Giving Your Kids Jesus Part V: Be Intentional With the Word
I love reading. I always have, and I always will! I cannot remember a time in my life that I haven’t loved reading. I love the feel of a book in my hands, the sound of cracking open a new book, the smell of it’s pages…I love libraries full of books. I have laughed and cried my way through a good many books in my lifetime. But no book has had the power to change, challenge, and shape my life more than the Word of God.
Today we’re finishing up with our look into Deuteronomy 6:5-9.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”
I love this verse! It beautifully sums up what we’ve been talking about the last couple of weeks!
- It puts first thing first — Love the Lord your God. (Redefine success.)
- Who’s heart should these commands be upon? Yours! (You can’t give what you don’t have.)
- Impress them upon you children. (Bring them to Him.)
- This verse gives us some ideas of how and when to do this. (Be intentional.)
Today we’re looking into verses 8 and 9 when it says: “Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.” The Words does not literally mean to pull out the sharpies and start marking up our arms, foreheads, and walls! (However, I have some thoughts about this!)
In Biblical times, there were few written copies of the whole law, and people had it read out loud to them only at certain times throughout the year. It became a common practice for select sentences of the law to be written on their gates and walls as you entered the home: either literally on the door frames or on a parchment placed in a box by the door. They would also write the law on slips of parchment to be worn around their wrists or foreheads; this was called the Tephillin.
The intention of this command was that God’s people keep His word before them–that they do whatever it took to remember His word.
As the Benson Commentary states, “The spirit of the command, however, and the chief thing intended, undoubtedly was, that they should give all diligence and use all means to keep God’s laws always in remembrance, as men frequently bind something upon their hands, or put something before their eyes, to prevent forgetfulness of a thing which they much desire to remember.”
When you can’t even remember what you went into the store to buy, I think it’s safe to say we could use any helpful tip we can get that would help us remember the Word of God!
Even though sharpie tattoos aren’t what Moses had in mind when he wrote these words – it is something we do in our home! I cannot tell you the number of times simply writing one word or a phrase from a scripture on my kiddos wrist for the day has helped them! Are they struggling with peace? “He is our Peace.” Are they struggling with grumbling and complaining? “Do everything without grumbling.” Are they struggling with joy? “The Joy of the LORD is our strength.”
If we are not teaching and speaking the Truth of God’s Word into our children’s lives, we are not utilizing the greatest parenting resource ever! His Word is living and active, and it will produce fruit in the hearts of our children.
We have to know the Word in order to sow the Word! Again, this goes back to “you can’t give what you don’t have.”
We are a house of girls so we love jewelry! Not just any jewelry, we love what I like to call “meaningful jewelry” — bracelets or necklaces that symbolize a greater meaning. After coming through a season of talking about being “made new” and “transformed in Christ,” we found bracelets that had butterflies on them. We wear them as a reminder. A necklace that says “hope” encourages us to never forget where our hope comes from. These act as reminders of the Truth we are sowing into their hearts.
We need these gentle reminders throughout the day. It’s easy for them to look down and see those words and instantly be reminded of His truth!
I’m also a HUGE fan of posting the Word of God all over your home! Print it and hang it on the wall or write it on chalkboards or marker boards – have His word and truth where you can see it! Verily Designs makes beautiful reminders of God’s word and truth that you can put in your home!
In these verses in Deuteronomy, we see God’s people doing whatever it took to remember the Word of God, and we should be doing the same today.
His Word is a lamp for our feet and light for our path! (Psalm 119:105) We will be stumbling along in the dark if we aren’t using His Word in our lives.
If we want to see where we’re going and if we want to guide our children on the right path, we must make His Word a priority in our hearts and homes.