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Why I read from the actual Bible to my children.

In the past, I read from storybook Bibles to my children. I did not think they were capable of understanding scripture and therefore would be turned away from His word if I read from the same Bible I use. However, what I discovered was they were definitely capable of delighting in God's word. Initially, I  wasn't quite sure where to start. I wanted a system of reading the Bible daily with my children that was as simple as reading a story from a storybook Bible. This is why I created 1914 Kids! The daily reading passages are related to the Bible story passage we read at the beginning of each week. The Bible story passage is broken up into four parts with a simple icon to anchor each pivotal point for greater understanding. 

Once I started with this system, I knew my daughter (5) would grow a deeper relationship with God. I was not, however, expecting my toddler to gain an interest and he totally did! If you are interested but not ready to purchase I encourage you to grab a free one-week sample to see if 1914 Kids works for you. Get your free sample here! 

The Bible is the greatest masterpiece ever written. It is the living word of God and when we read it we are opening our hearts and minds to His divine nature. It draws us closer to Him and makes us more Christ-like in our walk with Jesus.

As parents and ministers to our children we should be able to navigate God’s word with confidence knowing that they are a part of His kingdom. We should be training our children by raising them to follow God’s will instead of their own. Finally, we are to establish habits by teaching them diligently through our daily lives and leading by example on what it looks like to follow Jesus. Yet, the Bible is intimidating and difficult to understand especially when trying to navigate how to guide your children through it. The good news is you are not alone when ministering to your children! Through the Holy Spirit, God will guide you in understanding His word (James 1:5).

Before opening your Bible, always start with a prayer. It can be as simple as:

Heavenly Father,
Please reveal to me today what is needed to follow Your will. Give me wisdom to understand Your word.

While creating 1914 Kids I clung to three Bible verses. Matthew 19:14 (hints the name 1914 Kids), Proverbs 22:6, and Deuteronomy 6:7.

“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them for such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14, ESV

Do not hinder your children but rather invite them into fellowship through prayer and reading His word while teaching them to serve others generously. Storybook Bibles are often the choice of family devotions especially with younger children. However, opening up His word is a foundation to a lifetime of meditating on scripture. 1914 Kids gently guides families through God’s word all you need is this volume and a Bible. The summaries of the Biblical passages before each unit are for parent or teacher preparation.

“Train up a child the way he should go: And when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6, KJV

Establish good habits in following Jesus early on in life. Every morning, wake up to prayer. You may choose to teach your children the Lord’s Prayer. Establish and set aside time to read God’s word each day opening and closing in prayer. We cannot give our children faith in God, but we can establish habits so when they are older they will be more receptive to following Jesus.

"And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise..” Deuteronomy 6:7, ESV

We must be diligent in ministering to our children with consistency and guidance by the Holy Spirit. To do this we are to lead by example ensuring that each and every step we take in life shows glory to God. We will fail in our walks with Jesus and in those moments, we are able to show our children humility and repentance.