Five Minutes with the Bible

Your child's schedule probably already includes bath time, nap time and bedtime. But there's always room for five minutes of Bible time. No child is too young to learn from the most important book in history. Here are some pointers.

Set a routine for Bible time. Try to have it at approximately the same time each day, perhaps after breakfast or before snack.

Sing fun songs. Bible songs sold on cassette or CD at Christian bookstores can get you started. Enjoy clapping and jumping.

Read from a children's Bible. Use a toddler or picture Bible. Keep the stories short. Some children enjoy holding the Bible while you read. Using a puppet to tell the Bible story is always a treat.

Introduce additional material. Bible coloring books are a great way to share a story. You may want to read a holiday book depicting the story of Jesus at Christmas or Easter.

Toss in real life. If the Bible story contains any objects you have in your home, use them. Visual aides make the story real to a child. If you are reading about Noah's ark, pull the cushions off the couch to make a boat, then bring aboard all the stuffed animals.

Include a memory verse. Pick a verse from the Bible and repeat it each day until your child memorizes it. Practice by allowing her to fill in a word that you leave out. Reward her with a sticker, then move on to another verse.

Make prayer easy. In the beginning, you'll have to model a simple prayer. For example, "Thank You, God, for sunshine. Thank You for today. Amen." After a while, ask your child if there's something she'd like to pray for.

Be patient. Occasionally, Bible time may have to be cut even shorter due to a sleepy child or a bad day. The goal is to stay committed to providing as much of a positive Bible routine as possible. It will become a part of your child's day that says, "Let's take time to have fun with God!"

Copyright © 2003 Lynne M. Thompson. All rights reserved.

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