5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Sometimes I also read another version, The Message –
Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got! Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.
These verses are from the Old Testament in The Bible. The Bible is split into two parts, The Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament was written before Jesus. There’s a story in the New Testament where someone asked Jesus what the most important commandment was & Jesus responded to love God and then to love others. (Basically all 10 commandments fit under that umbrella) so to think through our lives we can simplify things and work on loving God and loving others. These are the things we can talk about with our kids on the road, at night, etc.
What do you do to incorporate Jesus into your everyday life with your kids, balancing work and family? How do you live out the verse above? If you don’t have kids, but have some ideas, share too! Leave a comment with your email and you could win the Kids’ Quest Study Bible for your family or to give away to a family who doesn’t have one!
Every week on Wednesdays, I’ll post an idea or way to help you take next steps with Jesus as a family. Check back for the comments ~