“Write them on the doorframes of your house. Also write them on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:9
We all know that in order to know God’s law and promises that we have to read His holy word. That’s not the problem. The problem is remembering it all. With hundreds of promises and verses of encouragement in the Bible, how are we supposed to stuff that into our already crowded brains?
I had heard in my early days of walking with Christ that it helps to write Bible verses on sticky notes and put them in the bathroom. I gave that a try, but I found that the bathroom was too small of a room to remember all that I wanted to remember. So I expanded out into the kitchen. Now there are notes stuck on all the cabinets. Then I put more on the interior garage door, in the boys’ bathroom, and in their rooms. Not to mention their lunchboxes.
My husband didn’t like having sticky notes all over the place too much, so I had to ask him if he had any other ideas because God commands us to remember His laws. After all, Deuteronomy 6:6-9 tells us (got your sticky note ready?),
“The commandments I give you today must be in your hearts. Make sure your children learn them. Talk about them when you are at home. Talk about them when you walk along the road. Speak about them when you go to bed. And speak about them when you get up. Write them down and tie them on your hands as a reminder. Also tie them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your house. Also write them on your gates.”
In these verses we are told to pray often, talk about God with each other, and write God’s law down everywhere you can. This where the sticky note idea comes in and it’s a pretty good solution most of the time. I also like the idea of Bible verse jewelry too (who knew God was so fashionable?), but I can’t imagine how to tie a verse onto my forehead. If you figure it out, let me know.
I have found that having Bible verses posted all around the house helped me to not only remember them, but to also strengthen my faith when I go through trials. I also use them to send encouragement to others. It’s a handy reference guide!
It’s Hard for a Kid to Remember God Sometimes
Grown-ups and today’s kids are very different. They see the world in an entirely different way than us. They’re constantly being bombarded with homework, sports, dance, scouts, friends, culture, you name it. So we have to catch our kids wherever we can.
Since sticky notes can’t be everywhere and can sometimes be considered old-fashioned by today’s youth, we have to come up with new ideas of how to place God’s word in our children’s hearts in a way that they like and can relate. Here are four ideas that might help you reach your child. Choose the one that fits your child’s age,
- Art Easels- Our house is small, so we don’t have a separate playroom. That means all toys and art supplies are in one great room. It can get a bit cluttered, but it also mean that our art easel is right in the room with us all the time. This is number one place I write down verses for the boys to learn. I try to make them line up with what we’re reading in their nightly devotional, but even if I can’t, I write something that’s easy to remember that might help them get through their days.
- Wall Art- I put up a few relatively inexpensive pieces of wall art that has Bible verses or messages on it. We have ones with 1 Corinthians 13:4 on it (“Love is patient, love is kind…”), Psalm 100:1 (“Shout to the Lord with joy in all the earth”), and ones that tell about how we have eternal life in Jesus. And there are a few I made myself and framed. If you’re crafty enough you can make something quite decorative while you lead your children.
- Social Media- The power of social media is explosive. Why not use it to share the Gospel? From Instagram to Snap Chat to Twitter, you can send a verse every now and again to your child’s phone so that they are always reminded of God’s love.
- Technology- Now that technology has so rapidly progressed, I find that there are even more options to try to put God’s words into my heart as well as into my family’s. There are lots of apps with a Verse of the Day that gets delivered right to your phone’s home screen (or your child’s home screen). You can also set up a screen saver on yours or their computer, or even set your phone’s ringtone to play a snippet of your favorite Christian music so every time your phone rings your child will be reminded of God and our call to worship Him.
In today’s society, there are so many ways that we can reach on children (and ourselves) right where they are if we just make the effort. And when they hear God’s word repeated enough they will begin to know it like the back of their hand. Wasn’t that the whole idea of Deuteronomy 6?
Use What You Have to Help You Remember
Don’t let your belief that you’re not creative enough keep you from teaching God’s word to your children. By using whatever you have around the house or technology you’re already using every day already your entire family will be able to easily remember what God has to say about His great love for you. And that’s so important during those time when we really need to lean on God and feel His strength and encouragement whether we are together or separated from our kids for a while.
The world is spinning so fast. Your kids should have God’s word in their hearts to keep up with it. I believe they’re worth it, don’t you?
And if all else fails, a good sticky note can’t hurt.
What methods do you use to teach your kids God’s word at home? I’d love to hear from you and gain some new ideas we can all share.
“Train up a child in the way he should go. When he is old, he will not turn away from it.” Proverbs 22:6