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Train Up a Child

Cindy King and Family: The King's Strings

Interesting post from my friend Cindy King (who might shun me for mentioning her by name, but I’m taking the chance) about teaching our children. She starts by mentioning something that is on her heart:

The church is not supposed to be the primary source in this area; it can’t be. My children spend one morning a week at church, maybe two and that’s definitely not enough time for the church to impart spiritual truths. And they aren’t supposed to be the primary source for my child’s spiritual training. Deuteronomy 6: 6 – 8 is written to me, not to my pastor or church’s youth leaders: These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.

I think Satan has done an excellent job of supplying parents with plenty of excuses for not teaching our children spiritual truths in the home. “I don’t know enough about the Bible and I wouldn’t want to teach my children the wrong things.” “We had family devotions when I was growing up and it was SO boring.” “We’re so busy. When would we have time to do that?” “The ages of my children are so varied, how can I reach all of them?” “I’m so overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin.” And don’t think pastor’s families are exempt. Just ask the Good Doctor.

I’ve often wondered how churches can help parents regain their role in the home. Maybe educating and empowering parents is just as (or more) important as finding the right curriculum for the children. A few hours each week is not enough, especially when I hear church leaders like the woman who insisted that three year olds can’t learn. I think of how many years she had already missed with her own children, and the children of her congregation, and I cringe.

After detailing some of her efforts over the years with their children (currently seven, with the youngest five home-schooled) and then introduces a resource that might be helpful to others, even if only as a supplement to public/private school kids.

This summer I came across a curriculum called Grapevine Studies. I usually don’t buy Bible curriculum because I feel like I can brainstorm and come up with ideas on my own. However, I was really intrigued with this series. The description from their website, (Click here for website), states: “Grapevine Studies provides effective, easy-to-teach Bible curriculum to disciple students ages five to adult. Through the use of Bible timelines and easy-to-follow lessons, Grapevine Studies will give your students a panoramic view of the Bible.” I decided to try it, starting with my 5 – 10 year olds.

I’m hooked. The children ask for it first thing every morning. When we miss a day, they are upset. They love the timeline drawings and symbols and they are remembering what they are learning. So, for anyone looking for a place to begin, this just might be the jumpstart that you need. The even better news for you is that if you use the coupon code TAF at checkout, you receive 20% off your first order.

And let me know if you try it; I’d love to hear your thoughts. Even more so, I’d love to know that you’re starting to talk about these things when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up, that you are tying them as symbols on your hands and binding them on your foreheads.

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