Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Look Up From Your Screen To Love Your Neighbor - Tech Tuesday

This Spring I'm looking at the question "How can I prepare my child for a future filled with technology?"

Technology can distract us from the people around us. As I teach my child to love her neighbor, I need to teach her to see the people around her. To love her neighbor, she has to first look at her neighbor. 
Let's look at what Jesus said when he taught about loving your neighbor:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Make time to think on God's Word -Tech Tuesday

This Spring I am considering the question "How do I prepare my children for a future filled with technology?"

With portable screens, technology can fill every part of both a parent's day and a child's day. From waking up to check email, to listening to a podcast while folding laundry, to checking social media while making toast, to watching a show while riding in the car, to playing an app while waiting at a restaurant.

Every minute of a parent's day and a child's day can be filled with information and entertainment. By the end of the day we can find ourselves hardly having God's Word in each of our hearts.

To prepare our children for a future filled with technology, first as parents we need to make the time to think on God's Word. We can take free moments during the day as continued opportunities to think on God's Word. We can each tell our mind what to think about, instead of passively surfing the internet.

Then we will be able to teach our children how to think on God's Word. This includes teaching them how to make choices with their time.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Living Deuteronomy 6:7 With A Smart Phone In My Hand - Tech Tuesday

Tech Tuesday -Part 3 of looking at the question "How Do I Prepare My Children for a Future Filled With Technology?" (This is a Tech Tuesday post on a Wednesday. Oops!)

"And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV
With today's technology being so portable, each of those moments in Deuteronomy 6:7 could be filled with a screen. When I sit in my house my child could play a game on a tablet. When I walk by the way I could post a picture to Instagram. When my family lies down we can watch Netflix. When I rise I can check my email. 

None of these things are necessarily bad by themselves. But when they are all added together are they distracting us from living God's Word?

When considering trying to teach diligently, I find it helpful to ask myself a couple of questions regarding technology:

Monday, April 27, 2015

"God Gave His Son" Bible Verse Journal Part 2

This Bible verse journal, "God Gave His Son", is focusing on the life of Jesus Christ.  Part 2 is the beginning of Jesus Christ's ministry. Feel free to join in at Part 2, even if you didn't do Part 1! Each page of the journal has a link to teaching ideas related to that Bible verse. See also the Jesus Christ Our Savior Teaching Series Overview. 

A Bible Verse Journal is a collection of Bible verses you have taught to your child. The Bible Verse Journal provides a chance to do a craft that reinforces part of the record that your child learned.

Benefits of a Bible Verse Journal:
  • Provides action and movement while learning the Bible.
  • Visuals for children that don't read yet. 
  • Focuses on the actual Word of God from the Bible. 
  • A tool for children to learn and review Bible verses. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

"All Things Bright And Beautiful" 3 Books and 1 Song - Resource Recommendation

"All Things Bright and Beautiful" is a wonderful hymn to praise God for what He made. Recently, I found a number of picture books that illustrate the song beautifully.

I cherish the sweet moments I have had with my girls as we learn this song.  We sit outside and read the book. Then we listen to the song on You Tube. Sometimes we look around us as Spring unfolds in our backyard, and talk about what God made that was beautiful, wise, and wonderful.

Throughout the day I hear my daughters sing a few lines of the song while playing. "All things wise and wonderful, all creatures great and small..."