Monday, November 4, 2013

A Parent's Heart: God's Word In Our Heart, Deuteronomy 6:6

I love that when I teach my children the Bible, in the process I grow in my personal walk with God.  Reading the Bible and putting it in my heart helps me to then teach my children.  The time I spend reading the Bible can so easily be pushed out by the children’s needs, housework, or tiredness.  I have to constantly remind myself that I will do a better job as a parent when I put God’s word in my heart.
By Katie Zitelli

November’s verse to meditate on is “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart” Deuteronomy 6:6
  1. Print out the verse. Half Page or Full Page
  2. Post it where you will look at it often this next month.  Last month I had it on the refrigerator, this month I’m going to try my bathroom mirror. 
  3. Meditate on it.  In the Bible "to meditate" is to think on and to consider the verse.   It isn't a passive state of thinking, instead you literally “talk to yourself” about the verse.

This verse follows last month's verse in a section in Deuteronomy 6 that has great guidance for parents.  This was written to Israel and not the Church, but there is still great learning for us.   "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 6:5-7


What should teaching my child God’s Word look like in my daily life?  

Deuteronomy 6 gives a beautiful picture.  I love God with everything I have.  I keep God’s Word in my heart.  I teach my children God’s Word as I go through my daily life.  This sounds like a wonderful way to live!

"he (Moses) said to them, “Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today, which you shall command your sons to observe carefully, even all the words of this law." Deuteronomy 32:46
Again the heart is involved when parents were telling their children God's Word.  The parents were to "take to your heart" all the words.  And then they were to command there children to do God's Word. 

"For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments."  Ezra 7:10
To teach Ezra first was seeking God’s Word, he was doing it in his life and then teaching. The more that I am putting God's Word in my heart the easier it is to teach my children.   As I put God’s Word in my heart, and it becomes a part of who I am.  This makes it so much easier to teach during daily life. 


Want more Bible verses about the heart?

Throughout the month of November look for a daily Bible verse about the heart on Facebook page or Twittter.

Related Post:

1. A Parent's Heart: Love God, Deuteronomy 6:5
2. A Parent's Heart: Teach Diligently Deuteronomy 6:7  

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