Category Archives: Bible Time Tuesday

BTT: Teaching Kids Responsibility

“Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.”      -Galatians 6:5

Responsibility is needed in life, especially in adulthood.  But kids need to learn responsibility in their own lives to prepare them for higher education and the rest of their lives (and now, because even 3 year olds have responsibilities).

There are 3 keys to teaching responsibility.  They are:

  1. Accountability
  2. Consequence
  3. Example

-Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.-

Accountability

Being accountable is extremely important.  People need to be able to trust you and know you are going to be responsible for your own actions.

When trying to explain this to a young child, you could use daily chores or duties.  If your 4 year old has to make their bed every morning, then they are accountable for the bed being made.  If it hasn’t been made, then we know who didn’t make it.

They have to be answerable.  Especially with school aged children, owning up to your actions is essential.  If your child doesn’t turn in their homework, then it is their fault and they must take responsibility for that action.

When teaching accountability, it is important to be patient.   Kids need time to practice this kind of liability.

Explain that accountability is a good quality in a person.  It’s ok if your child struggles at first, but don’t let them test the boundaries too much.

Consequence

Punishing can be hard.  And it is not fun.  There are times though, when punishment is necessary.

With consequence, timing is key.  When teaching something, you don’t hand out the test first.  You explain, practice, and then evaluate.

If your accountable child were to forget their homework once, it might not be that big of a deal, especially if they hold themselves to high standards.  But, if your child isn’t very accountable and consistently forgets their homework even after reminders, then consequence is the best step.

A consequence is simply a tool.  A learning tool used to promote better choices/behaviors/actions and stop the bad ones.  In the case of responsibility, consequences need to be consistent!

A consistent punishment isn’t getting on your child every time they make a mistake.  It is setting priorities straight and removing anything that may be a distraction.

If your child doesn’t turn in their homework for the whole week, they may get a game taken away, or they may need to write a note of reminder.  Consequences must be kept up with.  Don’t say that you will take the video game away for a week and then give it back the next day.  Show that responsibility is serious, but doesn’t have to be a pain.

The best way to show how to be responsible is through example.

Example

Your children are always watching you.  And that is a great thing!  Parents are the best influence on kids!

Make sure you are being responsible!  Pay attention to the things you need to get done throughout the day and stay on top of them.

Give your child examples like, “It is my responsibility to pay the water bill every month.”  Or “It is my job to pick up my children from school.  If I don’t, your teachers would have to drive you to our house.”

Apply real world examples.  You are the real world example.

Responsibility quote

Enjoy the teaching moments in life!  Happy Tuesday!

BTT: God Forgives My Sins (Bible Activity)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”     – 1 John 1:9

We all, as imperfect children of God, sin everyday!  Thankfully, God loves us so much that He forgives our sins and redeemed us by sending His Son to die for us.  For smaller kids, that’s hard to understand.  They may not know what sins are, or how and why God forgives us.  I like to use visual representations to help explain these hard to grasp concepts.

God Forgives My Sins

Sinning is when we choose to turn away from God by making a bad/wrong decision.  When we pray and ask God to forgive us because we know we did wrong, He does.  God pours out His unending mercy and cleanses our hearts.  We should always try to do better and strive to live pure lives.

To Do This Activity, You’ll Need:

  • White Board + Dry Erase Markers
  • Construction Paper
  • Tape
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors

How To:

First, before you round up your kids, cut out (about 5 per child) 1″ x 3″ rectangles from the paper.  Also, draw a heart on the whiteboard.  Call over the kiddos.  Explain how when we sin, we turn away from God.  All of these sins give us impure hearts.

heart whitebrd

Each child should write down a sin that they have committed on the rectangles.  For Example – lying, saying mean things, not obeying parents, etc.  These don’t have to be big things.  Show how these sins make our hearts unclean by coloring the heart in with a black (or dark colored) marker.

heart sins close

black heart

Have each child tape their sins onto the shaded in heart.  Say a prayer with your kids, apologizing for your sins and asking for forgiveness.  Ask your kids why they are sorry.  Do they feel bad about what happened?  Do they want to do better?

There is good news!  Jesus died on the cross for their (and everyone else’s) sins.  Describe how we are redeemed and will spend eternity with God in Heaven.  Take off the sins and set them aside.  Erase the shaded section of the heart.

After you have erased the heart, there will be some outlines of the shaded areas or erased parts of the heart.  This symbolizes our imperfectness.  No matter how hard we try, we will always sin.  We ask God for His help.  He mends our hearts.

imperfect heart

When we are sorry, we promise to try to do better.  On the back of each sin, write a good action that is opposite of the sin.  This can be a quality or a good deed.  For example – lying -> be truthful, saying rude things -> be uplifting.

sin lyingbe truthful opposite

Tape the now improved rectangles onto the clean heart.  Because of God’s love and Jesus’ death, we are able to spend eternity with Him.  We are thankful Jesus forgives our sins!

transformed sin

Like 1 John 1:9 says, God is faithful and just.  Thank you, Lord, for your mercy and forgiveness.

