Need Tips from Christian Mommies

Nathaly - posted on 02/07/2010 ( 44 moms have responded )

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I have a 7month son. I'm trying to read the bible to him whenever I get a chance, but sometimes I just don't find the time. Any tips on how I can improve this, I really want my son to grow with lots of God's Faith and Love in him

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Chris - posted on 02/07/2010

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First of all, know that by caring enough to ask this question you are doing the right thing! Are you doing a Daily Quiet Time? If not, start doing one! Just pick a section of the Bible that you like read it and ask yourself how you can apply that piece of scripture to your life today. If you need a suggestion on where to start, or how to do a Quiet Time, check out www.WOL.org - they have a piece of scripture everyday that they suggest. Now, here's the easy part... if you dedicate 10 minutes everyday to read one section of scripture, just read it out loud! Ten minutes is NOTHING when you think about it - and if you get 10 minutes behind on something, well - it's only 10 minutes!! The second thing that you can do, is listen to children's bible songs. I love the Go Fish Guys. They're not annoying, and it's not so bad to have one of their songs stuck in your head! We listen to them daily at my house, and now my 3 year old (she JUST turned 3) can recite the books of the bible from Genesis to Revelation. . . . . . she also knows the 10 commandments in order, and can tell any stranger on the street that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. If all else fails, just tell him the stories that are found in the bible while you're driving in the car, or use an example from the Bible to explain something to him.

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Elizabeth Jane - posted on 02/16/2010

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Bedtime would be a good try. It may even work to put him to sleep, and if anything you would get something out of it too! LOL

Karissa - posted on 02/14/2010

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I have one of those Children Bibles for babies and I read to her after her bath at night or while I feed her. When I finish reading the little story, it's only a few paragraph or so, I go into more detail about the story. My mom did this when I was little and it was one of my fave things to do together.

Rebekah - posted on 02/13/2010

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You are the FIRST Bible your child will ever read - your actions, your words, your responses, your reactions, etc. are the things your baby is absorbing. Everything that you do and say and apply, your child is seeing and taking it into their mind on how they too are supposed to do and say and apply. Whether or not you are able to read the Bible to him, the more important part is that YOU are reading the Bible for yourself daily and then allowing yourself to apply it, so that when your baby sees you respond in love, in faith, in peace, in joy, in gentleness, in kindness, in self-control, etc. he too will know how to respond as well. That's why it's more important that you get the Word in you at this point. Then on those days when time is lacking for reading to him, YOU can pray Scripture over him or tell him a story from the Bible that you read or sing a song from Psalm, etc. God's faith and love is in YOU! :)

Sheila - posted on 02/13/2010

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Do you have access to Christian Children's music? There is alot of wonderful stuff out there that is appropriate for Children as well as adults. Steve Green has some cd's called "Hide 'Em In Your Heart" that is scripture put to music in order to make it easier for children to learn scripture. There is another set of children's tapes called Patch the Pirate which is put out by Majesty Music. Each Patch the Pirate tape is an adventure in which he and his crew learn Christian Character tapes. My 2 year old loves them. You can find them by going to www.majestymusic.com. I play Christian music in a cd player whenever I put the kids to bed, and I've found that they sleep better at night. At your son's age, he may not understand fully what you are trying to teach him, but he is still getting it. Don't stop doing it, just because he might not understand. My parents kept us in the church services from the day that we were born. You are doing a good job, because your heart is in the right place. Don't get discouraged.

Andra - posted on 02/13/2010

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Sing hymns to him. Babies love music and singing songs is a great way to instill God's love and His Word into them. And since songs rhyme, they are easier to remember! You can sing children's songs, or regular hymns. "Jesus Loves Me", "This Little Light of Mine", "Amazing Grace", etc. (And they NEVER get too old for these songs! No matter what age they are, they will still sing them. I have 5 children ages 19-4, and they all sing hymns...even when they are just doing chores.)

