’m writing over at For the Family today, sharing about the ONE thing your family needs to do this year before Easter.

The One Thing Your Family Needs to Do Before Easter

 


 

such a great resource for families to use this Easter!
Also, don’t forget: Holy Week begins on Sunday!! Grab your copy of Clean on the Inside: A Family Devotional for Holy Week!

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