“…bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 7:3
Oh, the early days of motherhood, who can remember it all? In all honesty, in the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing. So, I did what most anxious new moms do: I searched for a manual. In my case, I read a book about motherhood.
I still remember what it said, “Mothers pray that our God helps you raise your children to know, love and fear him.” Those words have stuck with me and every time I pray for my children.
As I meditated with this prayer, I thought of what I was going to do to make it a reality in my children’s lives. My spouse and I often talk about our first ministry being our family. We cannot fall into the delusion that Sunday school is intended to release us from our own parental responsibilities of developing our children’s spiritual knowledge.
Since I was already teaching my son his basic letters, numbers and shapes, I thought of ways to include biblical application. I also had run across this idea, alphabet scripture flashcards, through a YouTube video and thought, “YES please!”
As I mentioned in previous posts, my household has one income, so I sought out ways to make this project my own.
I used cardstock 8.5×11 inch paper from Wal-Mart and cut them in half. Using color pencils, markers and crayons, I had fun with it. I drew out an object that matched a letter in the alphabet along with the first letter in a bible verse.
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Here are my “alphabet verses”. I hope that these help you as you strive to raise children who LOVE, KNOW, and FEAR the Lord.
A – …as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
B – …be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
C – Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Ephesians 6:1
D – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God. Philippians 4:6
E – Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice. Psalms 55:17
F – For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
G – Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast, love endures forever. Psalm 136:1
H – Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses. Proverbs 10:12
I – In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
J – Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8
K – Keep his commandments and obey him. Deuteronomy 13:4
L – Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5
M – My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow. John 10:27
N – Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
O – O, give thanks to the lord; for he is good; for his mercy endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34
P – Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:11
Q – Quick to listen, slow, to speak, and slow to become angry. James 1:19
R – Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16
S – Seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added onto you. Matthew 6:33
T – Trust the Lord your God, with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
U – Unto us a Child is born, unto us a son is given. Isaiah 9:6
V – Very early in the morning, long before sunrise, Jesus went to the place where he could be alone and pray. Mark 1:35
W – Wait for the Lord. Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Isaiah 9:6
X – Exalt the Lord, our God, and worship on his holy Mountain. For the Lord, our God is holy. Psalm 99:9
Y – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
Z – Zacchaeus, hurry down! Today is my day to be a guest in your home. Luke 19:5