Friday, August 29, 2014

Knowing Jesus

As a believer and Christ follower, it is so important to me that Ford doesn't just know about Jesus. I want him to know Jesus. Personally, in his heart, and as a teacher, friend, brother, confidant, and savior. Since 1 year olds aren't known to be the best listeners and rule followers, we have to get creative with how we teach him about Jesus. We decided that from the day he was born, we wanted to immerse Ford in the word and share the gospel with him! It would be so easy to say, "let's wait until he can listen and actually understand what we are saying" but kids are a lot smarter than you think. Ford now clasps his hands together to pray with us before dinner. Melt.

Ford is very into books right now and can usually last through about 5 pages before closing it and crawling onto the next thing. We've been reading The Treasury of Bible Stories by Kelly Pulley to him in the mornings and he loves it! The book is made up of 20 beautifully illustrated stories of the bible (based on certain chapters and parables). Each story is just a few pages long and Ford is entranced by the pictures and colors....and mommy's fine singing voice. The stories rhyme which is fun because I like to sing stories to him for added laughs. 







One of my nightly prayers for Ford is that he is kind and loving. I want my son to care for the widow and orphans and stand up for the little guy. I want him to love others because Jesus loved us first. It's important that Ford sees stories in the bible where brave, powerful, and courageous people still needed God. I want Ford to know God is so much bigger than giants, whales, and lions. And that God is so much bigger than the devil. I want Ford to know the power and the beauty of the cross and want to live in community with other believers. I want so much for my little boy but there is only so much I can do as his earthly mother. Praise God that He is our creator, Father, and ultimate protector. I know it is not my job to save my son but I sure do enjoy teaching him about the love of Jesus Christ.

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31 comments:

Laura A said...

I sing hymns to my lo each night at bedtime, and we have a great cd of scripture lullabies too.

Keags said...

We are not good at this yet, but we are intentional about portraying the right behaviors.

Sara Hinton said...

Since Baby Hinton is still in the womb and I have an hour long drive to work in the morning, we listened to KSBJ in the mornings and I sing all of my favorite worship songs to him/her! :)

Sara Hinton said...

Listen* :)

tbmccranie said...

My son Teddy is 3.5 weeks old and I pray over him nightly and sing him songs I learned as a child :)

lovejoy_31 said...

We read her bible every night and sing praise songs on the way to daycare in the morning. She is VERY open about her faith. She just spoke up at Church on Sunday and said that she was thankful that God died for us. It was so sweel.

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Emily said...

Love This! Lilly's favorite books are these flip books we picked up at a Christian Bookstore, we have 4 of them and she asks us to read one to her every single day. I love it! We also pray with her daily at meals and before bed-those quiet moments before bed each night are some of my very favorite!

Rachel said...

From a young age, I can totally remember my parents reading us Bible stories, singing hymns, and talking about Jesus whenever they could. I may not have realized it then, but they planted that seed in my heart and I've been learning ever since! I love that you're doing this for sweet Ford!

Hilary said...

This is great! My little one is a few months younger than Ford and every night we read a few books to her and end with a book from a baby Bible story book and close with prayers. So sweet!

Lindsay Ropella said...

Beautifully said! I don't have children yet, but my husband and I often talk about how we want to share Jesus with our kids. Like you said, I don't want them just to be taught Jesus but to befriend Jesus. I can't imagine that's a super easy task with a 1 year old, but I love how you are doing it in this stage of Ford's life! Thanks so much for sharing!

Amanda said...

I don't have children, but being as we are to our nieces who lost their father in March, we've stepped up majorly in teaching them to know Jesus and love Jesus. Helen will sing to them and Raelyn now sings little hymns with her. We bought them a book called "Jesus Storybook Bible" and wrote inside the cover that we would always be there to guide them and show them how much He loves them always. I hope we can win this new book to give to Helen! :)

Jessica Rhea said...

Luke is only 3.5 months old but he comes to church every Sunday. Every night I sing him a lullaby and then pray out loud for him and sign the cross on his chest when I'm finished. Whenever he is fussy or we're having a hard day, we put on worship music and dance around singing praises to the Lord. I also read the bible to him and he loves it! We started with John because it is my favorite gospel to continually read and he smiles the whole time, like he knows how special the Word is.

ash & diz said...

I bought a kid's bible story book at Costco for our little Ford for his Easter basket and we try to read stories nightly. I need to be better about going to church with him though. Wish I had a ministry like you have. :)

Melanie Agler said...

