Telling Stories

“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” (Deuteronomy 6:7).

“Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess ….”

Do you enjoy telling stories to your children? When I was a child, my mother used to read me a story almost every night before bed. I liked those stories, but they were not my favorite.

Sometimes, my mom was too tired to read, so my dad tucked us into bed. He did not read us stories, he told us stories. Those were my favorite. Especially when the stories were about what he used to do when he was a little boy.

I realize that if my parents had been born-again Christians, those story times could have been even more exciting. They could have told us stories of their lives with Jesus.

Do you tell those kinds of stories to your children? Do they know when you accepted Christ? Have they heard of the miracles and loving things Christ as done just for you? Do they know what He has done for you this week?

Telling your children these kinds of stories will help them understand how much Jesus means to you. They will see that your relationship to Christ is ongoing and exciting. It will make them expect Jesus to work in their lives.

These kinds of stories make wonderful family devotions. Read a few Bible verses about God’s love or care, and then give them an example of how God has loved you and your family. Make it personal and make it real.

Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.

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Maxim of the Moment

Love is made sweet by compliments; not commands.