BTT: Letter to the Insecure Child

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”   -Genesis 1:27

Dear Insecure Child,

I was you…..sometimes I am you.  All those thoughts in your head – forget them.  They aren’t true.  You are beautiful.  You are created in God’s image.  God painted a self portrait when he made you.  When you see yourself in the mirror, you should see a gorgeous creation of God.  Easier said than done – I know.  When the words of hatred pierce your heart, let them roll off your back.  Though your face may have pimples, and you think you’re overweight, reflect on this verse.  It may seem hard now, but you’ll brave the storm.  You are a perfectly made imperfect(sinner) daughter/son of God.

P.S. The best people to talk to about these insecurities are moms and dads.

BTT: Scripture Memory Book

Yes, it’s Wednesday.  Sorry about the late post.  This week, we memorized a verse of scripture.  I am very forgetful…..very…  Kids can be, too (especially if it’s “boring”).  I have come up with a way to get kids involved in a craft while memorizing scripture at the same time.

Scripture Memory Book:

I used the following verse –

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”  -Psalm 19:14

You Will Need:

  • Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Staple or Metal Circle Clips (If you do this, you will need a hole puncher)
  • Markers

How To:

  1. Break the verse up into parts (you want to be able to draw pictures about each part).  This is how I broke up my verse:  Let the words of my mouth (BREAK 1) and the meditation of my heart (BREAK 2) be acceptable (BREAK 4) in thy sight (BREAK 5) O LORD (BREAK 6), my rock (BREAK 7) and my redeemer.
  2. Draw the pictures!  We drew a mouth for our first part, a heart for part 2, a square with positive words for part 3, “God’s eye” for break 4, a letter ‘o’ with Jesus written across it, a rock with the word ‘my’ written on it, and finally a cross with ‘my’ written on it.  The pictures explain them better.  🙂                                                                                         mouthheartacceptableeye paperJesus omy rockmy redeemer
  3. Put ’em all together!  Align your pictures in order, and staple or hole punch them.  Have fun memorizing!

flip bookscripture book

BTT: My Kid Is Bored At Church

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”   – Exodus 20:8

Sundays.  Sundays are wonderful days because we go to church and worship our Lord!  Church can be enjoyable for adults, but for kids, church can be boring!  That’s ok!   Church doesn’t have to be painful for kids.  Church should be a fun time of getting to know Jesus.  If your child needs something to do, try these suggestions.

  • Draw What I Hear – Have your child use a prayer journal (notebook specifically for church) to draw what they hear the preacher saying or reading.  Maybe they write down some key words or phrases and find what it means for them.

    Drawing of the Ascension
    Drawing of the Ascension
  • Bible Study Book – There are so many good devotionals and study books out there!  These books have Bible related activities and many good verses to meditate on.  For some of my recommended books, click HERE or HERE or, for my absolute favorite, click HERE.
  • Join A Small Group – Most churches offer Bible study small groups for kids.  These groups may be offered during the church service or before.  Either way,  a small group of children all talking about Jesus is a great way to keep your child interested in church.
  • Daily Prayer or Meditation – Using a prayer journal (as described in previous bullet), have your kid reflect on a verse of the Bible relating to the message.  Also, a prayer to say can develop a reverent spirit in your child, so maybe they can pay better attention in church.                                                                                                                                      prayer

The most important thing about church is your child’s relationship with Jesus.  As young children, it’s hard to pay attention when someone is saying words you don’t understand.   Yes, as your child gets older, it is important to pay attention in church.  My theory is: as long as they are learning about Jesus and strengthening that relationship, it’s all good.

This can be a hard issue to deal with.  Keep Jesus in the center always!

BTT: I (Eye) Can

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”     – Philippians 4:13

YES!  God makes all things possible.  But there is a catch (an amazing catch)!  Jesus gives us the strength we need to do great things, if we believe in Him!  So, this craft was born.

eye can

Eye (I) Can:

For This Craft You’ll Need:

  • Can (I used a can of diced tomatoes :-])
  • White Construction Paper (Also, one other color if desired)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Black Marker
  • Scissors

Steps:

First, peel the label off your can.  Then, plug in your hot glue gun to ensure that it’s ready when you are.  Using the white construction paper, cut out an oval.  Draw a large circle/oval in the middle of your “eye” to be the pupil.  Hot glue this to the front of your can.  Then use the rest of the white (or colored) paper to make a nutrition label.  Mine was more on the simpler side.  It said, “Contains God!” because we need God in order to do all things!  That’s the whole point of this verse! I NEED GOD!  Hot glue this to the back of the can and you’re done.

eye can vers

eye can contains

Keep this can around the house in a central location to remind your family that with God’s help we can do great things!

