Nothing is more calming to my soul than picking up God’s Word and reading from the Psalms. Perhaps it is because there is such transparency with the Psalmists. As we read, we get a glimpse of heartache, troubles, sorrows, fear, worry and doubt. But, in contrast we also see complete faith, hope, love, joy, and delight. My heart is pointed to my Creator, Rock, Salvation, Strong Tower, Deliverer, Refuge, Preserver, Shield and Strength every time I read the Word of God. My mind is transformed by the power of His Words, and I am strengthened through them.
I believe that giving my children a love for the Word of God is one of the most wonderful gifts I could ever give them. We encourage Bible memorization within the family, their father and I read the Bible to them and we persuade each of them to read on their own as well. Dana is currently teaching Bible Catechisms each morning after breakfast to the children.
We use the Bible in all of their studies. It is the most precious book we have. It is the inerrant (incapable of mistakes), inspired (God breathed), all sufficient (completely adequate), Word of God. In other words, the Bible is all we need and we cannot know it or study it enough.
Recently I was given a pre-inductive study of the Psalms, Young Hearts Longing For God, from Soli Deo Gloria Resources. It is a 30 lesson workbook geared for children in 4th through 8th grade. Each lesson takes the student through one Psalm per week. It encourages daily reading of the Psalm creating repetition (which helps in memorization). The student is given questions to answer as well as thoughts and prompts for journal writing. The workbook is $16.00 or you can download immediately an ebook for $14.50 from their website. (When you go to the site be sure and check out the free resources available.)
Abigail, my 6th grade daughter has been going through the study and has enjoyed it very much. The only fault I found was that it was only available in NIV. Since we are a KJV only family I had to print off the psalms myself in King James. This was not too much of a problem in that I simply put the KJV pages in her notebook.
Soli Deo Gloria (Latin for To God Alone the Glory) has many resources and their goal is to assist the parents in teaching for God’s glory alone. Below is an excerpt from their website.
Why do we educate our children?
- If we educate our children so that they will be intelligent and successful – we may be seeking THEIR glory.
- If we educate our children so that they will impress our family, friends and neighbors – we may be seeing OUR OWN glory.
- If we educate our children so that they can pour forth facts and figures accurately – we may be seeking the glory of KNOWLEDGE (and knowledge puffs up).
- But if we educate our children so that they have a big view of God, are aware of their individuals giftings and seek to use them for the advancement of God’s Kingdom around the world and in eternity – then we are seeking GOD’S glory.
I must say that is a wonderful reason to educate our children! Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth. (Psa 57:11)
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Disclaimer: As a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2010-2011 Crew, I received Young Hearts Longing for God free of charge in exchange for an honest product review. I do not receive any other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog.