We relished in the fact that WE were protected! Protected by the screen and our decision to be in the screen room and not running for protection from the little allergy creators!
Tom said "you know watching this reminds me of how we are protected by the screen room just as we are protected by God's Word". Then we progressed that thought into HOW to STAY protected by God's Word and compare it to everyday necessary tasks that adults and children complete.
God's Word is like our armor - our protection from the "world"... Ephesians 6:10-17
"Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, like armor on your chest, and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word."
How do we teach our children to put on that armor everyday? How do we teach them the importance of God's Word and how the "bad stuff" comes in easier when we are NOT spending time with God and protecting ourselves?
Here is a simple list that may help
1. Along side their "chore chart" make a list of the pieces of the full armor of God... BELT OF TRUTH
BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
SHOD THEIR FEET
SHIELD OF FAITH
HELMET OF SALVATION
SWORD OF THE SPIRIT
Then explain each one very simply - help them remember to read the list daily before they go to school...to prepare them for the day.
They are protecting themselves from the "bad stuff" and prepares them in knowing where to turn when they need answers.
2. If you have a garden, vegetables or flowers, and you have had the children help you weed them - that is a great lesson in keeping out the bad stuff! The flowers and the veges do so much better without the weeds! Staying in God's Word helps to keep the "bad stuff" away. Just like cleaning their room and their desk at school. You have to stay on it to keep it the way it should be.
3. When your child is bathing at night it is a wonderful time to read the Bible to them. Picking out verses and reading them and then relating the verse to their life. Tell a story based on the verse, ask you child what that means to them and go from there. As they are bathing, brushing their teeth, brushing their hair etc you can relate that to the importance of "staying in the Word". What would happen if you didn't bathe, brush your teeth, brush your hair, everyday?
If you don't stay in the Word and keep God in your daily conversations it is easy to try to do things on your own and not realize you are stepping away from a loving Father, who is full of hope, grace and mercy. You may find that the "weeds" are finding their way in.....