19 Ways To Make The Bible Fun For Kids

19 Ways To Make The Bible Fun For Kids

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I’m guilty. At times, I’ve let learning the Bible with my kids slide in our home. But, there are ways to make the Bible fun for kids and to get them excited about God and His Word!

The Word of God should be of utmost importance in our families.

But how often do we take time to intentionally and purposefully be students of the Word? Do we dive into the Bible with our kids? Or make learning about God a real thing?

We are blessed with so many great resources to help our children engage with the Word in a fun and practical way.

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Fostering a love for God in our children

God is not just Someone we learn about on Sundays; He wants a relationship with us AND our children every day, all day.

As parents, WE are responsible for cultivating and fostering in our children a love for God.

But, at times, we don’t know what to do to help our children learn about God.

Some of us have had experiences where learning about God is dry and boring. Or we’ve grown up in a religious home where our life is about works and our salvation is constantly on the line. Maybe you’ve just never grown up in a loving Christian home, and have no idea where to start helping your children learn about God.

Whatever your reason is or experience, you have a choice you can make today for the sake of your family. You get to bring light (the Word of God) into your home.

So where do you start?

Below are some ways to make the Bible fun for kids with a variety of engaging tools and resources.

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19 Ways to Make the Bible Fun for Kids

1. Bible journaling

2. Watch a Bible story on RightNow Media

3. Read out of an easy-to-read Adventure Bible

4. Bible story discussion prompts

5. Scripture writing

6. Sing Bible songs. Include actions if possible to help retain memory.

7. Narrate the Bible story to a friend

8. Memorize scripture

9. Activities and crafts

10. Games

11. Coloring books

12. Do a daily devotion

13. Bible app for kids

14. Act out the Bible story

15. Rewards/incentives for completing a scripture reading, memory verse, etc.

16. Bible reading plan

17. Pray out loud and/or write in a prayer journal

18. Bible study for kids

19. Object lessons

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As parents, we cultivate and foster in our children what we want them to know, love, believe and value about God, family, themselves, church, and the world around them.

Our investment in our children is crucial and a matter of their destiny.

Among these ways to make the Bible fun for kids, which ones will you implement (or have you implemented) in your home? Share with me in the comments below.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

Love God and Love People + FREE 30-Day Love Challenge

Love God and Love People + FREE 30-Day Love Challenge

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The foundation and motivation for anything and everything we do as children of God is based on love. A short way of looking at it is to love God and love people.

So what is love?

There are four different types of love in the Bible and the one we’re looking at is agape love. Agape love is the highest form of love; it’s selfless, sacrificial, and unconditional. It’s more than a feeling that affects our emotions; it’s active and it demonstrates itself through actions.
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Two new commandments

Jesus shares two commandments in the New Testament where all the laws in the Old Testament are fulfilled. And those two laws are found in Matthew 22:37-40, which says,
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
From this scripture, we need to know where love stems from and why we CAN love our neighbor.

God is love

God doesn’t have love; He IS love. 1 John 4:16 says,
And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
The very essence of love stems out of who God is. And not only that, if love is unconditional, selfless and is revealed through action, God truly showed us how much He loves us. He gave His very best, His one and only Son (John 3:16) so that we could have a relationship with Him through the Holy Spirit.  
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Loving God

To love God, is to recognize who He is in our lives, and that without Him we are nothing.

As we devote and surrender ourselves to God in meditating on the Word, prayer, worship, praise, we are opening our heart to Him. We want His very nature to penetrate into every fibre of our being so that we are children who are led by Him.

When we love someone, our heart and affection is turned toward them. We can use words that are said or written that express our love to God. But, the ultimate way we show God that we love Him is by doing what He says and loving others.

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 1 John 4:20

So then the question is, how do we love people?

Loving People

It can be easier to love people that you connect with, are friends with or are really close to.

But, Jesus doesn’t want us to just focus on those that are easy to love; He wants us to love those we don’t know, the ones who are hurting and sad, who are in need, and even the unlovable – those that may not have treated you right.

