Right now, I’m working on a little series of different resources to help you grow a love for God’s Word. In the She Reads Truth Bible blog, I mentioned how it was difficult for me to grow a hunger for God’s Word. I’m not quite sure why it was so difficult for me to start and be consistent, but what I can tell you is when I surrounded myself with people who hungered for God’s Word, it stirred the same hunger in me. I wanted to be apart of those kinds of conversations and I wanted to have something to contribute. Whether the people I surrounded myself with knew it or not, they were shaping and molding my heart simply by their conversations about God’s Word.
In the same way, what would life be like, if we started having those conversations earlier in life? I’m talking like, what if we had these kinds of conversations not just with each other (great idea by the way), but with the kids in our lives?
Psalm 78:4 says, “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if we actually lived this out? You know, passed down all the wonders God has done to the next generation?
Hopefully you’re thinking, “Rachel, that would be awesome! But how can I practically live this out?”
I’m so glad you asked!
I don’t think it matters whether you have kids or not, we are all held responsible for passing God’s “glorious deeds” to the next generation. This sounds way more difficult than what it really is–it’s more about living intentionally and utilizing even the smallest, mundane moment to point kids (whether they are your own or someone else’s) back to God.
Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God & Science
We are so fortunate to live in America with literally a plethora of resources on helping you and others grow a love for God’s Word (something I took advantage of before going to Ecuador), but the one I want to share with you today is Louie Giglio’s Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God & Science.
Front Gate Media gave me this book to give an honest review, and I literally cannot wait to share this with the kids in my life.
Space, Earth, Animals, and People
The whole point of the book is for kids to grasp the concept that our God is AMAZING! Louie Giglio reaches out to kids by sparking their curiosity through things in nature. He focuses on four main categories: Space, Earth, Animals, and People. Each category has a unique color for it, separating it from the others. If you want to read about animals, you’ll want to look for the green titles and so on so forth. Don’t worry, you won’t have to hunt through the book because included is a table of contents plus in the introduction you can find the page numbers divided up into each category.
I think you will find that each category can spark interest in any kid. For example, I remember being little and wanted to know about all the different bones in the body, and Louie Giglio shares how God is amazing through our bones. But let’s say you have kids interested in hunting, there’s even a devotion about hunting out of these 100 devotions.
Louie Giglio isn’t afraid to talk science to kids, but he makes it engaging and on their level. He exposes them to words like fossils, weather, hair, eyes, ears, dinosaurs, galaxies, etc. And he does this all with the intent to explain how God is AMAZING.
Here’s where these devotions can really be turned into your daily life: the “Be Amazed” section. This includes different facts, a prayer, and some hands-on activities. These are additional little tidbits from the devotion, which really help to supplement the text for kids. Things like tornadoes and even eclipses are included in the book, so kids might need help pronouncing some of these big words if you plan on reading it together.
But don’t just make this another book on your shelf. Rather live it out. Let’s actually pretend this is real life–yesterday was incredibly windy. It would be so easy to flip through Louie Giglio’s book to find something about wind. And look, he has one! Then you can read through the devotion (on your own or with a kid) and share how we can be AMAZED by God through the wind.
Living intentionally doesn’t have to mean sitting your family down in the living room for a family devotion, but rather a simple conversation to stir the hearts of kids for God.
Each devotion comes with a specific Bible verse. The Bible verses use different translations, but the translations Louie Giglio uses stay true to the original text while keeping in mind what kids can comprehend.
The book itself is illustrated by Nicola Anderson, and it is beautiful. The pictures are animated-like appealing to elementary kids. Some real pictures are used (for example of animals or plants in nature), but otherwise, the pictures are illustrations.
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This book would be great for adults to have in order to live those intentional conversations to create a hunger for God’s Word in kids. I am so thankful there are resources out there like this one that help shed light on God’s character!
If you also are a Sunday School teacher, you could easily turn this book into Sunday School Curriculum. You could even have it around in case you have a teacher cancel last minute! It’s a great resource to have!
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Whether you have kids or not, find a way to pour into the next generation. Tell them all the good things God has done for you and just how amazing God is. I promise you won’t regret sharing all God’s glorious wonders with them! They genuinely are precious in His sight!