Talking about God with your children and noticing his handiwork in the smallest details, such as a blade of grass or the melody of a bird’s song should be as natural as walking together or kissing them on the cheek as they head off to school. Be encouraged and motivated to share with your children how God helped you get through the grind of your work day. Share the “wins” of your day and honor all of that to the glory of God. Thank God for those wins. Every good thing and even the troubling ones can be used to show your children more of God’s grace. Let your children hear from you about the many ways you experienced the “God Happenings” in the small and big details of your day and they will soon begin to notice their own “God Happenings” where ever they are.
“Don’t walk around with your head down, trying to ‘just get through’ your day so that you can get up tomorrow and do it all over again”. * God wants everyday to be a delight as you live in His presence and discover His blessings. Model to your children the true kind of delight and joy that only comes from knowing Jesus and the way to know Jesus is to know what God says about Jesus and to know what God says about Jesus is to read His Book…the Bible.
I appreciate this simple acrostic as a guide for my personal bible reading and it’s proven helpful for my family too. We use the word: P-R-A-I-S-E
Here is a simple summary Adapted from The Journey by Randy Pope, Perimeter Church.
PRAY: Begin with talking to God. No need for eloquent words. Just tell God what is on your mind and ask him to help you see “God Happenings” through the reading of his Word.
READ: Chose a passage of scripture. Perhaps a chapter from Psalms, Proverbs, or begin reading the book of John. You may want to read from a devotional book with your children.
ASK QUESTIONS: What does this mean? What should I do? How do I see “God Happenings” in the verses read? What did God do? How should I respond?
INTERPRET: If you don’t know the answers to your questions, then use an online resource to find the answer or ask someone more knowledgeable about the Bible to help you. Write down the question to remember to investigate later and share the conclusions with your family.
SUMMARIZE: Wrap up the bible reading with a brief summary of what was read. This is the best time to recount the “God Happenings” discovered and responses to the some of the questions asked. You may want to make a few notes to remember the comments family members say.
ENGAGE with GOD: You begin with prayer and you end with prayer. Talk to God and thank him for showing you more of himself. It is a beautiful thing when families pray together. It’s a beautiful thing to experience the “God Happenings” with each other.
I hope this acrostic is helpful for you. Be watchful and expectantly looking for those “God Happenings”! I would love to know what you find!
** Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids by Sarah Young; page 236; Enjoy Life!