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My long distance grandkids and I had a lovely visit recently. While we were together, I printed out my 10 commandments for kids coloring pages that I've been working on so they could "test drive" them for me, as well as help me pick out the pictures for the rest of the series. While this cute country wedding cake clip art isn't the most traditional, it was the clear winner with my grandchildren!
And speaking of the 10 commandments Bible memory verses, I realize Exodus 20:14 "You shall not commit adultery," may not be the easiest concept for our younger grand kids to understand. Yet, it's so vital to teach it to them from a very young age, along with all the rest of the 10 commandments. Teaching our kids and grand children these important Bible verses at a young age will be a strong blessing for them when they are older. And there are many great ways to help them learn simple truths about the basic concepts at the earliest of ages. I chose Titus 2:11-12 to go along with it, and there are plenty of other encouraging Bible verses talking about purity, godliness and faithfulness that are also excellent Scriptures to share with young ones.
God has revealed his grace for the salvation of all people. That grace instructs us to give up ungodly living and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this world. Titus 2:11-12
If our children and grand kids learn early that it's important to always be faithful to God and to their family when they are young, it will be so much easier for them to stand on those truths when they are adults and get married. It took my husband and me quite a while of growing and learning this as he was not a Christian and, if I was, I wasn't walking with the Lord when we got married. But thanks to my parents providing me with an excellent Christian school education, I had uplifting Bible verses like these hidden deep in my heart. As I reflect back on those early days, I know God was using them in my life to draw me to Him and to give me a solid foundation for marriage that kept us together during very tough times!
Another great thing to do with these verses, particularly for grandkids who are getting a bit older, is to suggest they start praying NOW for their future spouse, if God so leads them to get married. Yes, they'll giggle a bit, and probably won't remember to do it – at least not at first. But it can be a fun and creative example for them to occasionally pray with them for God to protect their future spouse, grow them strong in the Lord, and keep them safe for when our kids meet those kids – all grown up. 🙂 And what a great thing for US to be praying for and about THEM through the years – for them and their future spouses to grow strong in the Lord, stay pure before God, and live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this world – before AND after marriage.
I love the fun idea in a cute little prayer activities book, Creative Family Prayer Times, where they pass around M&M's to help with teaching kids learn how to pray to God. Each color M&M is something to pray about. "For every green M&M you chose, pray for your spouse (present or future)…this is a great way to get kids thinking about what qualities they want to find in a future mate. Encourage them to pray for this person's safety, physical and spiritual growth and so on." Isn't that terrific! Robin Gunn Jones, a favorite author for our whole multigenerational family – my granddaughter, myself, and a sweet senior relative all love her – has also written a book exactly on this subject with Tricia Goyer – Praying for Your Future Husband: Preparing Your Heart for His. Obviously, this is geared for our granddaughters, but with chapters like pray for trust, pray for commitment, and pray for "the list," there's plenty in there for US to read and gain ideas for how to teach our grandsons AND granddaughters to pray to God about this! Lots of good food for thought in this particular commandment, don't you think? 🙂
Have a blessed Word-Filled Wednesday and enjoy more encouraging Bible verses and pictures for you and your Sandwich Generation family at Internet Cafe Devotions.