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7 simple ways to incorporate the Bible into our home 

7 simple ways to incorporate the Bible into our home

The Christian life goes far beyond Sunday morning or other meetings with the congregation. It is easy to honor God as a family; reading, listening, and thinking about the application of His Word from the chair or pew when everyone is (usually) on their best behavior. 

Just as we eat at least three meals a day and strive to consume enough water to keep our bodies healthy, we must strive to incorporate the Bible into our home to support our family. 

Allow me to share 7 simple ways to incorporate the Bible into our home today, which do not include paintings with verses on the walls, although this also has its place and benefit in our home. 

Consider your family situation

Before sharing these simple ways, I want to keep in mine that everyone’s family situation is probably different. So you must consider the particularities of your family, and make the necessary adjustments. 

If your husband is not a believer, these things will not be a priority for him; Even so, you can practice them with caution and being able to bless him as well. 

Likewise, if you are a single mother, you will have more responsibility than if you have your husband exercising spiritual leadership over your family. 

If you are married, I invite you to share these ideas with your husband and, in love, encourage him if necessary so that he can begin to apply them with you. 

You will also have to adjust some depending on whether you have children at home or not, and their ages; this will help you set realistic expectations for each practice.

7 simple ways to incorporate the Bible into our home 

Now let’s look at the ideas and let me know in the comments which ones you already use and what this looks like in your home. 

Make your quiet time a priority

We have many responsibilities to fulfill, but we must make a priority our time in the Word and prayer.

In addition to having all the benefits for our personal lives. We will be modeling for our children and other family members the importance that should be given to the Word as an individual. 

If you need a guide to grow in your devotional time, you can read more here and download the guide below.

Establish a family devotional time

Before you start to feel anxious about what to do, stop. By this, I mean being intentional about setting aside time for all the family members, to read the Bible, worship, and pray together. 

According to the age of your family, determine the duration, how many verses to read, etc. In our family, we usually do it during breakfast, on days when we are not all there at this time, then we do it at night. 

We read a portion of the Bible, meditate on it, pray for the needs of family, church, friends and sing the chorus of a worship song or a hymn.

I want to remind you something, at the beginning of establishing this practice it will be difficult for everyone, but do not give up. As time goes by, it will get easier. 

Exercise a gospel centered discipline

Especially if you have children, it is vital that the Bible and the Gospel are an essential part of our discipline process. 

When we exercise a gospel centered discipline, we are teaching our kids that the principles by which we live are not ours, but God’s. 

Take advantage of opportunities to explain to your children what grace is, how you show it to them, and how God has shown it to us through Christ. 

If you would like to learn more about this topic, we recommend the following resources:

Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Revised and Updated
By Tedd Tripp
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Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family
By Paul David Tripp
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Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments

Look for answers in the Bible before Googling it

We homeschool, and I know sometimes our kids ask too many questions

I also know from my experience that, whether due to fatigue or impatience, it could be easier or more practical depending on their age to tell them to ask someone else, Alexa, or search it on Google. 

This strategy can be useful for mathematical or periodic table problems. But on many occasions we can take advantage of those moments of curiosity or uncertainty that arise thanks to our children’s questions and even our own to teach, apply or review biblical principles. 

It all can take a different direction with a simple: “Let’s think about what we have learned in the Bible.” or “What biblical story reminds you of this event?”

Educate with a biblical worldview

Worldview means the way of seeing and interpreting the world. Having a biblical worldview means that we understand events in the natural world according to what we learn about God and his creation through the Bible. 

Doing this sounds very complicated, but it starts with applying what you have been learning from God and keeping the truths revealed in His Word in the front of our mind. In our family, giving more weight to those truths than other theories or wordly positions. 

For example, when we watch the news. We not simply see the events of the day, but we can see the sinful nature of man, our need for Salvation, and that full redemption is only possible on the last day. 

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Apply what you learn in church

This is perhaps the easiest way to take what we have learned in the church, as a congregation, to our home, as a family. If we participate in Bible studies by age, on the way home, we ask each other: what did you learn today?

Even if we all participate in the same service or study, we ask everyone to share what they learned, remember or questions they had.  Other ways to keep the conversation going could be: what caught your attention the most? Do you have questions left?

For the little ones, having them answer which song they liked the most is a way of bringing the biblical truth of service to the home. In the coming days, months and even years, we will be able to apply those truths and principles to our days. 

Make decisions based on the Word

Our days are full of decisions, and we can take many things into consideration to decide one thing or another. 

Usually, we make a list of the benefits and disadvantages to then evaluate, sometimes we include the time factor to then make a well-considered decision. 

As believers, we must do this, but without forgetting to consider the principles of the Word and what will be best for the personal, family, and church spiritual growth and health. 

Let us begin by applying the Word to what we do every day and teach our family members to do the same.

In Real Life

I have shared ideas with you that we use in our family. We do not do it perfectly, but every day we try to grow in the way the Bible is present in our home. 

Our goal, and I hope it is yours too, is that we can enjoy the refresh and rebuke that the Word of God provides us.  

As you read these ideas, you may come to one of two conclusions. First, you don’t do any of them. Second, while reading, you have identified those that you already practice and those that you can improve. 

Are you in the first group? Start with idea number 1, make your quiet time a priority. You cannot give what you do not know, and if you try to do the others without frequently feeding on the Word, it will be very difficult for you. 

If you are in the second group, look at the composition of your home, the stages they are in, and ask God for direction on what will be most effective or what your family needs the most. 

Conclusion

If we believe that the Bible is the Word of God and we long to live for Him, we must be intentional. Not only to study and read the Bible, but also in putting it into practice in our personal lives and our families. 

After some time practicing these ideas, it will be easier for you to keep the Bible present in your home and help your family to grow in the knowledge of God and His Word. 

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