Monday, November 5, 2012

Shifting Up in Gears





“You’re teaching Daniel Bible verses!” she exclaimed in excitement. I grinned and shifted into fourth gear, the Saturn humming. On our way to the dentist, Morgan sat shotgun beside me, and Daniel recited “Psalm four eight, Psalm four eight” in the car-seat behind us. 

“Yeah, I’m trying to learn more verses, and I’m excited to have Daniel hear some too.” I down-shifted at a light, my hand still on the stick. 

“You didn’t do that for us, did you?” she asked. 

“I did, but I want to do more of it. Putting them to music seems to work best. Remember …. ‘Psalm 84:5, Psalm 84:5?’” I sang. Morgan smiled widely and sang along. “Blessed is he whose strength is in you, who’ve set their hearts on pilgrimage. Psalm 84:5, Psalm 84:5.” 

“See, the song worked there!” I teased, and peeked over at her. We smiled, remembering other car rides.

 Our Saturn sped closer to the dentist. In the backseat, Daniel bounced his legs and bumped his head in rhythm. 

“With Daniel, this is the verse I whisper in his ears when he has nightmares. One night I made it into a song. 'I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you, O God, are with me.'' I singsonged. Sheepishly, I stole a glance at her again. 

“That’s cool, Mom,” Morgan nodded approval and settled more comfortably into her chair. 

“I want to learn more too…” 

In my home of "two generations" of kids (17,13, and 4), we get to review and adjust our parenting, making changes where needed, adding or removing elements as we go. I am so thankful for that.

Whatever the ages of your kids, join me in being intentional with developing in our kids a love for, and strong handle on, God's word. I'm striving to be more intentional at memorizing Bible verses and teaching them to my kids. What helps you do that?

(For a free printable on praying God's Word for your kids, click here.)

Linking with Ann.

2 comments:

Betty said...

We have a time of singing with our grandchildren after we have ate supper...they love it...singing the word is a great way to memorize. Good post and good reminder.

AmyAlves said...

Wonderful Jennifer, I love the ease in which you share. May we always be lovingly creative and open to God's continual leading... ~ Blessings from Maine, Amy