NIKITA - posted on 02/13/2010

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RIGHT NOW HE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND ALL THAT. YOU CAN JUST SHOW HIM YOUR LOVING WAYS AND SING TO HIM ABOUT THE LORD. SHOW HIM FRIENDLY PICS OF THE LORD AND OTHER PEOPLE IN THE BIBLE.I KNOE GOSPEL LAND IS BABY FRIENDLY TO ALL SBJECTS. GOD BLESS...... NIKITA WADDY MOTHER OF ARIANA--6 ,, AUSTIN 20 MONTHES

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I got up early when my baby got up and would read in front of her- not to her. Obviously she heard, but I didn't make a point to read to her. She always wanted to do what I was doing anyway. By the time she was 1 1/2, these morning Bible times were so sweet--- I would read my Bible, she would grab her little Precious Moments Bible, and we would open them up together. She would talk "babble, babble, Jesus, babble" and it was cute. She would carry around her Bible and say "Like Mama" and smile---- I was training her in the way she should go thru example and we bonded more doing this together. Her Bibles are special to her- even now at age 5. And all my kids are like this as well. Go for it! :)

Lorie - posted on 02/12/2010

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That's great that you want to read to your little one. Deut 6:6-8 "These commandments that I give you today are to be upon 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 as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates."

I love these verses. I also do not have time to always read to my children or have Bible study time; however, I talk to them about the Ten Commandments and teach them what is on my mind or verses and passages about things they are struggling on. Of course, some of my children are older, so they tell me their struggles. But for your seventh month old, you can tell him Bible stories, like the Creation, Noah, Jonah, David, and even some in the New Testament. You don't need to take a story book out and read it word for word if you already know it by heart. Just tell it to him, and you can also give him a Bible book with pictures he can look at while you're telling him the story. Then another time, as time permits, you can read him the story. This way, as he grows, he can see that mommy reads and knows God's word. It sets a good example for him to follow. God be with you and your little one.

Michelle - posted on 02/12/2010

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Finding a time each day when you can read the Bible to him is a great way to establish his desire to read the Bible. Maybe it is before you eat or right before nap time. That way both you and he will benefit from it. I read my son a picture family Bible. He is only 10 weeks old, but stares at the pictures. I have to believe that God is working through him already. :)

Anmol - posted on 02/12/2010

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Music works very well. You can play a CD everytime you are puuting him to sleep. I did that to my girl and she learnt most songs like that. That was when she was small. Now she is 3 and I do an action song (Zaccheus was a very little man...) She loved it. Sings, knows the story and mom's happy. God bless you

Ida - posted on 02/12/2010

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You really have to make finding the time to read a priority. Take a few minutes during baby feedings to read a verse or two. Do the same at nap time.Your job and focus is to impart the word and cover him. God will do the rest.

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I know the feeling, mine's only a couple weeks older then yours and he's ALWAYS on the go. I found that telling him the simple "stories" (like he'll hear in childrens church/ sunday school) and being very animated keeps his interest. Also my older sister hung on to my Bible rhymes stories for toddlers that I had when I was little (she cared enough to put it in her safe spot so it stayed clean and fresh and safe (from getting lost or ruined) for me) and it's my son's. Anyway Sometimes (if I have time before he falls asleep) I read him that instead of his regular bedtime story, or you can tell him while you're playing some of your favorites or even the ones you remember from your devotions! Good luck and God bless you and your young man! I hope this helps!

Stephanie - posted on 02/11/2010

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I will tell my girls bible stories that I know, like a story. Not reading it out of the bible because they have a hard time sitting still long enought but if I am telling them a story that I know in my heart they seem to listen more. It isn't really about the verse by verse but the concept of what Jesus/God has done in the story. Hope this helps.

Denise - posted on 02/11/2010

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I bought my son a "baby's first bible" when he was a year old. He loves books so naturally he fell in love with it. It isn't a bible in the traditional sense it but it is full of bible stories and lots of pictures. It makes it so much easier to read the bible to him. He's three now and while at the doctor the other day he pointed to a picture of Jesus surrounded by children and proudly (and excitedly) proclaimed "look Momma, there's Jesus!

Becky - posted on 02/11/2010

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I completely understand where you are coming from. In all honesty, I don't get to read the Bible to my daughter every day but I have been doing better now that I make it part of our bedtime routine: bath, jammies on, Bible reading, warm bottle, bed. We have a Beginner's Bible with colorful pictures that she loves (my baby is 7 mos. also). The chapters are really short, too, so it helps keep her attention. Good for you for starting this early with your son!

