Wednesday, August 03, 2005

A Minute Here, A Minute There

The other day I was thinking that if you read one short Bible story every night before bed (or a couple verses from Psalms or Proverbs if it's late) you've openned the scriptures with your child 352 times in one year. If you pray a "Thank you, Lord" each time you share a meal or snack (take 6 x 352 per year) . . . If you pray a short prayer for healing or blessing every time a child gets hurt or pray about a worry or a concern ... If you take a moment to thank the Lord for special things or for safety when someone almost got hurt ... If you take an awe-filled moment to notice something beautiful or amazing that God did...

Each of those moments is a building block in a child's life. Not complicated. You don't need any special resources or materials. The layers of understanding grow as a child grows but you're laying foundations and every year you keep building and growing...It's time with you (someone they love) You're teaching/training them to interact with Someone you love and who loves you and who loves them. You're growing habits.

I'm not sure that a weekly program works like that.

(c) 2005 Margie Hillenbrand

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