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Continuing on with our series based primarily on Exodus 20, Teaching the Ten Commandments for kids and grandkids, it's time for the second commandment. I decided to add a favorite "shortie" Bible command – worship God – to our Bible memorization plan. It's one I've taught my grandkids before and I love using two or three encouraging Bible verses together when they complement each other, which this definitely does.
You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. Exodus 20:4-6
Worship God. Revelation 22:9
Aren't those great together? Not only that. This morning I was reading Psalm 100 in the New International Version (NIV) and loved verse two to go along with this as well
Worship the LORD with gladness.
Combining all three of these inspirational Scriptures gives us the opportunity to talk about how important it is to not just SAY we love God, but to do so with a heart attitude that means it. Another passage I love, that my grandkids have heard often from me, is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus
I'll definitely be reminding them of that as well when we talk about the ten commandments this week.
I have to share with you that I was so encouraged this past week. My grandkids made a couple of comments that reminded me just how much of an impact memorizing these encouraging Bible verses can have in their hearts, minds, and lives! Among other things, one grandson shared how he sings songs he makes up from the Bible verses he's learned to help him not be scared! That was definitely a big blessing to my heart!
It can be too easy for us to let the everyday busy-ness of life keep us from making this a top priority – from doing laundry to cleaning house to outside work projects to settling squabbles and more. Add to all that everything else involved in raising children or babysitting grandchildren, along with the duties of caring for elderly parents and it just makes life that much busier. It's so easy for Bible story teaching and Bible memory verses to be moved down the to do list. And trust me, I can forget that just as much as anyone else. But after hearing their sweet comments this past week, I'm redoubling my efforts to keep it right on the top of my granny nanny to do list! How about you?
Enjoy more uplifting Bible verses and pictures, very encouraging for all of us in the Sandwich Generation, at Internet Cafe Devotions for Word-Filled Wednesday.
Great verses and love God with all your heart. I’m not sure that’s in a Bible verse but it’s what came to mind after reading your verses.
Amazing what a little comment like that from the “grands” does to fuel you on…you are giving them a priceless gift…what a wonderful post Kaye!!
I agree with Lori; this is truly amazing. And it is a priceless reminder to me that I should not even make images of my worries and worship them. You know we do that? Mental images and just keep going back to caress them and gaze on them and generally give them more importance than they’re worth.
Thanks for this post and also for your lovely comment on my site. 🙂
I am blessed and encouraged by my visit here! Thank you for the reminder to not let the busyness of life stand in our way of teaching our children and grandchildren God’s Word. What a wonderful post!
What a great lesson… thank you!
Such a great blessings Kaye! With this heart felt reminders of the commandments… we will WORSHIP HIM in our obedience and making this a priority. Oh Kaye, you truly are a blessed ‘sandwich’, mom, grandma, and daughter… Always a blessing and encouragement in your instruction and reinforcing one verse with others is GREAT!
Today, I am worshiping the Lord with Gladness with you! I will rejoice! pray without ceasing and give thanks! Always on this wonderful WORD filled day! Thanks for blessing me!
Peace and JOY,
I love how you illustrate the verses for the children. Those are so cute and great verses to teach them. Have a blessed weekend.
Hi Cathy, Thank you. Have a wonderful weekend yourself. 🙂
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful resources. You are such a blessing to all of us who have the privilege to teach the children, the ways of the Lord.
Thanks so much Adabee 🙂 🙂 🙂 Isn’t God awesome to give us this great calling 🙂