I could read!
Not long after that, my mother took me to the children’s library in our town to get my very own library card.
From then on I read nearly nonstop. Cereal boxes at the breakfast table. My Brownie and Girl Scout handbooks. “Dear Abby” in the newspaper. Stacks and stacks of library books. But my childhood love of reading didn’t translate into a love of reading the Bible until many years later.
I’m not sure why. The Bible seemed mysterious. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Why didn’t that shepherd guy (there was always a picture of King David as a young shepherd) want the Lord?
Although I had a children’s Bible, no one opened it up with me and said, “Let’s get to know God better.” I’m not faulting anyone. We all do the best we can at the time. My parents took me to church every week. I had dedicated Sunday school teachers. I went to VBS. I heard the stories. I sang in the choir. God managed to get hold of my heart somehow. But I wasn’t firmly rooted. Not for a long time. I needed to know the word of God.
Are you a parent, grandparent, or child care provider? A favorite aunt? An amazing array of Bible storybooks and children’s Bibles awaits you in bookstores and online. In my next posts, I’ll provide some guidelines for choosing the right ones for the children in your life and some tips for using them.
You can read to your children directly from a full-text Bible as well. Have you ever wondered if that can work? Would it hold their interest? Can they understand it? What do you do about the parts that need censoring for a few more years? (The Bible is anything but candy coated!) Here’s a link to an article with fascinating insights to those questions: http://www.truewoman.com/?id=845
Until next time, I pray for all our beloved children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, to understand clearly that God’s words are the path to knowing him and the path to life. It’s never too late to read the Bible, and it’s never too early to start.
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