Video Bible Devotionals for Kids

Moses instructs the Israelites in Deuteronomy 6 to teach their children God’s word. Specifically, he tells them “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk to them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” (Deut. 6:7)

I would add to that…and when you eat breakfast.

At our house, school mornings are a tough time to have Bible time with the family. However, just as I insist that my children start the day with a nutritious breakfast, I want them to start the day with something nutritious for their souls as well.

Since we don’t all ride to school together anymore, our old way of reading the Bible on the way to school is out. After trying several different things, we have found that a morning video Bible devotional works great.

I make these myself, and each one is only about 5 minutes long. We watch one each morning as the kids are all finishing up breakfast. Since there are images to focus on, the kids can follow it even if they’re not fully awake. It has worked really well for us this school year, so I’m passing these along in case anyone else can use a little more Bible in their family’s life.

These are definitely not professional. I make them with my children in mind, so they are usually things I think they will find interesting or things that they just need. There’s a good dose of 1&2 Corinthians in there as we’re currently studying those books for Bible bowl in Lads to Leaders.

You can find them on the menu under Kid’s Bible Study or by clicking here.

“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16


Bible Study with Kids: Esther

We’ve been studying the book of Esther with our children for the past six months as part of getting ready for Bible Bowl at Lads to Leaders convention this year. We have read through and discussed the book three times. Each of my children could tell you the story with all of its gory details, but we were still getting confused with all of the names and dates. This weekend we decided to come up with a visual way to review the book that you might find helpful as well.

WHEN-WHAT-WHO BOARDS

We decided it would help to be able to see everything at once. Each child picked out a piece of poster board. (Their favorite colors, of course!) We made three headings across the top: WHEN – WHAT – WHO. For each chapter, we would identify when the chapter took place, what happened in that chapter, and who the main characters were. Esther has only 10 chapters, so they drew 10 rows under the headings, one for each chapter. You may notice in the pictures some rows were drawn more precisely than others!

Each child had the choice to draw or write out what happened. (This led to some interesting pictures.) Under the “WHO” section, they
could add character details as needed. So, each child’s poster board was as unique as the child who created it.

Creating these was fun. It was interesting to see all of the names on the same page, and to notice that sometimes years passed from one chapter to the next. We found it to be a great way to get a better picture of the book of Esther. If you’re looking for a different way to study the book of Esther, I recommend giving this a try.
It’s good for us grown-ups, too!

 

 

 


Bible Study with Kids: Job

The book of Job? You have got to be kidding me.

That’s what I thought when I heard our Bible Bowl topics for Lads to Leaders convention this upcoming year.  We will be studying the books of Ruth, Esther, and Job with our children – from now until April 15.

The book of Job would not have been my first choice of study topics with my children, but that’s one of the great things about Lads to Leaders. It makes me dive in, study, and think about something that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. So, since we would be studying these books, I wanted to make the most of it. I don’t want us to just read and memorize. I want us to understand what we’re reading.

I believe that we do better, especially the kids, when we can put a picture with what we’re studying. I could find study material that did that for the books of Ruth and Esther, but not for Job. For Job, all of the kids’ study material I found covered the beginning and end of Job’s story, but skipped all the chapters in the middle. So, we decided to create our own.

Here it is: Job for Kids by Kids.pdf

It’s a PDF file with a one-page worksheet for each chapter.

Chapter 18 page

Chapter 18 page

Making this workbook was a summer project for my family. I’m so proud of my kids for sticking with this. We  sat down and looked at one chapter each day, talked about what was being said in that chapter, and came up with a worksheet to help other kids gain an understanding.

Chapter 9 page

Chapter 9 page

My oldest daughter even created the image of Job that you see because we couldn’t find anything that was Biblically accurate to use (you know – shaved head, wearing sackcloth!).

So, if you’re in the same boat that we’re in, studying the book of Job, feel free to use these worksheets to help you study. If I could have found something like this, I wouldn’t have felt the need to create one myself!

However, like any challenge, my family all grew and learned so much from tackling this. I’m thankful for my kids and their enthusiasm for our summer project.

Kids summer 2016I pray that you and your family will enjoy it and grow together as well.

 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord–that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. James 5:11