1 John 4:7-8 says,

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

If we can view every person on this earth as someone created by God (because they are), we are choosing to see others through the lens of love.

But if the lens we are carrying about ourselves is distorted, we will pick up that same lens when we look at others and view them the same way.

 

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Loving ourselves

If we are to love others as ourselves, loving ourselves doesn’t have to do with finding 5 things about yourself that you like and then doing the same for another person. To love yourself has everything to do with looking at the One who created you and seeing the value that you have because you are here on this earth. You are born for such a time as this and there is no one like you. You are uniquely created with a purpose, calling and destiny to be fulfilled impacting the earth with heaven.

Putting it together

Now, the ability to love others should be seen with the same lenses that you look through when you look at yourself. When we view others as insignificant, we’re really saying that we view ourselves as insignificant. If we don’t value who we are in God, we’ll never value another person, because just like us, they are also made in the image of God.

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Is loving ourselves always easy? Or, is loving others always easy? Nope, it’s not!

But, it’s a beautiful thing when you can look past imperfections and insecurities and choose to look through the lens of Love, the One who made you. Then, we all are significant and beautiful no matter how messy our lives are.

Nobody loses when we choose to love each other.

How do you keep your mindset in a frame to love God and love people? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

Why Kids Should Memorize Scripture

Why Kids Should Memorize Scripture

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We might know that the Word of God is important to have in our hearts and on our lips. But find out why kids should memorize scripture and how it’s a matter of their destiny!

  • Isn’t reading the Bible enough?
  • Why is it important to memorize scripture?
  • Wouldn’t we just be going through the motions by memorizing scripture?

If you’ve felt this way about all these questions, don’t worry, I have, too.

We Are Created With Purpose

Our God is purposeful. We are all on assignment here at this very time.

We each have a destiny and calling to be fulfilled in our lives.

We aren’t designed to be on this earth just to maintain our salvation and go to heaven; we are to impact the earth with heaven’s ways, changing the atmosphere wherever we go, and hearing what Holy Spirit says to us not only to change our lives but others around us.

The Enemy Wants To Stop Your Children

We have an adversary, Satan, that doesn’t want to see us or our children fulfill their destiny.

His main purpose is to steal, kill and destroy according to John 10:10.

And how Satan accomplishes his purpose is by seeking whom he may devour with fiery darts. (1 Peter 5:8 and Ephesians 6:16)

 

Find out why kids should memorize scripture

How Do We Combat The Enemy’s Fiery Darts?

Let’s look at the life of Jesus as our example in order to combat the fiery darts of the enemy.

In Matthew 4, the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Here, Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days.

You can imagine that after 40 days, anyone is hungry, thirsty and tired, including Jesus.

So we must know this… the enemy will come at our weakest moments – when we’re tired, frustrated, hurt, angry, stressed, anxious, afraid, weak, hungry, thirsty, lacking self-confidence, etc.

Looking at Jesus’ response to the enemy’s three questions, you’ll find that Jesus responds to the enemy with, “It is written…” followed by a scripture. (Matthew 4:3-11)

So what was Jesus weapon against the fiery darts of the enemy?

THE WORD OF GOD! 

Hebrews 4:12 says,

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (NKJV‬‬)

When it comes to fulfilling our God-given purpose and assignment in God, the Word of God is our highest priority in combating the evil one.

Deuteronomy 30:14 says,

“But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.” (NKJV)

Why Kids Should Memorize Scripture

Knowing that the enemy’s fiery darts (when they come), can be distinguished when we respond with the Word of God, is enough to think that this is why kids should memorize scripture.

It’s important to also teach our children that the Word of God is not just something to be memorized, but believed, breathed and lived.

