Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commmandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:5-7
Since Cam was born, I began reading, "Heaven is for Real, For Little Ones." I found this board book at Target and figured I'd give it a try after falling in love with the "Heaven is For Real" memoir. The pictures are bright and simple, and pages durable enough for infants to touch and feel. Cam loved this book, and we tried to read it in his rocking chair before bed at least a couple of times a week when he was a baby.
A couple of weeks ago, I felt he needed something a little more, (for my sake as well!) and found the "Jesus Calling" Bible Storybook we use now. I can't say enough great things about this book, as it has beautiful illustrations, short but accurate stories for kids (and toddlers), and always ends with a verse from the bible and paragraph devotion for kids.
Cam has absolutely fell in love with bible story time. Sometimes, he even goes and grabs it from the bed to look at during the day! After we read the story, we allow him a chance to look at the pictures and talk about everything he sees. So far, we are very interested in the moon, baby, grass, and camels. OH boy;) We always talk about who is on the cover of his book as I am trying so hard to get him to learn to say "Jesus!"
Not only is he learning about God's word, but it is a great way to wind down for the night and cue him that it is about bedtime and lights out!
While I am so pleased with our selection in books, there looked to be so many great ones as I researched! I actually have two that my mom used to read to my siblings and I that I plan to alternate after we finish the one we are reading now. Let me know if you guys have any favorites, I'd love to hear!
We are also trying to teach him to say a bedtime prayer and say a blessing before meals. He is catching on quick as he always slaps those precious hands together to talk to God, and is always ready to clap at the end;) Talk about a proud mommy right here!