Bible, just another subject?

March 27, 2008 at 09:53 pm 2 comments

I’ve been pondering of late whether Bible is sometimes seen as just another subject in a Christian homeschool. I’m not saying it is wrong to have a subject in “Bible” as you would math or language, but wouldn’t it be better if we actually lived in such a way that the Bible was lived out and talked about and taught as you go throughout the day?

The Bible says we should “teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”

It is so tempting to teach the Bible in the same manner as we would all the other subjects therefore possibly dumbing down the importance of God’s Word. “Whew! Got that subject out of the way now only 4 more to go…” I know, I’ve been guilty of it in the past.

The same can be said of so many parents when they drop their kids off for Sunday School. “They’re getting their Bible story for the week.” Don’t get me wrong I am not trying to say Sunday School is wrong, but does that make us feel less responsible to teach them through the week?

We’ve not used a standard Bible “curriculum” in a couple of years now. Here are just some of the ways that we incorporate the Bible into our daily lives.

1) Every child reads 2 chapters before they even get out of bed. This is not negotiable, no matter how busy we are or how late we get up. My husband and I are usually up before them and that is when we drink our coffee and read our Bible.

2) At breakfast each of the children take turns with their prayer lists. Our prayer lists consist of *Missionaries, *Miscelaneous needs, *A portion of Scripture we pray (Currently we’re praying Psalm 67. The added benefit of praying Scripture is that by the time you switch you have memorized that selection!), *Samaritan Ministries needs.

3) Before, during or after breakfast I read a Proverbs that corresponds with the day.

4) Currently we are reading a lesson each day out of Leading Little Ones to God. What a tremendous book! It is simple enough for our 6 yr old twins but keeps the interest of our 11 yr old.

5) They all memorize 1 verse a day and I just started the 2 older children in addition to the daily verse, memorizing  through the Psalms. They are finishing up Psalm 1. I’ll let you know how that goes. 🙂

6) I don’t want to forget church. They are in church every time the doors are open (and sometimes when they’re not 🙂 as their dad is the Pastor so they often go “visit” dad in his office). Not only are they in our church faithfully but we very often go to revivals and special meetings at other churches within a 2 hour radius of us. Our family has been tremendously blessed by the preaching we’ve heard over the last 2 years at special meetings.

7) My husband regularly brings a devotion during the evenings, sometimes it’s often a lesson relevant to what the family is going through or dealing with.

8 ) And finally, several nights of the week we are listening to a sermon on the radio via Sermon Audio, watching a sermon on DVD (currently we are watching Bro. Kent Hovind’s material’s see my link on Creation, Evolution and Dinosaurs) or listening to a sermon on CD. Doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, does it? O but it is…Our children are very eager to listen to preaching and enjoy it. For real! They have been conditioned from a very early age to love hearing God’s Word preached.

These are just somethoughts to ponder. Perhaps you’ve been guilty of looking at the Bible as just another subject in your homeschool. I encourage you to include the Bible in as many areas in your life as possible because only good can come from it.

God bless!

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  • 1. Rebecca Huff  |  March 28, 2008 at 07:46 pm

    Our family really enjoyed Hovind’s teachings. You can get a lot of them through google video, right on your computer. I like the idea of having the children read 2 chapters before they even get out of bed…what do you do about the little one though? Mine seems to get ME up, so that coffee time would not be happening. I think that would be a great way to have the children start the day, better than anything else. We have a 3×5 index card box that we keep our scriptures in and use the Charlotte Mason Scripture Memory System. We used to have prayer cards that we prayed over every meal, but we’ve gotten away from that…thanks for reminding me! What a great post!

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  • 2. amandasattitude  |  March 29, 2008 at 02:25 pm

    Thank you for the information on google video. I had no idea such a site existed! Have you been able to watch “How to make money and spend it God’s way”? We have it if your kids have not seen it. I’d be happy to loan it to you. Bro. Hovind has been a real blessing to us!

    Susannah is often asleep around 6 or 6:30 when I read my Bible and drink my coffee. Times she is not asleep, I do a couple of things, such as nurse her while I read (not a very quality devotional time but that is not often), she sometimes entertains herself in her exersaucer, and occasionally Bobby has been up for an hour doing his devotions so he takes her and walks around with her while I read.
    I am sure we will have to adjust as she gets older and crawling/walking. Perhaps one of the older children can entertain your toddler while you read for say 30 min…?
    Thanks for the comment!

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