Every night we read a couple stories from the veggies tales 365 nightly devo for boys. They are nice and short and meaningful. Good for short attention spans! Then we do one story from the veggies tales bible story book. They are fun and contemporary stories that the boys like to listen to. :) We worked them into our nightly routine and now we all love reading them!

Karla Czerwinski said...

Perfect timing. I love this! I was googling bible books for babies last night. My first baby is due in December and I want the same things for my little guy! Right now, I sing him songs and pray for him daily.

Rebekah @ Living && Learning said...

We read Bible stories at night (getting her to sit through them is a trick right now though) and sing hymns and praise songs throughout the day. Recently we've started singing the books of the Bible when we sing through her ABCs. It seems that she really likes the repetition. Oh & regular church attendance! I want her to have her own community of believers as she grows up!

LolaFL said...

My 8 month old just started Sunday school! We don't have a baby bible yet, so this would be perfect!!

host said...

I read to my 8 months old baby girl a children's Bible and pray for her every evening.

Nicole M. Hutchison said...

Ohhhh these pictures are precious, Ruthie! Ford is a blessed child o have parents who prioritize faith and a relationship with Jesus. If I do nothing else as a mother, it will be to teach Kamden about Jesus and encourage him to have a relationship with his Savior.

I'm sure you've heard of The Storybook Bible, it is absolutely precious. The illustrations are AMAZING and definitely eye-catching to Kamden. I started reading it to him right after he was born and continue to read stories now.

Danielle Warren said...

My husband and I love singing primary songs to our little one. It comes her down when her daddy sings certain songs. We have family prayer every night (even when someone is fuzzy). I am doing better about reading scriptures to her too. When I feed her in the morning, I read where I'm at out loud. At night, I try to read to her from her book. When she's not too tired, she loves it!
Thank you! Thank you for our honest post about God. I follow some blogs of women I know to be Christian, but never see it. Makes me want to be better at showing who I am, a daughter of God!

TheHappyTeacher MomBlog said...

We pray with our son before going to bed and for our food. We always talk about God, Jesus and Sunday school at church helps him a lot too. We use "The Beginners Bible for Toddlers". It is great to start soon with Ford :)

Sharon Edge said...

I try to find ways to mention Jesus in lots of conversations. And recently I had an intense conversation about why Jesus had to die on the cross. A five year old asking intelligent questions and me trying to give her answers she understands. Sweet times!

Megan C said...

While I was pregnant with Seth, my husband would read a baby bible to him. Now we read a chapter out of another baby bible to him as part of his nighttime routine. I need to be better about nighttime prayers though, I definitely want to start that. How did you teach Ford to clasp his hands like that?

Kate said...

I started singing my girls Jesus Loves Me from the womb (just as my mama did for me!) and as Claire grows older, we insert things into our every day talk. Get a boo boo? Jesus heals. Scary monsters? Jesus protects.

Jennifer said...

We have daily prayers that we share with our two and nine year old & attending church. Such a fun giveaway!

Kristy said...

My baby is only 5 months so I haven't been doing much yet. But it's time to change that!

Audrianna Curlee said...

My LO is only 2 months old but since the day she was born we say our prayers together. I teach her to begin prayer and how to pray. Without even thinking I immediately started humming (cause I have a awful singing voice.ha)Jesus Loves Me and somehow Silent Night gets thrown in there too. Jesus Loves Me is our favorite! And of course she has a million books with bible stories we picked up from the dollar store that we read :)

Garren and Larissa Allred said...

I love this :) Part of our nightly routine with Blair (since she was in the womb) is to read one of our books about Jesus, sing a couple of hymns and then pray together. We also go to church each Sunday and have a family night with a gospel lesson each Monday. I cherish these moments with my family.

Bridget said...

This is so great Ruthie!!! I would love this book for Turner. We pray with Turner every night before bed. We also pray before dinner. He also clasps his hands when I say it's time to pray before we eat. It's seriously the cutest thing! Turner also tries really hard to say AMEN. We have a few prayer books that we read to him on a daily basis.

Tiffany said...

A book we started using at dinner-time about a month ago as we began to get back into a school routine is Adventures in Odyssey Whit's End Mealtime Devotions: 90 Faith-Building Ideas your Kids Will Eat Up! by John Avery Whittaker... sometimes it's great fun to our five-year-old, sometimes not-- but it has been a blessing to watch her understand new things about Jesus and His Father God. ~ (Pretty sure I found this book via Justanightowl.com.~)

Skylar Southall said...

We attend church weekly and pray together as a family. <3

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