Not long ago, Courtney at Women Living Well reviewed One Million Arrows, a book by Julie Ferwerda about purposefully raising our children to change the world. I haven't read the book yet (though I plan to), but she shared an example from the book that I just couldn't wait to try. She explains, "One father purchased a wide-margin Bible for each of his children. Then he took two years, prayerfully reading the Bibles cover to cover. In the margin he wrote in notes, prayers, applications, and insights for his children."
This idea spoke straight to my heart, and I shared it with my hubby. We immediately began browsing for Bibles that would allow both of us to participate. We discovered the NoteWorthy Bible. For each page of Scripture there is a beautifully blank page just waiting for thoughts and prayers.
The Thinker is 10, and we have decided that his 13th birthday would be a great time to present him with this Bible. We've given ourselves two and a half years to complete this journey. Then we'll start all over again for our younger son (The Stinker). We'll have lots more time, God willing, to complete one for The Princess.
I love the idea that my children can have God's thoughts and our thoughts for them dwelling side-by-side. My prayer is that as they journey through God's Word, they will know how deep and wide and high is His love for them. And as they walk with their eyes through our words, I pray they will also feel the love poured from our hearts to theirs. His Word and our words. A true treasure to cherish through the years.
A big thank you to Courtney for sharing something that would "spur (us) on toward love and good deeds."
My hope is that it will do the same for some of you.
Parent with purpose.