Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday Talk-Bible Study Help

Hey Friends!

Happy Tuesday!

The weather has cooled off a bit this week and we're so very thankful.  It feels like FALL here in Texas.  

It's the third Tuesday of the month so Ashley and I are TALKING today.  We'd love for you to join us.  :)

We've been chatting all year long.  In case you missed any, we've talked...

We've covered a HOT, RANDOM MESS of topics.

Today, I'm really hoping for your input.  I know this can be a bit of a private subject, but Tab and I have been trying to figure out how to help our older kiddos with establishing their own quiet time.  In college, I remember seeing those friends who clearly had a very well established quiet time routine long before being out on their own.  They didn't waver in their commitment even in college with late nights and early wake-ups.  I'd love to instill that in my children as well.  

Here are my questions...

*Do you do this with them or have them do it alone?

*Do you encourage them to do it at night?  Morning?  After school?

*Do you guys have any great studies you recommend doing with kiddos ages 7-9?

I'd love for us all to do something on our own but get together a few times a week to discuss.  So far we've always done it together...with Bowen and even Britt.  (My big kids both have devotionals but not any sort of study.)  It's distracting and we tend to water it down so Bowen understands what we're talking about.

I know each kiddo is different, but I'd love to hear what has worked for you in the past.  (Or maybe what's working right now.)

Again, I'd love ANYTHING you have to offer!  (And maybe a few other readers would as well.)

Thanks in advance, ladies!  Please add your blog to the link-up to join the fun! 

XO

24 comments:

Meagan @ The Clanahan Fam said...

Thank you so much for asking these questions! Look forward to seeing responses later today. We need to figure out a more consistent time. It's just so hard with school aged and all their activities (excuses, I know - but I don't want to fight them on it either, ya know?) Just a tough balance. Right now, after bath and before dinner we turn off the tv and they have some time with their bibles and/or journals. Sometimes that ends up being when they go up to bed, too. Sunday afternoons always at 5pm, we turn everything off and turn on praise music and have quiet time then. It's one of my favorite parts of our week. Anyway, all that to say, I need material, too, ha!

Erika Slaughter said...

Yes!!! Meagan-I feel the same way! I don't want to push them to do this because I want them to enjoy it on their own. Absolutely! I'm hoping we both get some material! :)

Mix and Match Mama said...

My kids do Jesus Calling for Kids...but I found that they need to do it on their own time. I tried to get them to consistently do it in the morning, but then I realized that was met with some annoyance because they didn't want to wake up for school, get dressed and then sit down and read...so, they keep it by their beds and do it before bed. At night, they're happy to get cozy and stay up a few minutes later to read it. I guess I would say do it when they're more apt to really want to do it. I'm going to come back later today to read everyone else's suggestions! This is a good topic!

Mrs. Hardison said...

What a great topic! Louie Giglio (the Passion guy) just released a new book for kids called Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids About God and Science. It looks really neat! I also like to read The Jesus Storybook Bible to mine right now since my boys range in age from 3-7. I feel like those stories are easy enough for young ones to understand but the older ones can also take to a deeper meaning level depending on the questions I ask them afterwards. Can't wait to see all the other suggestions!

Brittany said...

I just bought this for my son. It hasn't arrived yet, but I liked the amazon preview. He's 9, and struggles with selfishness, and I liked what I saw about it in the book. They also have a girl's version. A Boy After God's Own Heart: Your Awesome Adventure with Jesus https://www.amazon.com/dp/0736945024/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_W-D5zb846G6GC

Narci said...

We have Bible time at night! We read and listen to music. :) I need a good recommendation though! Great topic friend!

Becky said...

We just got this for our girls but haven’t started it yet! It has fill in the blanks and looks like it’ll take about 5 or so minutes a day! Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids https://www.amazon.com/dp/1433556863/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_8biliiifZcMg2

Elspeth Mizner said...

Great topic! I have my quiet time in the morning while I am eating breakfast. I do it on the morning so I can take some calm and quiet time for myself before the day gets crazy. I started doing this in college and I loved it! I read a passages from a Bible app and I do some journaling. Great way to start the day!

Perfectly Port said...

