I made a deal with my kid…

31. October 2016 Parenting 1

I want my kids to know God’s word, right?

Psalm 119 is full of promises about the profitability of knowing (and doing!) God’s word.

  • How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. – Psalm 119:9
  • I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. – Psalm 119:11
  • My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word! – Psalm 119:25
  • My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word! – Psalm 119:28
  • I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me. – Psalm 119:30
  • Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in your word. – Psalm 119:74
  • Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105
  • The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever. – Psalm 119:160

Purity, life, strength, faithfulness, hope, light, truth – we want these for our kids, and in increasing measure!

But what do kids want?

In the case of my son, he wants to play his PS4.

So I made a deal with him: for every verse he memorized I give him a dollar. If he memorizes a chapter I double it.

He was stoked!!!

He tore into Psalm 1. He would go around the house saying it; wake me up whispering it; write it on his paper at school when he was through with his work.

He came home the other day and said, “I’m ready!”… and I filmed it. 🙂

What’s great is the extra blessing of him challenging me on my memory of the same scripture.

If you’re a parent, find out what draws out your child’s heart and meet them there.


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