What the Word of God Does

The Word of God does amazing things within us and when we spend time with God in the Word, speaking it, memorizing it and meditating on it, you’ll find the Word is:

  • Proven (2 Samuel 22:31, Psalm 18:30)
  • Heals us (Psalm 107:20, Matthew 8:8)
  • Cleanses us (Psalm 119:9)
  • Helps us to stay away from sin (Psalm 119:11)
  • Revives us (Psalm 119:25)
  • Strengthens us (Psalm 119:28)
  • Forever settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89)
  • Better than honey (Psalm 119:103)
  • Trustworthy (Psalm 119:42)
  • Life-giving (Psalm 119:50)
  • A light to our path (Psalm 119:105)
  • Hope (Psalm 119:114)
  • Life (Psalm 119:116)
  • Light and understanding (Psalm 119:130)
  • Pure (Psalm 119:140)
  • Truth (Psalm 119:160, John 17:17)
  • A treasure (Psalm 119:162)
  • Deliverance (Psalm 119:170)
  • Helps us find good (Proverbs 16:20)
  • Nourishes us (Jeremiah 15:16)
  • A sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17)
  • Discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
  • Saving our souls (James 1:21)

As parents, we are training up our children in the way they should go. And knowing that the enemy is always ready to steal, kill and destroy the destiny within us and our children, we have an absolute important duty: we are to impart, share and teach our children that the Word of God is their lifeline and absolutely necessary for them to live.

So Where Do We Start?

There are so many great ways to digest the Word of God helping our children to memorize it, including:

  1. Praying the Word together
  2. Reading Bible stories (for young kids) or kids starting to read
  3. Reading a devotional
  4. Memorizing particular scriptures
  5. Doing a Bible study
  6. Singing praise and worship songs
  7. Bible coloring books
  8. Scripture copywriting
  9. Bible journaling

God Is In Every Sphere Of Our Lives

Teaching our children the spiritual disciplines of life, such as prayer, reading their Bibles, memorizing scripture, fasting, etc. is important, but we need to remember that discipling our children is not separate to living life.

God is in every sphere of our lives – there is no separation between devotional time, and cleaning, or homeschool and prayer.

EVERY part is in God and of God, and He is in all things. So helping our children see that nothing is separate from the other cultivates a lifestyle of faith as children of God.

I’d love to hear from you…

What are some ways you help your children to memorize scripture? Share with me in the comments below.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

How to Start Your New Year Right

How to Start Your New Year Right

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A new year is truly a new season that God brings us. And what we do with that new season is just as important. So, let’s look at how to start your new year right and enter this new season.

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven… Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV

God knows infinitely more than we do; He is Creator and without Him there would be nothing.

He knows the end from the beginning. So to get the heart and mind of God for our lives in the season we’re in, is significant so that we can continue living purposeful, intentional, power-filled, full lives.

The Lord Has Good Plans For You

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

Here are some promises you can be certain of from God:

  • The Lord makes all things work together for good. (Romans 8:28)
  • What the enemy intends for evil in your life, God meant for good. (Genesis 50:20)
  • We cannot do anything without the power of the Holy Spirit working in us and through us. (John 15:5)
  • For all the promises of God are yes and amen! (2 Corinthians 1:20)
  • Every good gift and every perfect gift is from God. (James 1:17)
  • We are to fill the earth with His glory by living our lives fully for the Lord, hearing what He says and doing it. (John 17:20-23) 
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Embrace The Season

With the confidence in the Lord concerning His promises, we know that whatever season we’re in, it’s is not meant to last.

Seasons in our lives change constantly. 

Not every season is easy, and not every season is hard. Just as sure as we can be that winter turns to spring, spring to summer, summer to autumn and autumn to winter, what we’re facing is always temporary and meant to change.

And the season you’re in right now is not only about you; it’s about what God wants to do in you, so that He can reach others through you.

God sees so much more than you do about your life and how you’re to impact others through the season you’re going through. So, moving forward in your season, whether it’s easy or not is for your growth, for the glory of God to be seen, and your testimony as a witness of God’s goodness.

Consider embracing the season you’re in. 

