00. Lessons from Elijah: devotions for teaching children – introduction

For children’s workers and parents – make God’s Word exciting for youngsters in home, Sunday School class, assembly programs, church, and children’s hour.

The best place to start is at home

Lessons I taught my children

When my children were small, I struggled to teach them from God’s word daily. I didn’t always accomplish this, but it was a constant goal. I tried to plan ahead, using either material written by someone else, or my own thoughts.

I found it most beneficial to them when I shared on their level the things God was teaching me in my own life. When I did, my enthusiasm and excitement made the material come alive for my children. Most of my own thoughts and devotions were items that were fresh on my heart, and I usually didn’t write them down before sharing with my children.

However, I do have a few things that I wrote to share with them. Perhaps these items will give you some ideas to develop your own devotional scenarios with your children from the things God is teaching you.

The devotions here are mostly in question format. I tried to arouse my children’s curiosity and stimulate their participation with questions. Between the lines, we had opportunity for discussion and learning as we shared together.

I wrote the Lessons From Elijah devotions while I was in Bible Study Fellowship studying the material on the major and minor prophets of the Bible.

Next – Lesson 1: How big is God?

I chose the Contemporary English Version as the default translation for Lessons from Elijah. Its easy reading and accurate translation make the CEV an ideal version for children. For more information, see A Bible for children.