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Thursday, November 14, 2013

10 Faith-Building Christmas Gifts for Kids



"Mom, I know what I want for Christmas," my daughter proclaimed one afternoon.

"Oh yea," I said.  "What's that?"

"A leather-bound Bible," came her eager reply. "I know I already have a Bible, but it's beginning to fall apart and I'd really like a leather one."

And while this is not the typical wish list of most nine-year-old girls, it's not surprising that a new Bible is only one of three items my daughter has added to hers.  

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Why am I not surprised that in a society wrought with entitlement issues and "I've got to have the next big thing" attitude my nine-year-old desires a Bible for Christmas? Because Scripture reminds me in Galatians 6:7 that whatever I sow, I will reap.

For the past nine years of parenthood, The Hubs and I have made it a priority to cultivate a passion for God and His Word in our children...to sow a love for God in order that we will have the blessing of reaping a love for God. We have, certainly, not been perfect in our attempts. There have been many times when we have helped to water an attitude of GIMME in our children. But, with a heart to see them SEEK AFTER GOD WITH ABANDON, we have prayerfully sought intentional ways to develop a passion and love for Him within our home.

Last year, I shared one of the ways we cultivate faith when I mentioned our Christmas Gift of Myrrh. This treasured tradition has opened the door to building an eagerness...a delight...in learning of God. We have seen our children get just as excited over receiving a new Bible or a worship CD for Christmas as they have when unwrapping the latest IT toy. Why? Because we place value on gifts that have value....long-term, eternal value.

Since beginning our Myrrh pattern, we have given many faith-building gifts. Some have been more successful than others at fostering a desire to know more about God and His Word. While this is not an exhaustive list, here are my TOP 10 faith-building presents for kids.

  • The Big Picture Story Bible- This children's story book Bible recounts the unified theme of God's love and redemptive work throughout the entirety of Scripture. I highly recommend this story book Bible for anyone...man, woman, or child...who wants to know about God's big picture plan for mankind.
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible- As the subtitle suggest, this slightly more-wordy story book shows how every story in Scripture whispers the name of Jesus.
  • Seeds Family Worship CDs- This collection of 9 CDs is based entirely on Scripture. The upbeat, uplifting songs will no-doubt solidify Scriptural truth into the hearts and minds of your kids for years to come. 
  • Go Fish CDs- What do you get when you cross three dads and a desire to sing kid-friendly worship music...THE GO FISH GUYS! My kids love these CDs. We watch one of the GO FISH YouTube music videos at least once a week. So, it's not surprising that The Hubs and I have given many Go Fish gifts over the years.
  • The Hear Me Read Bible- While this is not a phonetically-based reader Bible, it is the closest thing I have ever been able to find for early readers to be able to enjoy reading Scripture stories all by themselves.
  • Adventures in Odyssey Eyewitness Collector's Set- As a homeschool mom, I'm not always a fan of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series as I think some of the story lines are more geared to public school dilemmas. However, I absolutely love the Eyewitness series which chronicles "eyewitness" accounts of Biblical events. The kids typically listen to these on long car rides or at bedtime. (One of my boys is getting the Adventures in Odyssey Truth Chronicles this year for his Myrrh Gift. It is a series of episodes designed to develop a Biblical World View.)

  • What the Bible is All About Handbook for Kids- My daughter poured over this eclectic book for an entire year until it finally tore into three big chunks of book. It was a great introduction for basic Bible knowledge/background.

  • Bible Trivia for Kids- We rarely ever play the game by the rules. We have the trivia question cards stashed in our minivan. They're a great addition to "family devos on the go" when we are taking long trips. By asking simple trivia questions, we have opened the floodgates for wonderfully thoughtful conversations of faith.
Budgeting for gifts of Myrrh each year has, at times, been a sacrifice. But, as the saying goes, you can tell a lot about a person's priorities by looking at their checkbook. It is with humble hearts that we sow faith-building gifts in our home knowing that God can and will multiply our "seeds". And, Lord willing,we will reap a heritage of faith for generations to come.

12 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness....THANK YOU for this list! It is literally an answer to prayer. I'm so excited and relieved. Just very recently found your blog and am so thankful. You have such a gentle spirit and awesome creative (but well-planned) ideas. Thank you for using your sparse spare time to share with the world. Blessings, jennifer

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    1. Thanks so much for such kind words, Jennifer. My blog is my ministry. It allows me to go into all the world every day. So, I am committed to being committed to it...to the best that my schedule allows. I'm so glad it has been a blessing!

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  2. Thank you! My daughter has the Jesus Story Book Bible, but wants her own "real" bible. I was having a difficult time trying to figure out what to get her that would last past first grade. Your list really helps a lot!.

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    1. My current favorite REAL Bible for kids (chapter and verse) is the NIRV Discovery Bible for Kids. It is true Scripture but in plain English for elementary aged kids.

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  3. Thank you so much again for ALWAYS putting out a blog worth reading. You go straight to the point & state the reasoning behind each point in a non-judgmental manner. I ALWAYS learn something from your blogs and posts. THANK YOU.
    (Allow me to share with you my favorite that appealed to my boys greatly. Hope you'll have the time to check it out for your boys when they get to that age group 8-12 y.o. It's the "Luke 2:52 series." It has devotionals, topic studies and an NIV bible.)

    Sheila ♫♪

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  4. We have loved The Big Picture Story Bible and Jesus Storybook Bible as Christmas presents too. Our kids received an early Christmas present from visiting in-laws this year, "What's in the Bible? with Buck Denver" and they are amazing!!! My kids are singing a song from the series right now!

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  5. My son loves his Jesus Storybook Bible! I highly recommend it! The 'more wordy' part is wonderful and really appeals to my 6 year old!

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  6. Thank you for reminding me of what is most important, before I get so caught up in the material side of the season. I really needed this. Bless you!

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  7. Great list- thanks so much for posting. I have to say, as a homeschooling mom, I love Odyssey. I haven't come across many (or any) episodes that deal with school related issues. We've learned so much about the Bible, virtues, history... I'd recommend all the episodes! Wish it was Canadian based so we could get the Canadian History:)

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    1. Many of them ARE great. There are a few of the CD sets that focus on social issues that just don't ever seem to apply to my kids.

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    2. I agree. They don't apply to mine either , which is why I avoid it. But you mentioned the eyewitness, what is it?

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