You probably know him as God, I AM who I AM. But do you also know He is El Roi, the God who sees; El Shaddai, God Almighty; El Elyon, The Most High? In fact, God is so great that it takes over 700 names to TRY to contain all that He is.
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For the past few months, for our family devotions/Bible time, we have been reading through a book I learned about from Average Housewife. God's Names by Sally Michael is an exceptionally well-written look at 24 key names of God. Although it is a children's book, it is packed with spiritual truths for any age.
Each chapter introduces one name of I AM, references a story in the Bible that helps to explain that name, and ends with a few discussion/reflection questions and a short activity.
In addition to practicing our weekly verse from our Well Versed Kids pack, each night at the dinner table, we read half of a chapter of God's Names and briefly discuss how this name of God applies in our own lives. It is my desire that as my children begin to learn these names and titles of the Living God, they will each be able to see Him as ALL IN ALL...everything they need.
Before we began this particular study, I made a simple drawing of a burning bush with Exodus 3:14a written across it and hung it in our entryway. I also cut out a handful of leaves on various patterns of green scrapbook paper.
Every two or three days when a chapter is completed, one of the kids gets to pick a green leaf, write the name of God featured in that chapter, and attach it to the bush. Since we are almost done with the book, our bush is quite covered with Names. I am hoping that by the end of this study together, our hearts and minds will be too!
We have enjoyed the book so much, that we probably read the sequel, God's Promises, in the months to come.
*We do not do an official Bible Time during the school day. Instead, we start each day with personal devotions and anxiously await dinner time when we can study the Word as a family.