Our new CD Sing the Bible Volume 2 is full of word-for-word Scripture songs.
One of the songs speaks directly to parents, specifically about parenting with Scripture.
Listen to a clip of the song “Hear, O Israel!”
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. – Deuteronomy 6:6-9
I’ve known this verse for a long time. And for years, Amy and I talked about ordering pretty Scripture-verse wall decorations. YEARS, people. But it never happened. Finally, one rare Saturday afternoon when I was not traveling, we got out the markers and construction paper and did it ourselves. Everyone picked a favorite verse from the Sing the Bible CDs, and within an hour, we had 5 bible verses stuck to the walls of our house with that blue sticky stuff that sticks on the corners.
We did not get hung up on perfection or neatness. If it’s hard to read, it’s a conversation starter, right?
One line from that Deuteronomy Scripture passage has always jumped out. “Wear them on your foreheads as reminders” always reminds me of Jim McMahon – the quarterback of the 1985 Superbowl Champion Chicago Bears. He used to write messages on his headbands. I’m not planning on adding headbands to my wardrobe, but I do take those words as further admonition to keep God’s Word at the forefront of my mind.
Listening to Scripture music is one way to do that. Another way to get the kids involved is through a simple Saturday afternoon family activity like this one. Afterwards you can all go out for ice cream – or maybe a blueberry milkshake.
Randall Goodgame is the founder of Slugs & Bugs Family Music. The newest Slugs & Bugs album, Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs, Volume 2 released on March 18, 2016. Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs Volume 1 was nominated for Children’s Album of the Year at the 2015 Dove Awards.
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