Have a great Tuesday!

BTT: Halloween – What to Teach Your Kids

Halloween.  Yes, it’s that time of year.  Fall has just begun and this new season brings many things.  It brings colored leaves, cool breezes, and holidays.  One of these holidays is Halloween.  Especially in this generation, kids can be taught that Halloween is about costumes and gory things.  But, Halloween isn’t all blood and guts.  I’m not saying you shouldn’t let your kids go trick-or-treating (I love trick-or-treating).  But, you should make sure your kids know these things about the holiday.

Boo! This is my pint sized ghost (Hopefully coming up in a later post)
Boo! This is my pint sized ghost (Hopefully coming up in a later post)

What to Teach Your Kids About Halloween:

  • Yes, there is evil in the world, but Christ’s light is bigger than all evil.  Like John 1:5 says, “And the light shineth in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not.”  Jesus is bigger than all evil!
  • Do not be afraid.  Yes, some people wear “scary” costumes (at least to a young child), but Jesus tells us not to be afraid.  Isaiah 41:10a says, “So do not fear, for I am with you.”  Jesus loves you and doesn’t want you to worry.  He will protect you.
  • Say, “Thank you!”  This is very important.  If you’re child says thank you when someone gives them candy, it shows their values.  Even a smile can brighten someones day and possibly stir their heart.  Who knows…your child may convert someone to Christianity by being kind!
  • Think before you do (more for older ones).  Yes, pranks are fun, but be smart about it.  If you wouldn’t want somebody to do it to you, DON’T do it!
  • Be safe!  Maybe staying near your mom isn’t “cool,” but it’s good.  It is night time and it’s good to have an adult around.
  • Have fun!  Halloween can be really fun with the right people doing the right things.  Enjoy the night as a family and cherish these moments!  They don’t last forever.

My biggest Halloween advice for Mamas is simple: Stay close and take pictures!

A prayer for Halloween:

From ghosties and goblins;


And long-leggedy beasties;


To things that go BUMP! in the night!


May the Good Lord protect us!


Amen.

Have a great Halloween.   And eat candy!!!  Happy Tuesday!

BTT: On My Own – Matthew 19:26

This is an activity that proves one true statement: We need God!

Materials:

  • Eager kids
  • At least one egg per kid
  • An open area
  • Clothes that can get messy

btt egg matt

Procedure (this sounds like a science experiment):

  1. Go into that open area.  Talk to your kids about how sometimes life can be frustrating.  Sometimes we get caught up in life and want to do things on our own.  Read Matthew 19:26 with your kids.  Ask when there was a time in their day/week when they wanted to do something their way, not God’s way;  a time when they wanted to do it on their own.
  2. Place an egg in your child’s hand.  Ask them to try to do things on their own by squeezing the egg (with one hand).  It won’t work.  Explain that in life we may not like God’s plan for us, or at least we think we don’t, but God knows what’s best for us.
  3. Then, ask them what God can do.  God can do all things!  Now have them use both hands and thumbs to squeeze the egg.   (Hopefully) They can do it!  Prepare for an explosion!!!  Just like when we let God guide our life, we can do all things. This reveals our true potential.  Jesus wants the best for us and we should listen to His plan for us.

egg for btt

This is a great way for kids to understand God’s power and His plan for us!  Sorry this is on a Wednesday!  Have a blessed day!

Poem – You’ll Meet Me There

How long has it been friends?  Too long, I think!  I apologize for the long break between posts.  I was thinking today, Why haven’t I posted in a while?  I guess I was too busy.

Ahh, yes.  I don’t like that phrase: TOO BUSY.  Too busy for what?  The people and things you love?  Too busy for God?

So I whipped together this poem to show how much He loves us.  God will never be too busy for us!  He loves us!

You’ll Meet Me There

When life gets too busy,

And I’m lost in despair,

I’ll go to the cross.

I know you’ll meet me there.


When my words are not kind,

And my actions are rude,

I’ll turn to you.

And my heart is anew.


Though the trials of life,

Try to drag me down,

I’ll look up to Him,

The One who wears the crown.


Thank you, Oh Lord,

For your wonderful grace!

I hope that one day,

I may see your loving face!

I know this isn’t Tuesday, but I filed it under BTT, just in case you want to find it again.  Have a great weekend!

BTT: Scripture of the Day

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”   – Matthew 7:13-14

Sorry about the short post…..but I’ve been reflecting on this verse and pray that you will find meaning in it.  Have a great Tuesday!