I knew from the moment I found out we were going to have a baby that I wanted to teach our children about God.
The problem was I had only been a Christian for 3 ½ years, and my love for the Lord far exceeded my knowledge of the Bible.
I had never taught anyone about Jesus.
I was just learning how to read the Bible for myself.
And, to be honest, it was quite intimidating and overwhelming during those early years.
I often wondered,
How am I going to share stories from the Bible with my children when I don’t even know what the stories are?
That’s when I decided to just start reading children’s Bible storybooks. (I guess you could say it was like the CliffsNotes® of the Bible.) Because of my degree in elementary education, reading children’s books felt natural. Children’s literature had always been a favorite, so I didn’t mind at all spending my time looking at pictures and reading shorter versions of much more complicated stories. Before long, I was well acquainted with Noah, Moses, Esther and King David. I knew Jesus had twelve special friends called the disciples and Paul traveled – A LOT! The best part was my kids were hearing these stories from me!
The books we read together were written for children, but in my world, they were written for me. Because of them, my kids can now look back over their childhood and remember their mom talking to them about Jesus on a daily basis. I guess you could say my first Bible was children’s books. Without them, I’m not sure I would have ever had the confidence to get started.
Now, here I am, nineteen years later, and I’ve read the Bible cover to cover multiple times. I’ve even read one Bible for each of my three kids and made notes in the margins for them. Even though I’ve graduated from children’s Bible storybooks, they will always have a special place in my heart. So much so that I’ve written two of my own:
With Easter quickly approaching, I want you to think about something with me.
Imagine the toddlers and preschoolers in your church hearing the beautiful story of Easter for the first time – not from the church – but from mom or dad. Rather than hearing this amazing story of love once a year on a special day, they can crawl up in their parent’s lap and hear it as often as they want.
There is power in the moments shared between a parent and child. So why not give moms and dads resources that help them share God’s true stories with their children in a memorable, easy to understand way again and again and again? We could help parents become their child’s first memory of hearing God’s story of love for them. Wow! What a gift – for both the parent and their child!
Yes, children’s books are for children, but they can be so much more. They can be a resource in the hand of a parent that helps them become a spiritual hero in the life of their child. And take from me, it is an awesome feeling – one I wouldn’t trade for anything!
You can get copies of The Easter Story to share with your parents on the Orange Store. Bulk pricing is available.