Bed Time

Deuteronomy 6:4-9, “Hear, O Israel:The LORD our God, the LORD is one.Love the LORD your God with all yourheart and with all your soul and with allyour strength. These commandmentsthat I give you today are to be on yourhearts. Impress them on your children.Talk about them when you sit at homeand when you walk along the road,when you lie down and when you getup. Tie them as symbols on your handsand bind them on your foreheads. Writethem on the doorframes of your housesand on your gates.”The importance of knowing scripturecannot be overestimated. It is anintegral part of our understanding ofwho God is and what His love for usmeans. In fact, the first direction after,“be fruitful and multiply” as far asraising children God gives, is to teachthem His ways.

He makes it crystalclear that it is the parent’s responsibilityto teach their children about Him!

Think of the time King Josiah (8 yearsold when he took the throne)re-discovers the Scriptures in 2 Kings 22and after reading them, he tears hisclothes considering all that was lost bythe Israelites not teaching their childrenGod’s commandments.God’s commandments teach us aboutGod. They teach us He is good, He issovereign, He is compassionate andmerciful, He is jealous, He is powerful.They give us the framework we need foran abundant life, a functioning society,and direction. We must prioritize thisfor our children.This does not mean that you have to bea Bible scholar. It simply means beintentional about discussing God andspiritual truths with your children. Iremember very clearly my fatherteaching me the Lord’s prayer. I felt veryimportant because my dad was focusingon me and it was called The Lord’sPrayer! I remember my momcomforting me over and over again,“God has not given you a spirit of fear,but of power, and love, and a soundmind.” These things stuck with me formy whole life!I teach my boys these same things.Before bed every night we say our“Bible verse” and then I pray for them. Ibelieve in saying the same thing overand over, because I want them to hearwhat I am asking God for them. I pray,“Thank you Lord for … Please helpthem to be strong, courageous, kind,and wise. Help them to know You andto follow You always. Give them Yourfavor and someday give them wiveswho love You and fear You, and comefrom families that love and fear You. InJesus’s Name, Amen.”It does take a few minutes every night,but it only takes a few minutes everynight! You don’t have to pray thatprayer, or use the verses I use, but I doencourage you to teach your childrenwho God is, and what He hascommanded us.God bless!BedtimeRoutineJohn Hunsberger, MA, LIMHPAssociate Pastor - Marriage & ParentingLifegate Church