“I’m looking for a Bible study to do with my 14 yr. old daughter each day before she heads off to school. Any suggestions?”
What a wonderful goal!! I sure hope we get lots of great ideas from everyone to help with this one. Parents everywhere can glean from such info, and we all need encouragement to be regularly studying the Word with our older children. Often we get intimidated once the simple, familiar Bible stories are “outgrown” and our children become young adults. But now, more than ever, they need the Word. They are bombarded with questions and challenges. Daily they are confronted with issues of character, life choices, morality, and weighty matters. Getting into the habit of looking at the Word together is wonderful – downright vital!
I haven’t used any published study guides (the fill-in the blank type of workbook) with my kids. If anyone has, please send us the info! Here are a couple of ideas from my experience.
In our home, group devotions often center around a simple verse which we are memorizing together. In the process of memorizing we discuss the meaning of the verse, talk about general practical application, and then apply it directly to situations in our lives. (We also use it for vocab and spelling, if anyone would like to add those ideas as well.)
If you have struck upon a topic or issue that is particularly vital or interesting, extend your study of it. Branch out by studying additional related verses through cross-referencing with a cross-reference Bible or an online source such as bible.crosswalk.com. If that doesn’t yield much, or if your appetite has been whetted for more indepth study, go to a concordance and look up key words. For instance, if you are studying the concept of “work and industry” start with Proverbs 6:6-11. After looking at that for a few days, you could go to the concordance and look up “sluggard”, a key word used in that passage. Or “lazy”, a synonym for “sluggard”.
Nave’s Topical Bible is also a great resource, listing scriptures in categorized fashion. You can look up “sluggard” and find several scriptures related to that topic. If you don’t own Nave’s you can find it free online at bible.crosswalk.com. Simply click on “Concordances” listed under “Bible Study Tools”.
Reading a book together is another possible approach (I am referring to books centered around the scriptures in this case.) A book which is worth studying together with anyone at any time is Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. I am doing that now with a group of friends. We meet weekly. The text provides a springboard for discussion of scriptures. For a daily routine, read a page or two together each morning, taking time to discuss the scriptures introduced. There is enough material there to take you through months of study together. It will help establish your daughter in a Biblical worldview.
I hope our readers can supply more ideas, more book titles, more sources, etc. We are all facing varied situations. Consequently, we need lots approaches from which to choose, so – bring on your suggestions!
I highly commend parents who are seeking to be diligent in study of the Word with their children. There is no greater legacy to pass on to them than a love and regard for the Word of God. I pray for grace to be your portion and great success to be your reward!