Janna - posted on 02/11/2010

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Do you have a child's Bible? It may be easier for you to read a few stories from there to your son and, he can look at the colorful pictures while you read. This way, you are still reading to him, teaching him about God. The stories are short so if you only have a few minutes at the end of a crazy day, you can still fit it in and he will have something to 'look at' while you read. I read to my niece (3 months) and she is very alert to the colors/pictures already! God Bless you!

Rhonda - posted on 02/11/2010

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Buy him the BABY BIBLES.Read to him before you put him to bed,when you wake him up,while yall are eating.I started reading Audies BABY BIBLES to him and due to me going back to school I stopped,believe it or not he started acting up in church and at school,I started taking the time at night to read him 2 or 3 stories and PRAISE GOD things are back to normal as we know it.You can get the short Blible story books at any bookstore.They are short versions of the REAL THING just right for their attention spain.I ASK GOD TO MAKE THE TIME FOR YOU TO READ THE WORD TO YOUR SON IN JESUS'NAME I PRAAY AMEN

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you could try and record your self on tape then you can pop one in when your busy doing something else i used to do that with my too and they used to really love it

Karen - posted on 02/10/2010

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Keep it simple. There's no harm in lots of repetition, and choosing simple Bible picture books teach key characters and values. Make it a part of every day chats, and I agree, let your son see you and hear you read the Bible, discuss the Bible and pray. As he gets older you can find a simple book to be more guided. I love "God and Me", but this is published by Total Learning in Australia, and am not sure if you'd be able to get it. But there will be something for you when you need it. Love and best wishes.

Robin - posted on 02/10/2010

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Use a time when both of you are still..like when you're rocking him to sleep. I find that a good time to get word inside me as well. Remember you never find the time,,you have to make the time.

Ma.theresa - posted on 02/10/2010

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Let him listen to gospel songs ...this require little effort on your part...play joyful music when she woke up to give him a happy mood...choose also a gospel song that has a slow beat to lull him to sleep like Casting crowns who am I

Jennifer - posted on 02/10/2010

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I never read to my kids, now 7, 4, and 1, from the bible per say but I would play the Christian Radio station (KLOVE) in their rooms. That way when they were in there they had God all around. Just a thought.

Angie - posted on 02/10/2010

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We do our Bible reading at breakfast every morning. I have 4 kids & have tried several different things, but for us this seems to work best. The kids eat & I read. Then I eat. Keep trying, you will find a time that works best for you. Hang in there & don't be to hard on yourself. Your son is blessed to have you for a Mommy.

Ruth - posted on 02/10/2010

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Get a childrens bible to read....they still have all the stories from the bible or see if you can find a childrens bible CD you can put on in the background. Playing Christian music is also a great way.
Always tell him "I love you", encourage, pray for him......
Blessings
Ruth

SHIRLEY - posted on 02/10/2010

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what i did and found it worked after they got a little older, was just repeating to them at that young age was, mommy loves you , daddy loves you and Jesus loves you. this went into their little hearts and minds and as they got 1, 2, &3yrs.they knew we loved them & so did Jesus,whom they wondered about & began asking about, then i began telling them about the man Jesus. keep reading scripture,whenever you can.

Christy - posted on 02/09/2010

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My church has a schedule on FB that allows you to read the whole Bible over a year's time. Search for it under The Amazing Race at Grace. If you are not on FB, then just go to the website, www.graceincranberry.org.



Also, you could read aloud while you are feeding him.

Candace - posted on 02/09/2010

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I know a lot of moms that read to there children when they are having breakfast or even just when the mom is reading herself...she just sits her son down in his highchair and reads away..hope this helps

Carlene - posted on 02/09/2010

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Nightlight Good Night Bible we read it ever night my little guy loves it. He will even read me the Stories now its awsome

Julie - posted on 02/09/2010

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You have time....when mine were that young we went by example. The stories entered in around age 2 or so; but even to this day (my kids are 7,8,10) they are full of Christ they live for church/church events....and every discipline, every situation (like when I had to explain to my daughter at age 4 about death) centered around God's teachings. I'll admit I didn't read a whole lot of bible to them....but the power of wanting to be like mom/dad when we gave the example plus a great church life has been the most powerful (along with prayer of course). Good luck!!!!

