If your family is anything like ours, you know and can relate with the many demands on our time. We’re constantly being pulled in a thousand different directions. There are so many great things to do with our kids, but ultimately, we want to do the best things with our kids. It’s incredibly important to my husband and me that we take the time to really invest in their lives. This means we intentionally point back to our Creator and make Jesus famous to them every chance we get.
“Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:7
Since our time is precious, it’s important to us that we focus our energy using resources and materials that are filled with quality content that will help us lead our kids to Christ. This is why I put together a short list of the FREE tried and true faith-filled resources we keep going back to over and over again.
1. Keys for Kids: Every morning during breakfast, we sit down together and listen to our Keys for Kids Bible lesson. My children love it. There are new broadcasts every single day and each one lasts just a few minutes. This is a great way to start the day as it always gives us a jumping off point…a Bible verse to meditate on and a lesson to talk about. Many great conversations have started around our breakfast table because of the stories told by Uncle Charlie on Keys for Kids.
2. Focus on the Family: Kids of Integrity/Character Traits: This is one of those gems that I am so thankful for. I honestly couldn’t believe it is free. It is loaded with great lesson plans, activities, and encouragement for helping us develop our children’s character. There are twenty different traits in all, and I love the flexibility of these lessons.
3. Thriving Family Magazine: My whole family loves this free magazine as there is something for everyone in it. The articles are helpful and encouraging, and I always find great ideas for family devotions. My very favorite thing about Thriving Family is the totally free Christmas Advent calendar activity guide they come out with each year. It’s such a blessing to our entire family.
4. Joy Dare: Have you heard of Ann Voskamp of A Holy Experience? Well, she’s an incredibly gifted, real, and honest mom and wife who has answered the call to be used by God in amazing ways. I began taking her dare-challenge to find three Joys in each day this year and decided I just couldn’t keep this one to myself. My boys needed to join me. So each day, we look at our Joy Dare calendar and look for the three Joys Ann challenges each one of us to find. It’s been such a gift to do this with my kids, and they love it, too. Here is the January through October calendar and November and December as well. Don’t forget to print them out!
5. Random Acts of Kindness: Whenever we are able to focus on others and bless someone else’s life, it’s a given that we become less greedy, less self-centered, and more others-centered. It’s a beautiful thing and exactly what Jesus had in mind when He instructed us to be kind and loving to each other. To be intentional about this, we found and use several different resources, but two awesome lists of ways we can show kindness are put together by Kris Bales and Katherine Marie.
6. Object Lessons: Jesus used object lessons all the time. He knew that making a concept more tangible would help people better understand, remember, and believe the truth. Kids can understand concepts better when we add another layer to the lesson using everyday objects found in and around our home. Our favorite resources are: Mad About Jesus Laboratories, Everyday Object Lessons, Creative Bible Study, Creative Youth Ideas, and Sharon Ministries
7. S.O.A.P Method of studying Scripture: This has rapidly become my favorite way to do all of my Bible studies. It’s a method used to study Scripture so that you get more out of God’s Word. From the Good Morning Girls, here is the meaning of S.O.A.P.
What does S.O.A.P. mean?
S– The S stands for Scripture- you physically write out the Scripture……you’ll be amazed at what God will reveal to you just by taking the time to slow down and actually write out what you are reading!
O– The O stands for observation- what do you see in the verses that you’re reading? Who is the audience? Is there a repetition of words? What words stand out to you?
A– The A stands for Application- this is when God’s Word becomes personal. What is God saying to me today? How can I apply what I just read to my own personal life? What changes do I need to make? Is there an action that I need to take?
P– And finally P stands for Prayer. Pray God’s Word back to Him. If He has revealed something to you during this time in His Word, pray about it. Confess if He has revealed some sin that is in your life.
I am finding this to be a perfect way to begin teaching my children how to study God’s Word, too. Here are a few places for SOAP printables that will enhance your kids’ SOAP time with the Lord: from Smockity Frocks and Homeschool Creations.
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What resources do you go back to time and again to help you in your journey toward growing Godly kids?