Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Parents Heart: Love God - Deuteronomy 6:5

Printable Verse by Katie Zitelli
This month the parenting verse to meditate on is: "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." Deuteronomy 6:5 NASB

  1. Click on the link to the size picture you want, and then print out the verse. Half Page or Full Page (Computers vary in how they print.  Make sure you do a print preview to see if it is printing as the size that you want.)
  2. Post it where you will look at it often this next month.  I'm putting mine on our refrigerator next to our grocery list.  Other possible spots are on your bathroom mirror or propped against a window.
  3. Meditate, think on, or literally "talk to yourself" about the verse.
Artwork by Amy Miller
You May Be Asking "Meditate?": In the Bible to meditate isn't a passive state of thinking.  Instead to meditate is to think on, to consider, or literally "talk to yourself".  The Bible talks about meditating on God's Word (Psalms 1:2), on God (Psalms 63:6) and on God's works (Psalms 143:5).

Think, Then Act: "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." Joshua 1:9  Meditating on God's Word helps us to work on doing what the Bible says.

Context:  This verse comes from a section in Deuteronomy 6 that has great guidance for parents.  This is written to Israel and not the Church, but there is still great learning for us.  1 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: 2 That thou mightest fear the Lord thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. 3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. 4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: 5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:1-7 

Keep God First:  As parents, we want to keep God first in our lives.  While many things need our time and attention (children, work, housework) we keep working to put God first.  We love God.  We desire for our children to love God.  They will learn this the best when we are doing this ourselves.  Throughout the day I can think about loving God with all of who I am.

Feedback Would Be Appreciated:  What size printout works best for you?  Where do you think you'll post it?  Please let me know if you have any trouble printing out the verse. 

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