We do a nightly devotional book with each of the kids and have been memorizing scripture to hide in their hearts. They are pretty proud when they memorize it. My sons' this week is I love you Lord, you are my strength. Psalm 18:1. The bonus is I learn it with them :). I do my quiet time right after I send them out the door to school. I have been asking my friends too because I am so curious since I got saved at 23, I didn't grow up reading the Bible! xoxo ERIN

Whitney Pegram said...

Erika, this topic is so good! We have family devotion at night & it works out well. I really want Cooper, my 7 year old, to start reading some on his own too in his own time. I love my quiet time & want to teach my kiddos to love it too! Happy Tuesday, girl!

Gucci Girl said...

I grew up in a home where personal time with God was emphasized but not forced. I usually ended up doing it at night bc school mornings were so early. As an adult (now with my own kids) the thing that has stuck with me the most is that I don’t remember a day as a kid that my mom wasn’t reading her bible when we woke up. That’s what I want my kids to see in me. We have weekly devotionals as a family, but being that example is what I’m working on now. It’s tough bc I have early risers:) Also about to started the Louie Giglio science and God book as a family like someone mentioned above! Thanks for this post. I’m loving the comments.

mandabee said...

I love this topic and can't wait to read everyone's responses. I don't have little ones yet so I'm eager to see what everyone suggests!

The Mannings said...

We really enjoy doing it as a family, with all the busyness of life we feel like it's a time for us to set aside to focus on them and engage their hearts. On shereadstruth.com they have studies that you could do as a family. They will have a women's book, men's book and then a kids book depending on the study. We have started the book Case for Grace for kids by Lee Strobel, our kids really like it and has discussion questions at the end of the chapters.

Jenny Byrd said...

My boys and I love the ABC bible verse book. I highly recommend it. We have read thru it multiple times but it shares life application along with scripture memory which to me is most important. Let me know if you need help locating the book online. It's a good one!

Michelle said...

My seven year old and I do a devotional each night together before he reads before bed. We have gone through a couple of great books (Little Visits with God and Daily Visits with God). It’s time to find a new book for us! I’m looking forward to starting these devotionals with my daughter, who is two, in a couple of years. I am intrigued by the science book mentioned above too. A great foundation for kids to have when they have questions or have to answer others’ questions.

Kelly said...

I love this and will definitely be coming back for ideas. I didn't grow up reading the bible or having quiet time and my parents did not do this either so it's something new for me as well as my husband. Can't wait for suggestions!

Lindy said...

We struggle with this too, but I have to remind myself that God is the one who will draw them to himself and that my job is to model what it looks like to be a disciple and to pray for their salvation and walk with Christ. I know at times, I have found myself trying to check this off a list of things to do because I think "everyone else" is doing a great job with this and having great family devotions every morning and night, lol! My kids are 11, 9, 4 and 1...So I think when they are young, it is so important for them to see us living in a way that we are abiding in the Word and prayer, loving our neighbors and being salt and light. With that being said, I also agree that reading the Bible, praying and doing devotions with them is super important too, until they can own their own faith. God teaches us in Deut 11:19 to teach our children when we lie down, wake up, in our homes and as we walk along the road. So, basically "all day, everyday"-wow, what a huge responsibility!

My son is 11 and a few years ago we did A Boy After God's Own Heart with him, as well as A Boy's Guide to Discovering His Bible and A Boy's Guide to Making Really Good Choices (all by Jim George and we did the girls version with our daughter) We would do them at night in his bed and it has simple fill in the blank questions. He also loved the devotional called "Heads Up! Sports Devotional for All Star Kids" It combines biblical principles with stories of athletes and fun sports trivia. We also love Tim Tebow's books for Kids and The Purpose Driven Life for Kids now that he is a little older. I try to read the Purpose Driven life with him and my daughter, who is 9, before they ride their bikes to school in the morning. For my girls, I love For Such a Time As This by Angie Smith and The Jesus Storybook Bible. We also have God Loves Me, A devotional Journal for Girls-where they read and then write an answer to a question. For our daughter's 9th birthday, we bought her the Girls Life Application Study Bible and it has lots of little sections throughout that spark a lot of good conversation about her faith. Again, after years of trying to implement some sort of family devotional routine and failing at it, I feel like the Lord is showing me that if I am loving Him with all my heart and abiding in Him and His word, then it will naturally flow out of me and I can use everyday moments to teach them about who He is and his character. There are a million tools out there these days but nothing can replace a mama who is chasing after Jesus and being the light of her home! I fall short of this everyday...all the more reason to find my strength and righteous in Christ and point them to Him! xoxo

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Lisa said...

