If you are looking for some family-friendly media for the kids in your life, the “What’s in the Bible?” series is a great choice. After creating VeggieTales, Phil Vischer wanted to create something that would help kids and their families really understand the Bible and how each story fits together. It is very well done and does not stretch or downplay the truths of Scripture. Instead Vischer uses creativity, humour, and a cast of puppets and songs to present God’s Word in an engaging and interactive way.
For younger ones, I would start with “What’s in the Bible: The Songs!” which you can get on DVD or CD. Each song presents a portion of the Bible in a fun way that younger children will enjoy and sing along with. It’s amazing how much of an overview it gives us as adults too—I’d like to say it’s a refresher course for me but let’s be honest—I still have yet to sing through all the kings of Judah. Check out this series here:
This article was sent to me by a dear friend of mine. A “Titus 2 older woman” who I look up to and value greatly (I will write much more on my heart for Titus 2 in future posts).
Christina Fox writes about resisting the temptation to read and learn only about practical solutions to our immediate challenges of motherhood. Rather, she challenges moms to recognize the value and importance of knowing and studying God. Once we prioritize this we can apply these truths to our daily joys and challenges.
Here is a link to the article at DesiringGod.org, an excellent site for theologically sound resources.
One of my favourite books for Moms and Moms-to-be is Kimm Crandall’s Christ in the Chaos: How the Gospel Changes Motherhood. What I love about this book is that it does not give a bunch of ideas on how to be a better mom or do more things for your family. Rather, Crandall shifts our attention to the amazing grace and truth of the gospel. She challenges us to consider our eternal identity in Christ above our temporary roles as mothers. Through personal testimony and humor, Crandall reminds us that no matter how much success or failure we experience in motherhood, there is absolutely nothing we can add to the finished work of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Once we can embrace this truth daily and hourly, we will experience great freedom to enjoy our calling to motherhood in every season of life.
It is amazing what children and youth retain and repeat. They are like little sponges soaking up the world all around them, digesting the things they see and hear. Do you think about the lyrics you sing at church, listen to on the radio, or hear out in public? Are they promoting the things of God that are pure, excellent, and worthy of praise? Or are they neutral, self-focused, or in complete opposition to the truths of Scripture? Seeds Family Worship is a ministry that is devoted to helping families experience God’s word through music. They have taken Bible verses and put them to music that is fun and enjoyable to listen to for family members of all ages. It is a great way to memorize Scripture, to get your family thinking about it, and to help transform even the most mundane tasks into worship. Music has a way of “getting stuck” in our heads…may we be women who actively think about the lyrics we are hearing. Let us seek to provide our families with opportunities to worship, develop a discerning ear, and have a few kitchen dance parties in the process!