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I'm so excited to share this resource with you today! For awhile I'd been searching for a bible that gave clear direction in scripture reading...particularly one that was geared at training children in biblical principles. So, I was really excited when I came across the Child Training Bible for the first time. The ease of use and thoroughness is exactly what I'd been searching for!
What is it?
First, let me clarify what it's not. It's not a full on bible. I'd probably describe it more like a bible training kit for children. You get the cards and instructions to help you assemble this training kit into an existing bible. I actually love that you can use it with a bible of your choice because it gave us the opportunity to use our ICB Prayer Bibles!
How does it work?
First, you pick a bible of your choice. It says to use a 9" x 6" bible. Our Prayer Bibles aren't quite that big so the cards didn't fit but I didn't mind. I'll be making the kids a bible case so they can store their cards in the pocket and still use the Bible they love.
The assembly is really quick and simple. It didn't take me long at all to assemble my daughter's Child Training Bible. I worked on and had it completed in 2 evenings. As I mentioned, you get the cards that contain the assembly and how-to-use instructions.
To complete your Child Training Bible you'll need:
Topics covered in the Child Training Bible:
Each topic comes with a list of scriptures, heart questions, gospel questions, and a scripture based prayer.
You simply match up the tabs to the associated sin or behavior (i.e. yellow tab to anger etc.) on the page for each scripture provided. Then, highlight the scripture in the matching color. You'll do this for each scripture that's provided. For example, one of the scriptures for jealousy is Luke 12:15, 32-34. You open to the scripture in Luke, tab the page with a red post-it flag to line up with the red "Jealousy" tab on the card, and then highlight the scripture! I underlined the scripture with a red pen because I didn't have a red highlighter but you get the idea.
The tab reference cards come with a list of scriptures for the sinful behaviors on one side. On the other side, you have questions to access your child's heart in regards to their sin, gospel questions to direct your child's thoughts towards what scripture says about said sin, and a prayer to pray for your child.
Why we love it!
One thing I love about the Child Training Bible is that it addresses sin in a 3-fold approach. First, you examine where your child's heart is at by asking questions about their sinful behavior. Not in an "I'm condeming you" kind of way, but it encourages them to think about their behavior and to help them to see how the state of their heart played a factor into their actions.
Next, you'll take a look into scripture and see what Yah has to say about that particular sin. You'll look at the sin in contrast to Messiah's (Jesus') actions and Yah's love and provision. It allows them to see why the sin is unnecessary and gives them a living example of how they should be responding instead. You're then able to close out with prayer. Each sinful behavior comes with a prayer for you to pray for your child. It's short and sweet but can also offer you a nice starting point for prayer!
Another thing that I love about the Child Training Bible is that it has everything there and ready for you and your child in those moments when it turning to scripture may be more difficult...you know those moments when tensions are high and emotions are flying! Sometimes, turning to His word isn't always easy. Sometimes, it's easier to just react...#truth...
This is just one instance where the Child Training Bible can really be a helpful tool. It helps to free up that precious time you may otherwise spend fighting to find the words to direct your child in the way they should go. It essentially points the way for you.
Why you need it!
I'm always open with my children in those moments when I know I've sinned. So, especially in said moments, I'll go through the Child Training Bible with them (for myself) to show them that even mommies fall short of the glory of Yah. And just like them, I have to repent and turn from my sin.
I do highly recommend studying the sinful behaviors that are given and their associated scriptures outside of these high tension moments. In other words, don't wait until they're needed. I believe they retain the information better when the environment is calm and emotions are all stablized! So, when these high tension situations do occur, it's more so a reminder.
Also, I would suggest emphasizing the need for repentance when discussing sin with your children. Repentance, turning away from sin, or having a change of heart and mind in regards to sin is an important piece when it comes to seeking forgiveness!
I'm so grateful to have the Child Training Bible in our home. It has been such a blessing and a pivitol tool in our charge to train up our children in the way they should go. I knew I had to share it with you guys because it's made that big of an impact in our home!
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Until next time, Be encouraged!
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Hi there! My name is Brittany..help meet to T.J. and mom to 5 little blessings. My passion lies in helping other women to see their value through the eyes of their creator. Be Encouraged...YOU are a Good Thing!