What’s Next

Many of you know that last year we had an audacious goal of reading the entire Bible chronologically as a family.

It was a challenging, but great experience – much like hiking up to this spot.

We’ve been wondering what to do next.  After all, would they remember any of what we read? Especially since some of them apparently can’t seem to remember their coat (to be fair we all have forgetfulness problems – don’t worry Dad handed over his coat right after the pic).

So on Good Friday, we decided that we’d start memorizing stuff as a family… starting with the first chapter of James.  That chapter is full of stuff that I think is helpful in my life.

So far the memorization is going well.  Anabelle was practicing in the car the other week. “Consider it pure joy my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

I stopped her. “Do you know what that means?”

She scrunched up her face, deep in thought, then in a PERFECT Ron Weasley accent said, “You’re going to suffer, but you’re going to be happy about it.”

(Can you name which Harry Potter book/movie?)

It took me awhile to stop laughing before I could explain that it’s not exactly what the verse means.  First stop was giving her the definition of perseverance.  Then explaining that  “I’ve never been happy about trials in my life, but with the right attitude I can be thankful that I’m developing perseverance and that I’m not alone while going through it.”

There was a lot more discussion but it made me think we’ll have a lot more questions about what they’re memorizing than when they were reading the whole Bible. We’ll see.

Do you do anything faith-related as a family? I’d love to hear about it!

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5 comments to What’s Next

  • Elisa | blissfulE

    This is so great! My husband is reading a chronological Bible to our kids each evening (they are into Joshua now). Every morning we read a brief devotional (we finished going through the Shorter Catechism recently and are now doing a nature-based devotional) and work on memorising a Psalm by reading the whole thing aloud twice each morning for a month.

    Have you listened to Seeds CDs? They are a favourite here for memorising Scripture in the car.

  • maryanne @ mama smiles

    That is so cool that you read the entire Bible in one year! I don’t think I’ve ever read it in less than two years! I also really like Elisa’s idea of reading it chronologically.

  • Magsfield

    My mom taught our family John 3:16 with scripture cookies. A bite of (hopefully salmonella-free) cookie dough with every phrase memorized. Even as a 3-year old, the prospect of cookie dough was VERY MOTIVATING. And 23 years later I know “that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” That was fun.

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