The Lord our God will we serve, His voice will we obey
Thanksgiving meals are done an over, most of the leftovers are finished, and we're now onto thoughts of Christmas goodies: cookies, cakes, caramel popcorn...
We're all filled up, aren't we? We love our tasty foods, at least in this house!
When Trey turned four, I began asking myself - What is he filled with? How will he learn to fulfill his purpose God's way? I found a verse in The Message bible that helped me:
As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work.
If I wanted Trey, and myself, to do our work God's way, we needed to know how God thinks. We needed to 'fill up' on God's thoughts.
And so, we began memorizing bible verses together.
The verse above from Joshua is one that we just memorized together this past week. In the coming weeks I'll focus more on Jesus' birth, and in a few years we'll both have a treasure trove of truth to call on.
Are you discouraged at the worldly focus you, and your family, are developing? Memorizing bible verses is a great way to combat that. 'Filling up' our minds with God's thoughts doesn't take much: we choose a shorter verse, and a few times a day we recite it together (I usually try to make it rhythmic, it helps us with memorizing), then again at bedtime.
Here's a challenge for you - this week, as a family, recite the verse above from Joshua. Encourage your children with the promise of a reward, something simple, if they can recite it unprompted in a week.
Fill your family up with the healthy, wholesome spiritual food of God's thoughts, and watch their thinking change.
"We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well."
(1 Corinthians 10:24b MSG)