Seizing a Teachable Moment
As a Christian homeschooling mom of 4 young children, my mornings are important to starting the day off right with some quiet time in prayer and Bible reading. I love to wake up before the kids, grab my cup of coffee, and go sit quietly in my recliner while looking out the sunroom windows that face the lake. There’s something so peaceful and calming about watching the sun rise while drinking a cup of warm coffee (notice I said warm…as a mom of 4, I’ve been known to reheat my coffee only to forget about it in the microwave). The day goes much smoother if I’ve had some quiet time to pray over the day and read Scripture. That’s not to say the day will be perfect, but I seem to handle it much better and with less panic if I’ve had time with the Lord.
Well, this morning that wasn’t the case, I woke up to discover that my two middle children had woken up minutes before me. Since these are the two children that love to cuddle and just be close to me, I decided to seize the moment and involve them in my morning routine of Scripture reading. They both grabbed blankets and snuggled close to me. They were very attentive while I was reading out loud. Afterwards, my son and daughter began to ask questions and I had an opportunity to answer those questions.
Children naturally love to ask questions, they are so curious. Many times, after they’ve asked us 1,000 questions, we feel worn out. But if we can slow down, then we can seize those moments we are given and feed that love of learning. You will begin to see the state of their heart as well. If we don’t teach them, then someone else will and it might not be what we want them to learn.
A recurring verse that has been brought to my attention is Deuteronomy 11:18-20 (NIV):
“18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,”
I know I’ve been guilty of not actively teaching my children the Word of God, making it part of our everyday life. It’s easy to be distracted by all the things we need to do and therefore neglect to take time to teach our children. We may even justify not taking the time, by telling ourselves they are learning about God at church. But we as parents/caregivers have the opportunity to go deeper and answer those questions that their inquiring minds want to know. I’m striving to slow down and look for those teachable moments. They are precious moments for sure!
What are some ways that you are actively teaching your child the Word of God?
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