Okay, so we’ve gone through some of the more “common” Bible stories for little ones, and I’ve decided to change up our format a bit. Because my Tuesday Tidbit is geared toward a young audience, I realized some of the meatier Bible stories were going to be a bit long for baby (and mama). So, instead of just focusing on a story, we’re going to start focusing on concepts that we can pull out of the Bible in a few key verses. And, what better concept to start with than the idea that God is with me. These lessons will be set up in a series, so today we’re going to focus on God being with us at home.
Our key verse is Psalm 127:1,
Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
We can pretty simply define a home as a place where a family lives. This place should be safe and sheltering. And, more specifically, the home that God designs is full of family, love, and God himself. Even a baby can relate to the idea of feeling safe in a loving and sheltering environment.
As parents, though, it is our responsibility to demonstrate this concept to our little ones. Just as the verse says, if the Lord isn’t in it, there is no use in building it. This is a great reminder to our littles (and us) that we need to bring God into everything we do, especially our homes.
To illustrate this concept, we can talk about how God provides our homes to live in as well as our families to love each other. But it’s important to acknowledge that God is who truly makes a house, a building or structure, a home, a place full of love and obedience.
To reinforce the scripture, I plan to create a house out of basic shapes with Grace, again writing the key verse on our creation. Drawing a family somewhere in or around the home is another good reminder that our homes are places where God wants us to act like loving families and be obedient.
God is always with us, especially in our homes when we act in accordance with his will. I hope you share this concept with your little one and make it a priority to create a home that is centered on God’s love.