Having children has really put me into touch with the sinful nature. And I ain’t talking about my kids. I’m talking about myself. Man alive. I finally see myself a bit more how God sees me – I’m filthy rags. Thanks be unto God for His saving grace.
But really, Barry and I realize the heavy burden that we bear – the burden to teach our children in the ways of our Christian faith. It’s a daily walk for me – and I’m not teaching Annie, she’s teaching ME. Every day I learn things from her. Every day being with her causes me to beg God for mercy toward me. And as I am teaching Annie to obey me, I am teaching her to obey God.
Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Part of our daily training of Annie includes our family Bible time. It’s something we make a priority to do every day. Andy is also with us. Yes, he’s only 10 months old…but we believe in saturating our family in the Word as much as possible. It will not return void.
I got the idea to start a family catechism from my fabulous friend, LeighAnn, over at Intentional by Grace. She was doing it with her family, so I copied her. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Right? That’s what I keep telling myself.
We looked around on the internet until we found a good catechism for the 3-5 year old age range. But quite honestly, I think it’s good for me and Barry too…and we’re 30+ years old. So, I think this will be our official family catechism no matter the ages of our children. But what IS a catechism?
A catechism is a summary of doctrine used in religious training of children and adults.
We believe that by teaching our children these fundamental truths about God and Christ, that they’ll be ingrained in their mind for their entire life. That’s what the Word has promised us. And so, we started at 3 years old. We could have started earlier…but her attention span isn’t very long as this point.
I’ll admit, I’m surprised at her ability to retain information. She’s already learned 18 of them and can recite them back to you. Barry and I are learning them right along with her.
Each night, Barry asks the question posed and Annie responds. When she learns them well, we move on to another point. Barry makes sure to explain each one – which can sometimes take a while.
Barry made us this nice lovely chart. I’m making the PDF available to you too – in case you want to print. It’s 11×17 in size to make it plenty big for reading/posting in your home. We had it laminated at Office Depot for a few bucks because, I gotta tell you – there’s a whole lotta spilling going on at the Myers house – and sometimes Annie spills her drink too. Better safe than sorry.
Dinner is when we are usually all together, so that’s when we have family Bible time. After we finish eating, we have our devotions together. Family dinner is a big priority here…but it might not be at your house. You just have to find a time that works for you. Maybe it’s before bed. Before bed here is a living nightmare with gnashing of teeth, so that doesn’t work for us.
Here is what our devotion time looks like:
- Barry tells a Bible story and reads from the Word. He does questions/answer time.
- We take prayer requests and pray.
- We sing a song (sometimes Annie requests “You Spin Me Right Round Baby”, which we DON’T sing as part of Bible time, but will take up a bit later)
- We do the family catechism
Now, is it always hunky dory? Absolutely not. Sometimes it looks like this:
- Barry tells a story while Andy screams his head off and Annie lays in the floor humming.
- Annie wants to pray for everything under the sun, including the dirt outside and the ants in the field. Barry prays while Annie runs from the room to get a toy.
- Barry and Stacy sing a song while Annie picks her nose and Andy throws everything in the floor.
- Barry tries to do the family catechism and Annie acts like she doesn’t speak English.