I think it's so wonderful you want to instill this in your precious children. My husband would read the Children's Bible every night with our kids for years. He made it all the way through a couple of times with our son (oldest) and a little less with our daughter (youngest). It's a time he treasures and we hope they do to. XO

Rhega Gordon said...

Let me recommend Bible Study Fellowship. See if there is one if your area. In our area there is a men's class on Monday nights, a ladies' day class on Wednesday mornings and a women's evening class on Tuesday nights. My husband does the men's class. My daughters and I attend the women's evening class. The key is we are all studying the same thing. Plus the children's questions are broken down for each age group. So while you all may be looking at Romans 3:1-12, each age groups questions will be worded for age appropriateness. The other good thing is the questions are broken into days so you only answer 2-3 questions each day. It is a great way to have time in the word each day, keep your family on the same page but everyone doing it according to their age. Here is the website https://www.bsfinternational.org/ You can check to see if there are classes in your area.

pokes96 said...

I love that you are willing to ask these questions and give your kids this opportunity. My kids are older than yours (9 & 15), but they are 6 years apart, so it's like they were only children. With my oldest (girl), she had a set of "suggested activities" to do in her free time. One of them was "grow your faith"...this could be anything from listening to Christian music, working on her memory verse or lesson from church, even reading from the children's bible to meet her reading minutes requirements. She loved to read out loud to her younger brother (& that time counted for reading minutes!). As she has grown up (in years & her faith), she has really enjoyed bible journaling, making scripture memory cards and the new "All in All" devotional book from Sophie Hudson. In fact, she's buying that book to give to all her friends for their birthdays this year. This past summer she applied for a leadership program at a big Christian camp. On her application one of the questions was something like how did you become a Christian? Her response was "In my home, I was always exposed to Jesus & His church and learned the richness of a relationship with Him. Through exposure, my faith became my own and never felt forced upon me." That made me feel so much better since we never forced a structured quiet time on her. With her brother, he is all about the stories of the bible. So the Jesus Storybook Bible has been great for him. Also the app that goes along with it...I know it's an app, but we don't count that toward his screen time minutes. I think with boys if you show them the adventure & danger of the bible and it's history, you can also teach them the good news of Jesus through applying those lessons to life. The Jim George series & the new Lou Giglio books are also on my list for him. My husband & I have enjoyed the She/He Reads Truth studies and purchased the Kids Read Truth for Advent to use as a family. Please don't put too much pressure on yourself about a structured time for each kid everyday. Just like learning in school, they will each take in the information in different ways...as long as they are exposed to the information. It may not be a set quiet time until they get older, it may be through reading aloud, coloring, church activities, just expose them to as much as you can. You'll be surprised how much those little seeds will grow their faith.

Marilyn Lesniak said...

It is always a pleasure to link up with you. Thank you for all you do to bring bloggers together. I invite you to join me at #OverTheMoon, #WonderfuWednesday and #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Have a great week!

Melissa Goerlitz said...

I love this topic Erika, I’m going to read up on some of the suggestions your other readers have! Have a good day!

Nathan L said...

We love this series - The Gospel Story Bible. It keeps Christ and God's plan of redemption central to all stories in the Bible. The Story Bible has a narrative summary of the story. Then, there is a devotional for the OT and NT where you talk about/study the same story for 5 days. They are quick, easy devotionals that are easy to adapt for different ages. Even when I think my youngest doesn't understand, I can see fruit from the time we spend.
https://www.christianbook.com/gospel-story-bible-discovering-jesus-testaments/marty-machowski/9781936768127/pd/768127?event=CBCER1
https://www.christianbook.com/story-short-minute-devotions-your-family/marty-machowski/9781935273813/pd/273813
https://www.christianbook.com/story-testament-minute-devotions-your-family/marty-machowski/9781936768660/pd/768660?event=CBCER1