the board of truth

Back in the day, when we younger, thinner, and less wrinkled, Rich made me a little book: The Book of Truth.

It was filled from cover-to-cover with bible verses which all proclaimed my identity in Christ. I needed my thinking to be reconfigured with God’s truth, and filling my mind with those bible verses was one way that helped to recalibrate my thinking in line with God’s. That’s the simple command that Paul gives in Romans 12 when he tells the church to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Of course the journey continues forever, this side of eternity. There are new aspects of God, and my identity in Him, that I need to re-engage with, or learn afresh, on a regular basis. There are some days where living in God’s truth feels a lot harder than others. I’m guessing maybe you feel the same.

I’ve been thinking about how we are helping our kids to walk in their true identity as God’s kids. We aim to read the bible every evening with our kids. This usually happens. But at the end of a long day, when everyone is feeling a bit cream-crackered, it can sometimes feel like a bit of a ticking-the-box thing, or a passing-on-information-thing. There is definitely some value in this, and the kids are picking up foundational truths. But I know from my own life that if the word isn’t applied, and if it doesn’t take root in my heart, it doesn’t really make any lasting difference: it just remains as head-knowledge.

We want the Holy Spirit to speak to our kids as they read the word, and we want to help equip them to apply God’s truth in their real, everyday, normal life. Because that’s where it has power to bring about transformation.

So a little bit similar to the Book of Truth, we have now developed the Board of Truth.  Just outside their room they have a chalkboard – with each of their names written on it. We have been writing little messages next to each name, which has a simple key truth they are currently reading through, or thinking about it in the bible, and how it applies to them right now.

I do not have nice, neat writing, so you probably can’t read very well what I’ve written in the picture below… but this gives the general idea. Esther actually re-worded her “truth” on this one, as she didn’t feel what I’d initially written accurately represented her key truth ( 🙂 )

board of truth

My hope is that this will help them absorb, and live out more fully what they are learning, rather than forget about it, and move on. It also helps us grown-ups to think more consciously about whether or not we are helping them to apply truth.

It’s just one very simple idea

How about you? – I’d love to hear any creative ways you have as you disciple your kids – we might “borrow” a few of them!

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9 thoughts on “the board of truth

  1. Anna. Thanks so much for this. Wanting to help my kids (and me!) grow in their identity in Christ beyond head knowledge and to live our lives from a strong identity in Him is something my heart yearns for. It’s great to see such an encouraging and simple example of a way to disciple them. Thanks for sharing: it may catch on (if I can find a location for a board!).
    Our family discipleship includes 2 disciplines of thankfulness: a weekly ‘appreciate day’ (we all find something about each other to appreciate and share it over Sunday dinner); and a regular ‘what are we thankful to God for today?’ chat.

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  2. Great post Anna! We developed a habit of thanking God each day on the walk/ drive to school. Even if one of them was so grumpy they refused to do it on a particular morning – the rest of us would. This has become a great habit – even if I forget on a particularly hectic morning – they will usually remember.
    Now Bethany has just started High School and walks the first part on her own before meeting her friends and she often says as she leaves the house – I will pray as I walk Mummy! Forming family habits can be a great way to be intentional about things. :0)

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  3. It was also great at dealing with those ‘grumpy’ mornings – thinking of what to say thank you for. Like I say didn’t always work and sometimes had to be careful not to make it a point of battle!!

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    • Great ideas Becky! I think I’m should try thanksgivings on the way home as that’s when our kids are most tired and grumpy. And I totally agree that forming habits helps with intentionality – it’s much easier for something to become a ‘lifestyle’ once a habit is well established. Thanks x

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