Tammy - posted on 02/09/2010

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Could you just incorporate a verse a day? Sometimes small doses make an impact and Sunday School and Church if possible will give your child a good foundation as he grows up. When mine were little I went to the Christian Bookstore and got a few little childrens books with Bible stories in them. It helped make it real and entertaining.

Tiffany - posted on 02/08/2010

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Take him to church every Sunday and bible school and sunday school and he will learn just as you did when you were growing up!
God Bless! Tiff :)

Erika - posted on 02/08/2010

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Don't beat yourself up trying to read so much out of the word to make sure the baby grows with that knowledge. Try this, even if you only have 5 minutes to do it throughout the day, open up the bible (in order to get him used to the bible) find a verse read it outloud to your child and talk about it, make it fun (ex. yeaaaah! the bible says Jesus loves me, Jesus loves you!) other times praise God, and other times you can go on your knees and say a prayer out-loud. Your children will imitate what you do. My daughter is now 3 yrs old and I witness her go on her knees at times in the day, close her eyes and talk to Jesus. She would take her bible and tell me to sit down because she wants to read. We have praise time, where we drop everything and start to praise God. Sometimes she would only go for 3 min and that's ok. Now my 9 month old son is getting into the habbit also. Try it and trust me he himself will take over at one point. God is good!

Danielle - posted on 02/08/2010

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i applaud you for wanting to introduce god at an early age. however a baby really cannot understand the concept simple through hearing scriptures. one tip you might try is singing songs about jesus and god before bed. my mother did that for me for the longest time and i still remember them all to this day and sing them to my kids. you could try jesus loves the little children or swing lo sweet chariot. most of the songs my mother used to sing were actually hymnals but there alot of different songs out there that tell of gods love but are still enjoyable for small children. eventually your child will have these songs memorized and you can slowly start to explain the meanings to these songs. its a great method because they will associate gods love and songs about jesus with their mother's love and closeness. voice of experience...it works! =)

Heather - posted on 02/08/2010

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Make it part of your bed time routine, we read the Bible each night before bed. We also do a devotional at the breakfast table.

Also remember that he learns the most from watching you. The more you read, pray and speak of God the more your child will grow in his faith.

Ashley - posted on 02/08/2010

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You might want to try something I do with my kids. When we are in the car I use the time to tell them "REAL STORIES" . I just recite a bible story in age appropriate language. They seem to like it. I've done it since they were tiny. They are now 3 and 5 and I'm surprised at how much sinks in.

Amy - posted on 02/07/2010

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My son used to have night mares as well as night terres. What we did was put on a CD of chirstian music. He would cry alot to be held. The music seemed to help but when the music stopped he would cry again. I had to get up every 3 or 4 hours and it did help. It was also nerve racking. I also prayed over my son. I also took him to Sunday School and church. He was in the nursery but also heard the word of God. God bless you. You are doing the right thing.

Victoria - posted on 02/07/2010

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Have you thought about buying a childrens bible or even a regular version of the bible on CD, you can play it in the car when you're out and about and play it in you sons room and about the house when your son in awake. Reading to him yourself when you have the time, exposing him to the word even when you don't. Even some childrens bible songs on CD & DVDs like veggitales are good too.

Sarah - posted on 02/07/2010

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What I did with my kids when they were little was before bed we would read a little and rock in the rocking chair as our nighttime routine. Often times during that time we would read out of a children's Bible (had fun pictures and simple Bible stories).

Lynnette - posted on 02/07/2010

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Recite verses you know. Paraphrase if needed. He won't know if you miss a word or two! Retell those great accounts (hate to call them stories!) from the Bible. At 7 months his understanding is limited so the most important is the attitude you have towards things of God. Don't forget to pray over him! Relax. Children catch more from watching than from hearing. Living our faith is absolutely vital or those words of Scripture ring hollow. Lynnette Church.

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