Family Time in the Laurel Wood: Nativity

Welcome to the first of my weekly Family Time in the Laurel Wood posts! It is my prayer that you will find some helpful ideas to incorporate God’s Truths into everyday family life whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle………….with whoever you call “family”.

God’s word has commanded us as parents and caretakers of our children to teach and instill His word, His truths into their hearts and lives. In Deuteronomy 11:19 He says, ” Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home, when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” In other words, take every opportunity to speak of God’s love, laws and truths in everyday life to the children you have been entrusted to care for!

We live in a busy, busy, busy world! Our lives are full of activity and sometimes the simpler ways of life get lost in the hustle and bustle. Yet God give us instructions to live our lives and to teach our children so there must be a way we need to make it happen.

Here in this week before Christmas I’d like to share with you a simple way, a fun way to talk of the things of God with your children. It’s the time of year that children of all ages are enamored by Christmas lights! So, when you are driving around, whether to day care, school, the next sporting event or sleepover, play a little game with the children in your car (maybe you can even offer a prize to the winner). See who can count the most Nativity scenes they see displayed. Ask what they notice about each one. For younger children they name the different animals. For older ones see if the notice both shepherd and wise men Ask if they know why we call it a nativity? Listen to their answers. Then explain that the word nativity simply means the birth of a person. It can include facts about the person’s birth as well. Who ever knew that we actually have “nativity” announcements in secular newspapers………let’s see them declare those unconstitutional! Ask the why they think the word “Nativity” iis used for the scene of Jesus’ birth? What made this particular “Nativity” so amazing? Then later that same day carve out time to read the story of that very special Nativity in Luke 2:1-21 or Matthew 1:18-2:12. Ask them what they notice that the Bible (the whole Truth) says and what is the same or different in the Nativity scenes they counted.

If carving out time to sit and read it just seems impossible, then take some time to write it out on 3×5 cards, if you have a child of reading age in the car with you, let him/her read the story on the cards while you’re driving. Each day you can count something different within the Nativity scenes and later talk about that and read something of it in God’s word. For instance: were there really 3 Magi or do we assume there were 3 because the Bible tells us there were 3 gifts brought to Jesus by the Magi? ( see Matthew 2:1-12) Spend some time talking about the dangers of just assuming certain things about what God says in His Word See if they can think of other examples, like “God helps those who help themselves” (not in the Bible, by the way)

So this week spend some time in your own “walking down the road” which more than likely contains 4 wheels, a car seat or seatbelts and a rush to be on time, and teach your children or grandchildren the beauty of God’s word wrapped up in the flesh of Jesus! Be blessed, and let me know what you discover! I would love to hear your experiences with this or some of your ideas!

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