Parenting is hard.
It doesn’t matter if you are or aren’t a Christian.
It’s just HARD.
It’s a 24/7 job full of worry, failure, and mistakes.
Thankfully, it is also full of fun and blessings as well!
As a Christian, I take my job as a parent very seriously (not implying at ALL that those who are not believers do not take their job seriously). I have these three little lives in my care. It is my responsibility to care for them and train them to follow the Lord in spite of my sins and shortcomings.
That’s a BIG job.
With my three being so close in age with just 19 months between each of them, life has pretty much been all about diapers and food. Survival mode. I am still lucky if I get 3 hours of sleep in a row each night.
Something has been lacking.
We’ve tried to teach them about Jesus. We go to church each Sunday that they are healthy enough. We read books about Jesus and about Bible stories. We pray together each night. We talk about Jesus during the day.
Something was still missing.
We were working on head knowledge of Christ. Teaching the stories. Oferlooking the relationship. I thought my boys were just too young to understand that.
I was wrong.
There was a sale just before Easter for a childrens Bible. I was hesitant to get it since we already had a few and the kids were less than interested in them. I decided to get it anyway since the price was so good and my friends had a lot of good things to say.
Changed. My. World.
I got them the Jesus Storybook Bible.
Every story brings in the connection with Christ – old or new testament. My 4yo begs me to read it each night. When the story is over, he begs to continue. As I read, his eyes are wide open like saucers. His interest has been caught. Mesmerized by JESUS.
Some of my friends were concerned with the content of the stories. There are some liberties taken. Each story in the Bible doesn’t clearly state how it points to Christ, yet each story in THIS bible states clearly what Christ has done for us.
I’ll admit it. I’ve had to stop reading at times. I get choked up. The way the connection is so clearly made overwhelms me. I am seeing Christ in a whole new light.
Help your children meet Jesus each day. Get them the Jesus Storybook Bible. It is a POWERFUL tool. If you are concerned with the liberties, take the time to show them the story in the Bible. Show where the liberties were taken.
If this book doesn’t appeal to you, no problem. Use what works for you! I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Do you have this Bible?
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