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  • Top 10 Biblical Resources for Kids

    Type in “kids bibles” on Amazon and prepare to weed through over 20,000 results! If you’re anything like me, that’s a bit overwhelming. And if you’re a review reader (also me!) finding the right Biblical resources for your little ones might take a minute. Parents often ask me if there are certain discipleship materials I would recommend based on their child’s age and turns out, after eleven years of intentionally training my kids in the Word, I just so happen to have a go-to list of must-haves.  Here are my Top 10 Biblical Resources for kids in no particular order. 

    1. The Jesus Storybook Bible

    Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones

    Okay, maybe in particular order. The Jesus Storybook Bible is my favorite children’s Bible ever. I have read it through countless times over the years, but the way each story circles back around to my Jesus never gets old. Anytime I get this storybook Bible out all three of my kids, ages 11, 8, and 5 gather round to listen. And they know there’s a pretty good chance I’ll be teary-eyed by the end of whatever story we are reading. You can’t help but feel the love of God as you read about His great rescue plan. Sally writes in the introduction, “There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.” We love finding Jesus on every page- the missing piece that makes the stories of Noah, Moses, David, Esther, Joseph, and Abraham all fit together. Every home needs this Bible. 

    2. The Dig

    Written by Patrick Schwenk

    My 11-year-old son has learned so much going through The Dig workbook on the book of Proverbs. One of the greatest joys as a mother is walking by his bedroom at night and seeing him sprawled out on his bed with his Bible open, his workbook out, and him furiously writing whatever truth he’s just uncovered while studying the word.  The Dig series is perfect for kids who are ready to move from a storybook Bible to an actual Bible but need a roadmap to help them retain what they are reading so they can apply what they are reading. My son does the lesson on his own and then comes and talks to me about what he learned when he’s finished, but this is an excellent workbook for kids and parents to do together.

    3. Indescribable: 100 Devotionals About God & Science

    Written by Louie Giglio

    My 8-year-old daughter’s favorite subject in school is science, so I knew as soon as I came across this devotional she had to have it. She’s the type that would get frustrated with a 365 day dated devotional- too structured.  She wants the freedom to flip to day 95 if the illustration looks exciting even if it’s day 2.  We enjoy the interesting science facts (my mind is continually being blown) and how Louie beautifully threads simple truths from God’s Word into each devotion. God’s fingerprints are all over this world, and this book has made them more visible to my daughter. 

    4. Baby’s Hug-A-Bible

    Written by Sally Lloyd Jones

    I mean, it’s a Bible your baby can hug. How sweet is that? I didn’t have this Bible when my children were babies, but that’s only because I didn’t know it existed. I did, however, purchase a baby Bible that was softer with rounded corners and slobber proof pages for our firstborn and it lasted through all three. I began reading stories to them from that Bible when they were just weeks old, and by the time they could sit up and hold that Bible, we had daily Bible times. I’d let them pat it, hold it, hug it, and chew all over it.  They were itty-bitty, but they knew “Bible,” and they knew that in our family, we love our “Bibles.” If you have a child under the age of one, are expecting, or know someone who is, invest in a precious Hug-A-Bible and begin planting seeds in those little fertile hearts. 

    5. My Kid’s Prayer Journal

    100 Days of Prayer & Praise

    Jesus said there is no need for us to repeat empty phrases when we pray. I love this resource because it promotes intentional prayer, not to mention, the cover is adorable and therefore super attractive to my daughters. They want to open it up and write to God about the things they are thankful for and the things they need help with. This sweet, simple journal with extra wide-ruled spacing is the perfect way to help children develop a daily habit of sharing their heart with God in engaged conversation. Kids are capable of more than “God is great, God is good. Let us thank him for this food” type of repetitions. Also, what a precious keepsake- there’s nothing like going back through old prayer journals and feasting on God’s faithfulness. 

    6. Discipleship On The Go

    Written by Sarah Blount

    One of my favorite places for discipleship moments is in the car; so I developed this product for busy families who want to thread Jesus into everyday occasions like driving to school or football practice. Each deck contains 36 cards (one for every week of the school year!) with a Bible verse and two questions designed to initiate meaningful conversations between parents and children. My kids love the doodles, and the cards are sized perfectly for their little hands.  I can’t help but rejoice as I watch the scriptures move from their head to their heart as they not only memorize the verses on the cards but began to understand and apply them!

    7. The One Year Devotions For Boys

    By Tyndale

    Our 11-year-old son likes to start his day by reading this devotional. The stories really resonate with him, and the devotions are well written and focused, which makes it easy for him to grab hold of the central truth. I love the short and sweet format- each writing only takes him about 5 minutes to read through. He always remembers what he read- and unlike my middle daughter, he enjoys the structure of the calendared reading plan. Each devotion ends with a “How About You” section with questions that prompt the readers to think through how what they just read applies to them. It’s truly amazing what only 5 minutes in the word each day can do for our spiritual growth!

    8. Little Praise Party

    By Yancy and Friends

    I remember playing Yancy and Friends CDs for my kids when they were just days old. The happy songs created an atmosphere of joy and peace in our home, which made being a stay at home mom such a pleasure! The simple yet profound lyrics were the soundtrack of my kids lives all the way up through kindergarten. Music is a powerful teaching tool and Little Praise Party helped teach my kids foundations like, Jesus is their friend, God is good, they are loved, and the Bible is FUN. Every parent knows that little ears are always listening and I can’t think of a better thing for them to hear than songs about The Kingdom!

