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Hot! Bible Before Books – How Things Evolve as Children Grow

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Lately, because we study our Bible in the evenings as a family we haven’t been doing a set Bible time together in the mornings. I read my Bible first thing when I wake up (no words before my eyes, before HIS Word has been before my eyes) and then I ask the kids to do the same. We all sort of have our own Bible time in the mornings. Nothing wrong with that, it is just different from previous years where we always did Bible time first thing before any schoolwork.

I am still trying to decide if I should add something in together in the mornings, or just leave our study time at night and let them study on their own in the morning. After all, they are getting older and I like the idea of them getting into the habit of their own time with the Lord. This is preparation for life :)

However, it is something I need to make sure happens. I posted this on Instagram yesterday:

Mom-bun, my Mickey Mouse mug, and a table full of possibilities today. Waiting for the boy to read his Bible since he came to do math, and I asked him if he read it yet. He said he hadn’t. Sent him back to THE most important book before we tackle that math! Make sure you, Mom, do the same! Set your heart right before the Lord BEFORE jumping into the day. His Word is living and active and nourishes and sustains us! Be transformed by it! Don’t let it sit there while you go about your day. Seek Him first!! Who’s with me? #simplylivingforhim #transformed #seekJesus#Biblefirst #biblebasedhomeschooling

How are you studying the Bible as a family? Do plans evolve and change as your children grow older? Share in the comments below!

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Karen DeBeus

Karen is the author of Simply Homeschool, Called Home, and Bible Based Homeschooling. She is passionate about encouraging homeschooling families on their journey to keep their eyes on the One who called them here. She can also be found blogging about all things simple at Simply Living for Him.

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  1. I just posted about my kids reading their bibles first thing every morning. It has been such a blessing for us.

  2. I would love this to happen in our family, yet I worry about feeling like I’m “forcing” my kids to read their Bibles, when I want it to be a natural thing that they want to do (and hopefully follow my example). I want their relationship with God to be theirs, and not made to feel like they “have” to read their Bibles now, like it’s a chore … what are your thoughts on this? I desperately want them to have their own quiet times each day, and have bought them devotionals and encourage them to do so, yet they go through periods where they are really dedicated at having a quiet time, and then nothing at all for a while (apart from our family devotions, church, etc). What are your thoughts on this?

    • While I don’t want to force my kids, I do believe in instilling good habits, thus the “rule” we have made. Does it happen every day? No. Things happen. But I do remind them to read and I also talk to them about what they read. I will say, “What did you learn about God from what you read?” And my kids see that it is important because we continue to encourage them in their Bible time. I do pray that the Holy Spirit would be present to them in their reading time. We can pray for our kids, model our own walk, but ultimately, yes, it is theirs to own one day. And the Lord is ultimately the One who will quicken their spirit.

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