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  • Writer's pictureGina Stinson

Choosing a Family Verse

We are spending this week talking about ways to make this school year less stressful and chaotic. Mornings and evenings are tough times for parents and kids as they navigate the days events. Here's another tip for more peace at home during the school week:

Tip #2: Choose a family verse. You know your family better than anyone—the struggles, the temptations, the fears, the victories. Together sit down and find a verse that can become your family verse.

Why? The Bible is truth. We live in a day and age where we don't know who to listen to and who to believe. We need to remind and instill in ourselves and our kids the authority, truth and holiness of God's Word. By choosing a family verse you are teaching your children that the Word of God has a place of authority in your lives. You are teaching them that God's word can be trusted and believed. You are modeling for them the go-to-process for times of fear, sorrow, temptation, victory, thankfulness and more. You are also teaching them how to fight their battles with the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17.)

Once you've picked your verse, talk about it with your family, write it out and post it in a place everyone will see it everyday (probably the refrigerator or the mirror.) Post it somewhere in your car. Begin memorizing it. Go over it each day as a family: while you're driving, at mealtime or at bedtime. Make talking about this verse as routine as asking them how there day was.

Some questions you can ask: 1. How did you use our family verse today? 2. How can our family verse help you with your struggle? 3. How did the family verse help you today?

Scripture comes alive when we realize how applicable it is to your daily lives. Becoming more aware and using it daily teaches our children how relevant God's word is today.

Alternate Application: Your family verse may need to change over time—maybe weekly or depending on what your family is dealing with. Don't be afraid to change it up. The most important thing is that you are teaching them it is our #1 source of truth. Let's reclaim the scripture for our children!

PS: This activity was written for families with kids at home, but don't be fooled! Empty nesters, grandparents and adult children—everyone— faces battles and fears and temptations everyday. Just because the kids are out of the house or you're a grown up now, doesn't mean you don't need scripture to help you fight your battles. Choose a verse and claim it for yourself!

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