Guest post by Jessica, mother of two, who is joyfully serving alongside her husband as they minister as international church planters in Eastern Europe.
How Did We Start the Biblical Education of Our Young Children?
When my son was a year old, I felt very convicted that my husband and I were not fulfilling our biblical responsibility to be teaching him. We were sporadic in our Bible reading with him and we were not having any family devotionals or worship. I was working very hard with him on counting, the alphabet, and colors but I was not spending our days saturating him with the Word of God.
After talking with my husband and asking him to begin leading our family in regular worship, I began to research what my role in the biblical education of my children would be as a wife and mother.
To aid me, I tried to pick strategic friends that would encourage us in this area. We had growing relationships with families who were ahead of us in the raising of their children and we could learn from them. We had friendship with families who, like us, were trying to figure out what types of practices were good for teaching our children. We tried to absorb as much as possible from people who could teach us in this area.
We also read a lot of books and listened to a lot of sermons on the subject of family worship and the biblical education of children. Whenever possible, we would both read the book or listen to the sermon and then try to discuss it.
We built theological library for every member our family. By shopping the used books on Amazon, we found some great deals and began to develop a great collection of books and CDs on parenting, biblical manhood and womanhood, marriage, basic doctrine for children, devotionals and hymns, etc. I thought of it this way- if I was willing to spend money to buy resources to teach my children to read and write, how much more should I invest on books that point them to God?