One of my favorite times of the day is Family Bible Time. Family Bible Time is a time that the five of us come together and have a dedicated time set apart to study the Bible together, pray together, and talk about eternity together as a family.
Last night we were all scattered around our L-shaped couch with our Bibles out, and I couldn’t help but think about how blessed I am and how much I have loved our Family Bible Time (FBT) moments. What a blessing it is to spend this time with our children every night, and I am so thankful for the openness it brings.
As a mom, I couldn’t help but think back through the years about how Family Bible Time has changed. When they were smaller, we would act out Bible accounts or use Legos or things we had around the house so that they could tell the story back to us.
While our children were small, consistency was key. We often found ourselves in a tight spot and didn’t want to miss Family Bible Time. That meant that we had FBT in the car on the way home from baseball or soccer practice if we were getting home late. Sometimes FBT was singing or watching an episode of Digger Doug and having a discussion afterwards to reinforce concepts. Yet another tool we used was Bible Stories from a Rocking Chair by Dorothy Sain, which a sweet friend suggested.
At four years old, my son Collin had a very intelligent conversation with graduates of Georgia Tech, many of who believed in evolution. He was able to tell them about The Law of Biogenesis and why he didn’t believe in The Big Bang Theory using a handful of toy cars from his pockets. (Thank you Apologetics Press and Digger Doug!) He told a group of grown men that if he pretended to hit the toys with a big baseball bat that it wouldn’t create anything, but cause chaos instead. No perfect design would come from that chaos.
As Collin was explaining why he didn’t agree with this theory, I couldn’t help but think back to an hour before, where he was playing third baseman in a Tee-ball baseball game. I had noticed that his pockets seemed large as he was standing on his base playing defense, and as I hugged him after the game, he confessed that he had his toy cars in his pockets the entire time. I remember telling him that he wasn’t supposed to take his cars with him on the field, to which he said, “you never know when I will need them, mom”. Then, just hours later, he used those same cars as a visual aide to a group of adults. Some of those adults may have dismissed what he had to say. It may have been too simple for them. But, if you really think about his little analogy, it’s easy to understand. He was able to easily understand that from watching Digger Doug and put it into a real life application for himself. That Digger Doug video for FBT is just another tool that we use to lay up our heavenly treasures.
Family Bible Time has changed over the years depending on what season of life we are in. When we first started organized FBT, the most important thing was that we just got started. As our children grew, we strove to be intentional, and as a result, our Bible studies grew in depth, and we began to focus FBT around family and personal spiritual growth.
How we are able to execute FBT looks different in our current season of life as well. It could be a night of singing. It could be a game night with Bible trivia. It could be something kind of humorous or something very deep and serious. While we are far from perfect parents or perfect people, the most important thing is that we are consistent and establish a routine.
I love to see and hear what other families do for FBT. I see pictures and posts from friends on Facebook, and I can’t help but miss the days that I see friends in, especially with littles! They serve as such sweet reminders to myself and my husband. While I sure do miss those days (that went by way too fast), I am reminded to enjoy the time I have now, because I know that they are still going by just as fast!
The season of life that I am in now with Family Bible Time is one where my kids are asking important questions about eternity that strengthen their own faith. I cherish it, because I know that this time is so very vital to their spiritual growth.
When we finish up our Family Bible Time, my husband always asks our children routine questions and then prays. One thing that we always pray for is our children’s future, specifically their future mates. What parent doesn’t love their children enough to pray that they marry a faithful Christian and live a faithful Christian life?
I am praying that there are families out there tonight who are having Family Bible Time, and specifically, I pray that the future mates of my children are. I pray that they are being raised in like-minded ways to love the Lord their God with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength. I pray that their future spouses truly value the importance of studying His word and do so on a regular basis. FBT and praying with your family are important, and I’m praying for the next generation of the church to develop a faithfulness to God’s Word. As the family unit is under attack in today’s society, I pray that we continue to study together as a family and teach our children to continue these important study times with their own children one day.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deuteronomy 6:5-7)
Apologetics Press http://apologeticspress.org
Bible Stories from a Rocking Chair, by Dorothy Sain https://sainpublications.com/product/bible-stories-from-a-rocking-chair/
Digger Doug Videos http://apologeticspress.org/MediaSearch.aspx?search=A.P.%20Staff
We are excited to announce we will have Family Bible Time resources available on our website soon! Stay tuned!