Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Thoughts to make your heart sing

'Why has so little attention ever been given to the devotional lives of children? Of course we should be doing all the standard things: teaching them the catechism, including them in family devotions, helping them participate in worship. But encouraging a child to develop his or her devotional life has long been a missing piece that has direct effect on whether a child grows up with a balanced spiritual life.

By that I mean it is all to easy to concentrate on data-transmission to our children. Of course, laying down a foundation of biblical truths, Bible memorisation, and doctrinal basics is very important. Somehow, however, the experiential side of a relationship with God is often neglected, so that by the time children reach their teens, they are woefully lopsided- long on information, but short on experience of God's presence.

While one book is not enough by itself to correct the imbalance, 'Thoughts to Make the Heart Sing' may be the best, first introduction for children to have their own time with Jesus

.....Although designed for children, these are thoughts to make all our hearts sing.'

Tim Keller from the Forward to 'Thoughts the Make the Heart Sing' by Sally Lloyd Jones

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