As promised, the resources here are teacher-approved and will breathe life into the hearts of both you and your littles. Each one is created to fit perfectly into the things you do already: dinner, driving, and bedtime routines. Real relief. So take a breath and use what best fits your family. Because this legacy we’re cultivating requires more than an hour with a Sunday school teacher. You are tailor-made for this, momma. It’s the absolute icing on the cake. And yes, it can be just as sweet.
The first two resources are children’s books. And I don’t give a recommendation easily. My son is a teen now, and his favorite book for years made this short list of two. The other is the Bible I bought for my daughter after extensive searching. Both of these children’s Bibles will release new freedom to storytime.
The See With Me Bible is a picture-only book. Which means you are the narrator. This was freedom for me. There wasn’t a children’s Bible that really ‘fit’ my son. I couldn’t find one that would connect or hold his interest. Being able to tell him the stories using my own words proved to be the right choice.
Just this year he was the only one in his public school class to know the story of the Tower of Babel. And he gave his social studies teacher some additional information regarding slavery in ancient Egypt. Stories stick. And if he picked a story I didn’t know well enough to tell on-the-spot, I had my own Bible handy. I could skim a story in the time he looked at a few pictures. If I had my own questions and curiosity beckoned, I’d dig a little more after settling into my own bed for the night.
Before Genesis even starts in the Jesus Storybook Bible, Sally writes what the Bible is not. It’s not a book of rules or heroes. “It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne – everything – to rescue the one he loves.” Thank you Sally for shaking off the dust that reeks of Pharisees. Yes, there are life-giving rules. And the heroes? A bix mix of good and bad, just like the stuff within us. And now hope shines just a little brighter.
Our second great resource is our dinner table questions. Print ’em out, fold ‘em up, and put ‘em in a bowl. You can download them here: Table Questions
If I didn’t pick one quick enough, my son made sure we didn’t forget. We deepened our bonds and understandings of each other, God, and life without spending a single extra second of our time. Occasionally you’ll need a napkin for milk shot from noses. Tell me you don’t want a dose of that at the end of your work day.
And momma, please add your own as you feel inspired. You know your family best.
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