By recognizing the season, you choose to change or at the very least know that things are going to change. You choose to move forward in your life by embracing the season.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9 NKJV

It’s Time For Transformation

We become like what and whom we surround ourselves with.

Everything around us, including social media, friendships, relationships, media, government, education and those you follow, are all forms of influence.

Whatever or whomever you allow to speak into your life is feeding your mind. So it’s crucial to protect yourself from being influenced, and instead be an influencer for Christ.

So what we need to do is change the way we think.

God’s ways are so much higher than our ways. By having a relationship with Him, it’s about becoming conformed to the image of Christ and our the renewal of our minds is where it starts!

How we do renew our minds?

By digesting, meditating and speaking the Word of God!

Romans 12:2 TPT says,

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.

How to Start Your New Year Right

IDENTIFY, ACKNOWLODGE, CHANGE

A new year brings about a desire to change things in our lives and resolve to create goals and achieve them.

Let’s go through a process of self-examination through identifying what in our lives needs to change, acknowledging that change is needed, and finally, making and seeing the change.

ACTION STEP #1 – IDENTIFY

Examine your life in the areas below and identify how you’re doing. By doing this, you’re empowering yourself to start the new year right!

  • How do you spend your time?
  • Whom do you spend your time with?
  • How are you doing in your health in these areas:
    • Mentally
    • Emotionally
    • Physically
    • Relationally
    • Financially
  • Am I being fully present and engaging mindfully in all that I do?
  • How am I moving from information and inspiration to application and transformation?
  • What new goals do I desire to see in my life?

ACTION STEP #2 – ACKNOWLEDGE

So now that you’ve identified how you’re doing in the areas above, acknowledge what you need to change and that you need to change.

Acknowledgement is important. Without recognizing that these areas need your work and attention, you’re denying yourself God’s empowerment to change these areas.

God’s grace is sufficient for change. But, if we don’t want to change and see that it’s necessary, the enemy would love nothing more than for you to stay the same.

Be honest with yourself this area; it’s important!

ACTION STEP #3 – CHANGE

With the areas you’ve looked at above, fill in these statements.

  • I need to stop spending my time ________________ and start spending my time ________________ .
  • The people that I need to spend less time with are ________________ . The people that I need to be spending more time with are ________________ .
  • For the sake of my:
    • mental health, I need to stop ________________ and start ________________ .
    • emotional health, I need to stop ________________ and start ________________ .
    • physical health, I need to stop ________________ and start ________________ .
    • relational health, I need to stop ________________ and start ________________ .
    • financial health, I need to stop ________________ and start ________________ .
  • In order to be fully present and engaging mindfully, I need to stop ________________ and start ________________ .
  • I’ve taken in a lot of information and inspiration in these areas ________________ and now I will apply what I’ve learned so that I experience transformation in these areas ________________ .
  • I desire to see these new goals in my life ________________ .

 

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Be Doers, Not Hearers Only

To see the results of the change you are hungry for in your life means you’re acknowledging that you need to change, identifying the steps to change it, and putting in the work which is the most challenging part.

We often lack consistency, dedication, self-discipline and self-control when it comes to putting in the work.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22 NKJV

We deceive ourselves and deny ourselves change when we don’t follow through with it. And we have a habit of making ourselves feel bad, wrong and guilty for it.

But God is so much greater than our insufficiencies.

He is faithful when we bring our challenges before Him. He knows that our pursuit is His pursuit, especially when we’re living set apart for Him, and the changes we want to see are positive for our lives and others.

I encourage you to spend devoted time in prayer, fasting and journaling this new year.

God will speak to your heart as you hunger and thirst after Him. And then rest in who God is by trusting in Him.

You can’t control the outcomes, but you can do what you know to do and God does the rest. His grace fills the gaps, because God can do things that you can’t.

Respond to the Word of Truth, allow it to change and transform you, and see what God will do. This is truly how you start the new year right.

