Update: The winner of the giveaway is Kate! If you didn’t win but would still like to get the book, just follow the links in this post! Thanks to all who entered!
I often have people ask me what my strategies are for getting in Bible study time while I have three kids. The truth is, Bible reading and prayer time have been two of my biggest struggles as a Christian parent. Since I had kids, I have felt like my study time is short and somewhat distracted or, in some phases of motherhood, non-existent.
So, I wanted to share a resource with you that helps make Bible reading and prayer do-able for a busy mama. It’s called Praying Through the Bible for Your Kids by Nancy Guthrie. I honestly don’t even remember how I ran across this book or what made me order it, but here are a few things that I love about it.
First, it doubles as a plan for reading through the Bible in one year. Each day of your devotional has a suggested reading passage from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament, and a reading from Psalms and Proverbs. I grabbed a small Bible that I had on my shelf and am underlining each section as I read it. I’m a visual person, and so seeing what I’ve read so far is a good motivator for me. Plus, it helps me focus a little bit more on what I’m reading if I underline at the same time.
The book has a devotional thought for each day of the year that is related to Christianity and parenting. I like these because they are linked to one of the passages I have just read, and they aren’t fluffy or touchy-feely. They are straightforward calls to holiness and a genuine Christian life, and they help me to remember that what I say and do and who I am matters to these little people that I love.
At the end of each day, there is a short written prayer to use as a guide in praying for our kids. I don’t usually like “canned” prayers, but I appreciate these a lot because they help me pray for my kids in more creative ways, especially in specific areas of spiritual growth. I sometimes feel like I end up reciting the same prayers over and over again, but with this book I’m inspired to pray in ways that I hadn’t really thought of before.
Finally, I like this book because if you are having a crazy hectic day and you can’t do all of the suggested Bible reading, you can still spend a couple of minutes in the word and praying for your kids. A short time of study is better than none at all, and I find that even just a few minutes in God’s word makes me want more. This book helps you develop the habit of Bible reading and gives you a specific plan to help you as you go.
If you are a mother who struggles to know how to organize your Bible reading or how to find time to pray for your kids, this book will help you immensely. In fact, I love it so much that I’m going to give a copy to one of my readers! Just leave a comment. Any comment will do! For an extra five entries, go to my Facebook page and share this post with your friends! The giveaway will end on Monday, September 4th.
If you don’t want to wait for the giveaway, order a copy here. This book would also make a fabulous gift for all the moms in your life! Good luck and check back next week to see if you won!