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Parenting with Scripture
A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments
By Kara Durbin
Moody PublishersCopyright © 2001 Kara Durbin
All rights reserved.
WAYS TO USE THIS BOOK
This book is a ...
Reference for "teachable moments":
This book can serve as a launch pad for discussing topics related to situations your child tells you about or is dealing with, news reports, TV show scenarios ...
When a child asks, or when you wonder, "What does God say about ..."
When a child asks, "What does ___ mean?"
As an opening to help you find out what your child knows and does not know about each topic.
Topical devotional guide for your child or family.
Scripture reference for memory work:
It gives you and your child verses you can memorize that pertain to the situations you deal with most often.
Pick a verse a day and pray those words for yourself and your child.
Ask God to help you know how to best communicate and teach each topic to your child.
Ask God to help you set a good example in each area.
FEATURES AND SYMBOLS
Portions of Scripture in each topic are italicized to help parents of younger children quickly pull out the most concise and easily understood parts.
Small icons appear beside many Scripture passages and Scripture verse references in this book. These symbols are given to help you recognize that a Scripture is pulled from a one of several familiar and especially important Bible passages. The Scripture Appendix at the end of the book gives the complete passage.
* The Ten Commandments
* The Beatitudes
* The Love Chapter
* The Fruit of the Spirit
* The Armor of God
* Clothe Yourself with ...
* Add to Your Faith ...
Parenting with Scripture can be used for twos through teens. The verses and discussions can be geared toward what your child can understand, and the Take Action activities can be adapted to the child's age, interest, and ability. It is never too early or too late to begin instilling these principles in your child. Do not neglect your job as a teacher of these subjects.
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 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 6:6–7)
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
The exciting part about using this book is that you are teaching your child to think through the Scripture and apply it to his life. This process will give the Bible meaning and make the words real to him. Most importantly, you will instill in your child a habit of turning to the Scripture to answer questions so that it will serve as the guidebook for life.
The discussion questions in this book will make you and your child think. Unfortunately, thinking is not encouraged enough in today's society. However, if you want your child to base his life and decision making on a firm biblical foundation, you must prepare him by helping him think through each of these topics. For example, when a question refers to a Scripture, give the child a chance to think and answer before reading the Scripture. Then discuss and compare his answer with God's Word. Through these discussions, you will learn what your child knows about the topic, what he is struggling with, what he does not understand, and what needs to be reinforced.
The verses given are by no means an exhaustive list. The concordance and index to subjects found in the back of most Bibles are good resources for finding more verses on each topic. If you happen upon helpful verses that are not listed in the book, write them in for future reference.
Help your child look up the verses in his Bible instead of always reading them from this book. Remember, this is just a reference book. You want to do all you can to reinforce the Bible with your child. Working with your child to look up the verses helps him become more familiar and comfortable with the Bible. When your child is old enough, let him underline the verses in the Bible and write the topics beside them. As he runs across them when using his Bible, these notes will serve as a reminder that he is already familiar with those verses. Allowing your child to mark verses in his Bible gives him a sense of ownership and understanding of the Bible and the joy that comes with stumbling upon familiar passages.
May your child learn to love the Lord with all his heart, soul, and strength (Deuteronomy 6:5).
WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
A while back, my sister and I talked about a time when she caught her five-year-old son lying. She told him that he should always be honest, not only because she said so, but more importantly, because God said so. She then quoted a related Scripture to him and explained what it meant in reference to what he had done. I was amazed that she had the perfect verse ready to use in that teachable moment. I began to think through the different issues parents face with their children and questioned whether I knew verses for all the possible situations. This led me to an unsuccessful search for a topical Scripture reference for parents. Thus, in response to my own need and a desire to minister to other families, I began researching and writing. This book is a result of that study.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
Excerpted from Parenting with Scripture by Kara Durbin. Copyright © 2001 Kara Durbin. Excerpted by permission of Moody Publishers.
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