    9. The Unofficial Holy Bible for Minecrafters 

    Written by Christopher Miko & Garrett Romines

    A few years ago we stopped in Barnes & Noble to browse around and discovered The Unofficial Holy Bible for Minecrafters. Someone had left it lying open on the ground, and my oldest kids who were eight and six-year-olds at the time were immediately drawn to it. I don’t think they had even played Minecraft at that point, but knew of it through friends at school. I am a sucker for books, and my kids know it, so after about 10 minutes of flipping through the pages together, they asked if I would buy it for them and I did. My son has read it cover to cover over and over and over again. I, of course, purchased the Old Testament for him the next time we were there and he’s read that one cover to cover over and over and over again as well. He enjoys the humor, the artwork, and reading stories that some of his previous picture Bibles did not include. I will always be a fan of this Bible because it sparked a new interest in God’s Word in my children.

    10. Shine A Light

    By Ken Blount

    One of a parent’s most important jobs is helping their kids discover they were created on purpose for a purpose. Jesus said that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world and if we can get our children to understand that and walk in it from an early age, they will begin to see the world and their place in it through a Biblical lens. I love all the songs on this album that is geared toward elementary-aged students because the lyrics answer the age-old question, what am I here for? “I’m making the most of this day. I’m standing for what is true, the light that I have will glorify and point the world to you!” What a powerful song to get stuck in your child’s head as they head out the door for school.  All three of my kids know almost every word to every song on Shine A Light, and it makes my mom heart very happy to hear them singing such powerful declarations over their life.

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  • Are your Kids Sick of Each Other?

    The dog days of summer are upon us. Bedtimes are irrelevant. Kitchen counters are slightly sticky due to left behind snippets of Freezer Pop wrappers. Freckles are in full bloom. The cicadas serenade us with their song as we enjoy our evening strolls. And three digit temperatures are as typical as siblings fighting with one another. You can safely predict every day for the rest of the summer- it’s going to be ridiculously hot, and your kids are going to get under each other’s skin, which will inevitably get under your skin.

    When children are spending the majority of the day with their siblings someone is going to get left out, ideas are going to be rejected, nerves are going to be got on, toys are going to be fought over, wills are going to be strong, and voices are going to be heard. 

    Let’s be real. No parent enjoys listening to their children fight or spending the majority of their day refereeing. It’s as exhausting as a day at the water park.  But this is just part of summer, right? We can endure six more weeks of tattling, crying, and being snappy at our kids because they are being snappy with each other, right? Sure. We can grin and bear it OR we can make a slight adjustment that has the power to change the course of the summer. I don’t know about you, but I’d love to head into the school year on a high-note, wishing summer didn’t fly by so fast. 

    Now, about this slight adjustment. It has to do with our motives. A few weeks ago, all three of my kids burst into my bedroom to tell me how frustrated they were with one another. Feelings were hurt, tears were flowing, and I felt like I was putting out the same fire I put out yesterday, and the day before, and the day before the day before. For some reason forcing apologies and telling them to be nice for the umpteenth time wasn’t working. Sigh. As I exasperatedly built a case for why they had to get along, the Holy Spirit took over. The next thing I knew, I had my Bible out on the bed, searching through the gospels for the great and supreme commandment. My motive for desiring them to get along shifted. It went from not wanting them to be an annoyance to me to wanting them to do what was right in the sight of God. 

    Matthew 22:38-39 You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

    My husband had them read it and pointed out that it was printed in red ink, meaning Jesus spoke those words while he was still on the earth. They know this verse, and for the most part, they are pretty good at loving their neighbor. I have witnessed how sweet they are to their friends at school or church- their cousins or kids they’ve never met before at the park, but somewhere along the line they unconsciously decided that the word “neighbor” doesn’t apply to siblings. 

    Neighbor means someone close by. When you’re growing up, there’s no one closer by than your siblings. They share a roof with you and in our daughters’ case, a room! We explained to our kids that Jesus commanded, not suggested, but commanded them to love each other as they love themselves or as the amplified version says it, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others.

    We reread the verse, but swapped out a word; “Love your siblings as yourself.” We talked about what that looked like practically and gave them a chance to communicate their frustrations with one another. They quickly recognized that refusing to lower the basketball goal so little sister could shoot for a bit was not loving their sibling as they love their self. Or that continuing to draw with sidewalk chalk under the basketball goal when older bother is trying to play was not loving their sibling as they love their self. I could see light bulbs turning on and hearts shifting. We ended the discussion by asking them to share a few things they admire about one another. It was the sweetest thing. They were not only reminded of their value but also how blessed they are to have such amazing siblings. 

    I haven’t had to put a fire out since that night. The entire atmosphere of our home changed. Like drastically changed. Like, “Babe, are you seeing this?”, kind of a change. Defenses are down, and patience is up. Instead of asking them to get along, I have to ask them to quiet down because they are playing together and playing together LOUDLY.  But I’ll take that over bickering any day. They haven’t been perfect, but when I see them drift a little, I simply ask them, “Are you loving your sibling as you love yourself?” And the Holy Spirit does the rest.

    I know this seems almost TOO easy, but I encourage you to try it.  I believe our kids can see through our motives.  And when they see that we’re only motivated to get them to be kind to each other, so they don’t bother us, that doesn’t inspire them. But, if they see that we’re motivated to get them to be kind to each other because we desire to see them walk in the good plans that God has for them, they rise to the occasion. 

    A Kingdom perspective makes everything better. Now go and thoroughly enjoy those kids and the second half of summer!