Bible Time for little ones

I received the following question from a reader:

I just started “Bible time” with my oldest (she is a toddler), meaning that I ask her to quietly sit in a spot at home with her Bible storybook and have time with God. I know she cannot comprehend much, but she is learning Scripture as we teach, and she knows she can pray to God anytime. I’m so excited about teaching her this wonderful time of her day! I’m getting her a little “lap desk” of her own and hope to get a special chair just for this time….Do you have any suggestions to things I can gradually incorporate into this time for her (and my other kids in the future)? She is a bit too young to get into audio stories, but any audio suggestions?

We are very leary of children’s “Bibles” and Bible story books, as so many have uninspired details added. I think when we teach our children that the Bible is the Perfect, Infallible, Inspired Word of God, we need to avoid any confusion in their young minds by adding the uninspired words of men. This is why we love the Children’s Bible by Golden Press. The illustrations are beautiful and reverent, and it includes far more than the standard 50-odd stories; I believe it has nearly every narrative portion of the Bible. The language is very faithful to the text of the scriptures, only slightly simplified. I encourage our little ones to peruse the book, and let them choose selections for me (or an older child) to read to them.

If you’re looking specifically for audio, you might want to take a look at Thy Word Creations. This is a set of word-for-word scripture memory songs sung by children, accompanied by books that illustrate the passage page by page. Selections include Isaiah 53, I Corinthians 13, Psalm 23, Psalm 91, Psalm 139, The Lord’s Prayer, The Beatitudes, The Ten Commandments, and The Temptations of Jesus.

I would also encourage you to let your daughter see you having your time with God while she does so. It’s a wonderful habit to start your day with scripture, but if our children are still asleep then seeing us spend time with God doesn’t become a normal part of their day. I fall terribly short, but I want my children to SEE me read my Bible daily. They learn so much by our example!

I would love to see others’ answers to the question above – please jump in if you have suggestions to share!

Comments

  1. My husband has just gone through several good books with my littles. He puts all of them to bed at night and does their Bible Time with them then. His favorite is Leading Little Ones to God. Also, anything by Kenneth Taylor is very good. He has one for older kids (8-12) called devotions For The Children’s Hour. Is is all of those theological questions that are sometimes hard to explain. It is wonderful! We also love the Steve Green tapes. They listen to them at night.

  2. You might already do this too, but my children love to snuggle on the couch as we read the word together (either in am. with me, or at night as a family.) And we love Steve Green’s “Hide em in your Heart” cd’s.

  3. Thank you so much for the post! I thought about that the other day — she will never see me spending time alone with God because she is asleep! Good point. I’m going to try to make that a regular habit. Thanks again and thanks to anyone willing to offer their suggestions.

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