I recently began adding art into my Bible Journaling time. My children are the main reason for this new skill. I want to raise them according to their strength (rather than my preference) and art is their strength. Several of you responded to my recent post (Bible Journaling to Slow Down My Quiet Time) with questions about how to teach young children to have a quiet time.
Thank you for asking!
Sometimes writing a blog feels like giving a lecture… because there is not a physical person sitting across from me. I write this with you in mind! Knowing your questions helps me know what to share on my journey! So please comment and reply away! I will always be thankful.
… so here is my answer:
I used 2 things to teach my children how to have a Quiet Time
I am not a morning person. I have tried for years (and failed) to get up before my children to have my Quiet Time. I finally decided to stop fighting a losing battle and I laid some ground rules for the morning time.
- There are no electronics during mommies Quiet Time.
- There is not much conversation during this time either.
- This is partly because the Coffee has not kicked in, but mostly so it is quiet enough to listen for God.
- I set out a snack before I begin in case they are hungry when they wake up.
This creates boredom for my kids.
Can I just say I am a big fan of bored kids? A child that is not being amused will begin to use his/her mind to muse over life (and that beautiful imagination comes awake).
I never planned to teach my 5 year old to have a Quiet Time. But in that bored space, she decided to mimic me. She began borrowing my highlighters for her story bible (which is hard to read at this point).
Earlier this year she decided she wanted her own journal just like mine.
At Easter I found coloring journals with Bible verses in them (This Link will take you to them on Amazon) and put them in the girls Easter Baskets. These have small verses, pictures that go along with it and some lines for them to “journal”.
My youngest little blessing can’t read, so I read the verse to her and we talk for a few minutes about it. She will then color the picture or draw her own picture and “write” things.
There is nothing that fills my heart more than listening as she “reads” me what she journaled to God.
It was a wonderful accident.
I can be very selfish with my Quiet Time. I had to learn to relax. Cultivating this (instead of quenching the Spirit) required humility.
- I must let go of some preferences to reach my desires.
- My desire is that my children will grow in their personal walk with Christ.
- That desire is more valuable than my preference of a private Quiet Time.
Every child is different. Every family situation is different. This is how Boredom and Humility are working together to help teach my 5 years old to have a Quiet Time by using Bible Journaling.
I take this as a calling in life. Biblical Motherhood is a journey. We are trying to teach these little blessings how to have their own relationship with Jesus… Praying they learn it early and develop the discipline to stick with it through the thick and thin of life.
If you are interested in starting up with Bible Journaling or trying to work it into your child’s routine I would highly recommend it.