Imagine how smoothly my morning scenario could go if I made this one change when emotions escalate. What if, instead of screaming at my children, I paused and reminded us all of Colossians 3:20 “Do all things without complaining and disputing.”?
The H component is to hide God’s word in your child’s heart. God’s word is vital for all people to make good decisions. Memorize scriptures with your children, and have them ready when someone needs correction. Nothing is more powerful than speaking God’s word over your child and teaching them to apply it to daily life. Encouraging good decision-making skills must begin with laying an unshakeable foundation of truth in our hearts and the hearts of our children.
If we want our children to make good decisions we need to point them to the one who has recorded every day of their lives in His book before they were born (Psalm 139:16). So this part will be essential to teaching your child to think.
Memorizing and utilizing scripture in daily interactions with your children does two things.
Number one, it is imperative that we demonstrate that to our children that God’s word is good for reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
When things get heated and tempers flare, like in our morning routine mentioned earlier, I could have easily diffused the situation with a scripture. I could have used God’s word to pause and teach my child why it isn’t pleasing to God when we grumble and complain about what needs to be done in the morning routine.
The verses don’t only help my children though. That takes us to the second reason we should hide God’s word in our children’s hearts.
As I’ve implemented scripture into our morning I find it ministering to my own heart as well. Memorizing verses like Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turns away wrath” has stopped me dead in my tracks from screaming at my children which is often, embarrassingly enough my first natural response.
So to recap, the first thing hiding God’s word in our children’s heart does is show our children how the word of God applies to our everyday life to help us look more like Jesus. The final part of memorizing scripture is that it not only helps us correct our children, but it ministers to our hearts in the process. This is crucial because children model what we do more than they will ever model what we say. So when they see God’s word in action changing our hearts they will know it has the power to do the same in there lives too. They will follow our example and learning to think will come naturally when they know the words of the one who gave them their brain in the first place.
We spent last week talking and dialoguing now let’s add God’s word to our routines this week. Don’t forget we’re still to compound what we are learning. Continue focusing on talking to your children and not at them, but now add in God’s words. Ask them what they think the scriptures that you memorize means. Give them examples and ask them if they’re current decisions/actions are aligned with the scripture or if they’re missing the mark. Comment below with some verses you’ll be memorizing with your littles & share a victory from last week.