“Where’s the Bible?” Contest Winners

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On Friday, March 15 we announced our first Friday contest. We asked our readers to send us a short testimony from your church, classroom, or home that would encourage others to make the Bible “front and center” in their teaching. Congratulations to Necia, Gloria, and Beatriz. Here are some excerpts from their entries:

Necia—Even though I teach children from 4 to 6 years old who, for the most part, cannot read, we always open the Bible and read from it for our lesson. When the focus is on a narrative passage, it can be a number of verses, or even a chapter. One mom reported back to me that at a family gathering a relative read a Bible story book to her son. Later, he told his mom, “I like it better when my teacher reads to me from the real Bible!” Nothing could warm my heart more!

Gloria—I started to have devotions with my 4-year-old daughter…I would read her a Bible story each time from her children’s Bible and ended the devotion with Bible verse memorization. I used the Foundation Verses Pack and helped her to memorize about a verse each week. Up to now, she has memorized about 27 Bible verses, which is very encouraging to my husband and me. I have heard comments from others that children at this age are too young to remember Bible verses, but that’s not the case from our experience. Sometimes we would hear her say some of the verses while she is on the potty. I pray that those verses would not just be in her head but in her heart to become an anchor for her soul.

Beatriz—My eldest son is just shy of 2 years old. Several months ago we started memorizing a verse per month. We actually use the CDG nursery curriculum verses. He can’t even properly talk, but he has memorized three verses thus far. We added hand motions to the verses to help him (and me) memorize. We just pray that as our sons become familiar with and saturated with Scripture that God would use that to soften their hearts and make them “wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” Initially I was worried that he might be too young to start something like this, but was amazed at how much he could retain even at this young age. I would encourage any parent to start introducing Bible verses to their kids as early as possible…for it is the power to save.

Thank you for encouraging us with your testimonies! Enjoy your free copy of the ESV Children’s Bible!

Looking for a great resource to encourage older children to “get into” the Bible at home? Check out the Discover 4 Yourself® Inductive Bible Studies for Kids(by Kay Arthur and others).

Reminder: If you haven’t already done so, check out last Friday’s contest and submit your entries by this Wednesday, March 27, at 11:59pm.

Thank you to Vincent Van Gogh for quickly whipping up a painting of the Bible, and to eye2eye on flickr.

Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Children Desiring God.

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