Is there anything more comfy than curling up in bed with a good book? Well, yes, sometimes there probably is! But, a bedtime story as part of a bedtime routine is very special. It’s a pleasant end to the day. It’s non screen time. Books are low tech. They lend themselves to curling up with your child and sharing time with each other.
There are so many great children’s story books to choose from. As children get older stories can become longer – a chapter or two a night. Even when children can comfortably read independently you can still read to them.
There are some really great Children’s Bible story books that can be used at bedtime. You can read a regular storybook first and then the Bible story book and then pray.
Here are a few bible story books to choose from – there are others too – but these are books that I’ve used and enjoyed reading…
It isn’t quite time for Christmas – but if you want to get a head start on advent this is a ‘make your own advent calendar’. One symbol for each day with a Bible verse to read as a family. It’s simple, easy and do-able.
Print the symbols onto card and cut out. Place each one in an envelope with the number on the outside, add small treats to the envelope too. Put up some string or ribbon and use pegs or paper clips to attach the symbol each day during advent. You can leave the symbols black and white or colour them each day. There are Christmas themed Bible verses to read that begin with Old Testament prophecies and go through the Christmas story. It’s only the reference that is written on the calendar – I think it’s great when we open the Bible up to read.
When our children were small we’d have eaten the chocolate treat either at breakfast or straight after school and read the Bible verses at bedtime. But if you can fit in the Bible verses at breakfast that’s great.
If we are Christians we want the LORD to be the builder of our house – our family. But how does this happen in everyday life? How does it fit in with making packed lunches, getting to swimming lessons, chicken pox, tantrums and homework? This blog is to encourage us to have Jesus at the centre of family life in the everyday. To build our homes and our families in such a way that our efforts are not in vain.
Something to read and think about..read together as a family at a time that suits you..
A song of ascents. Of Solomon.
1 Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. 2 In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves.
3 Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. 5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.