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I first learned of Danika Cooley through her Bible Road Trip curriculum. With a number of kids who love crafts we found so many materials that really engaged my children in their learning of the Word of God. Isn’t that a blessing? Since we have enjoyed so much of her work in the past I was beyond excited to receive a copy of her newest book, Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible, published by Bethany House Publishers. There is no better time for us set their hearts and minds, as well as our own, on our mighty God.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might
As a home educating momma, I attest to how much time are care is put into our day to day studies. What activities do we engage in and how much; what books and materials will we choose to spend our time in? What is the end goal for our children? How can I tell we are where we ought to be, that we aren’t “behind” or “lacking” in anything? These things can feel like pretty heavy burdens when we let them take over but what if we remembered what Jesus taught”
“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…”
I do not mean to imply that we should throw away our textbooks and do nothing but study the Bible – Rather, what if we focused on that which is most important of all? When we have Jesus at the center of it all; when our children see their need and Jesus place, in all things – Surely goodness will be found in the many other things we do. Surely we can all agree that eternity is worth it.
It can be overwhelming and scary leading our children; studying and praying our children but it doesn’t have to be this way. Danika is committed to helping families lead their children to life, eternal, for the glory of the Lord. They believe strongly in study and memorization of the Word (as long term Bible quizzers we absolutely see the value ourselves.) A homeschool momma herself, she is a inspiration in intentionally and gently leading our children in the way they should go and hiding the treasure that is God’s Word within their hearts.
Of course for this to be effective, we have to truly believe and obey what we read. We must know that God’s Word will not return void – it will accomplish all that the Lord wills. So much of this begins with taking up our own rod and leading in the way. I think of Lois and Eunice in the Bible who were the grandmother and the mother of Timothy; what beautiful are examples of the powerful influence we can have on a youth’s life. We too can be so faithful!
For many years we have taken part in Bible quizzing and I am so grateful for how that has helped us to develop how we approach the Word of God. My children have been able to see and know for themselves: who God is, why baptism is necessary, the value of modesty and holiness – I remember being told that my kids were too young to understand the Bible – I still have so many children’s story books that were given me – I also remember my younger son’s shock when he saw so many stories missing from his children’s Bible. Even at his young, tender age, he knew he needed the WHOLE Bible. Not just parts of it. 🙂
Thinking Starts with a Question Mark?
We love good questions around here. As you read, as you establish truth there are so many wonderful ways you can discuss and go deeper still. But it all begins with reading and praying. The Bible tells us that God reveals His truths to those who seek after it. Seeking requires action. For our younger ones it can be as simple as singing worship songs and drawing a picture, for older ones they can write and memorize scriptures; as they grow in ability perhaps we can engage them in word studies to help them see more powerful connections geographically, culturally. God’s Word always has more for us when we are willing, eager to be taught.
In these days, it can feel like “the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Today is the day, to pray for our children, to prepare them to say, “Here I am Lord, send me.” We want for our children to grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. We need materials like this to help us, so that we will not grow weary in well doing but will trust that we will reap a harvest if we faint not. Encourage yourself (and your whole family) in the Lord as you share those rivers of living water.
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