Take the 30-Day “Renewing My Mind” Bible Scripture Challenge below. Refresh yourself concerning the very nature and character of God!

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How are you starting the new year right? Let me know in the comments below.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

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Nativity Bible Study for Kids

Nativity Bible Study for Kids

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Christmas is really such a special time of family, friends, food and gifts. But the true meaning of Christmas is found in teaching our children about the birth of Jesus.

Nativity Bible Study for Kids

Light some candles, bring out a snack and come together as a family to listen to the story of Jesus’ birth.

It all began with the prophecies of Jesus’ birth then Mary having a powerful encounter with the angel, Gabriel. Then Joseph had a dream where an angel spoke to him about the Christ-child, and finally Jesus’ birth and all those who went to see him.

The Nativity Bible Study for Kids is more than just a story about a baby being born. It’s about helping your kids to see how God uses unlikely people and situations, the power of the Holy Spirit, and what Jesus’ birth represents for us today – Immanuel, “God with Us”. 

Printable Nativity Bible Study for Kids for ages 5-11 in11

What the printable Nativity Bible Study for Kids includes:

  • Recommended ages: 5-11
  • BIG idea to focus on the main point of the Bible story / topic studied
    Bible story study
  • Discussion questions as it applies to the Bible story
  • Definition copywork
  • Discussion prompts applying the Bible story to everyday life.
  • Scripture memory work
  • Crossword
  • Colouring page

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How are you being intentional in sharing the story of Jesus’ birth with your kids and what it means in our lives today? Share with me below.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

Scriptures for Encouragement + FREE 30-Day Scripture Challenge Pack

Scriptures for Encouragement + FREE 30-Day Scripture Challenge Pack

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We all experience challenges in our life and the Bible is the perfect resources as our scriptures for encouragement.

Fill our hearts, renewing our minds and speaking the Word of God stirs with us faith, the promises of God, strength by the power of the Holy Spirit and so much more!

In fact, this is what Hebrews 4:12 says,

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

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Filling Our Hearts

Our hearts are a very sensitive place where we hide God’s Word.

Out of our hearts also flows everything we are whether good or evil. It’s essential then that we protect our hearts.

How do we protect our hearts?

We protect our hearts by being mindful of what we choose to allow our eyes to see and our ears to hear.

Everything around us can affect us, so guarding and protecting your heart from what could penetrate it is of highest priority.

In Proverbs 4:23 in The Passion Translation it says,

So above all, guard the affections of your heart, for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life.

The Word is also something we can hide in our heart.

Our loving Father allows us the choice of what we fill our hearts with and we can either choose to pursue the Lord and His ways or the ways of this world.

For your heart will always pursue what you value as your treasure. Matthew 6:21 TPT

 

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45 NKJV

Transforming Your Mind

Renewing our minds is a process of setting or fixing our mind and thinking on things that are from God. As we do this, we start to become who God says we can be.

We are to also be the salt and the light of the world by thinking differently, acting differently and speaking different. By having scriptures for encouragement, we can constantly examine if we’re staying true to the Word.

If we’re no different than the world then we’ve conformed and lost our flavour.

The environments around us can change us if we’re not perceptive and watchful of what’s going on around us. What we allow in our minds can conform us to this world and the way it operates.

Transformation is a continual process and not something that happens overnight.

Romans 12:2 TPT says,

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.

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Speaking the Word

We need to intentionally meditate on the Word so that that is what comes out of our mouth.

Joshua 1:8 NKJV says,

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

To meditate means to: moan, growl, utter, muse, mutter, meditate, devise, plot and speak (source).

We are to literally utter, mutter and speak the Word of God.

It’s not to just speak words either for the sake of saying them. It’s that we’re to say these words to hear them, and when we hear them it’s affecting our heart and the way we think.

Just as food is fuel and nourishment to our bodies, the Word of God fuels our spirit and the way we think allowing our words to change.

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What are some scriptures for encouragement that are your go-to?

Let me know in the comments below!

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

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