If there’s one Scripture that sums up parenting it’s Deuteronomy 6. In ancient times, these verses would have been the first to be memorized in Jewish culture. It’s the oldest prayer in Judaism, said every morning and every night. In fact, a whole Christian family ministry movement surrounds these verses.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 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. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.Deuteronomy 6:4-9
I’ve heard these verses a million times; you probably have too. So sometimes it helps to look at them from a different perspective. Here’s a modern day take–through pictures.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
“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…
“when you walk along the road…
“when you lie down…
“when you get up…
“Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframe of your houses and on your gates.“
Bottomline: Do EVERYTHING you can EVERYWHERE you go to help your kids treasure God’s Word in their heart. Don’t wait for the perfect time. Just snatch EVERY chance you get to introduce your son or daughter to the Father who loves them.
Because a relationship with him matters more than anything else in the world.
All your time, repetition and patience will be worth it.
Just curious…is there a time and place you hadn’t thought of before that would be great for teaching your kids about who God is?
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