Growing in the Word: Thorns vs. Highways


I try to begin every day with my children in prayer and scripture study.  I have to confess that I am not perfect at this.  We don’t get to it every day.  Sometimes a week will go by and I never cracked the Bible open with them in this way.  What can I say? We are always a work in progress around here.

One of my favorite things to do with my children during our Bible time is to seek out scriptures that address some issue we’ve been noticing in our home lately.  I like to use the Child Training Bible which I have blogged about in the past.  This system helps me quickly locate scriptures on a varitey of subjects that often need attention when raising a household of children. I always think I’m so smart using the Bible to teach my children something, and it is smart and very effective.  Then I’m always humbled by how God uses that time to teach ME and convict ME!  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… it isn’t the CHILD Training Bible its the FAMILY Training Bible.

This week I noticed a LOT of laziness happening around here.  My kids are typical kids.  If you ask them to clean up they will!  But if they think I’m not looking they are liable to shove lots of “stuff” into corners, under beds, and behind other toys or furniture.  This does NOT make for a happy Mommy! Especially when I find it and they LOUDLY resist making things right since it does take some time to do.  So I decided to address the topic!

We opened the Child Training Bible (CTB) and turned to the green highlighted laziness tabs.  We found one scripture really spoke to us very loudly and clearly.


This verse led us to a wonderful conversation about how when we work at things a bit at time, all of the time, the work is easier to do.  I used lots of real life concrete examples.  We talked about what it’d be like to try and learn all of the new Karate forms they need to know before belt testing in just the last couple of days before the test.  We discussed how easy it is to clean up their rooms in the morning when I’ve done most of the work the night before.  I compared the hard work of doing  a lot at once at the last minute to walking through scratching thick thorn bushes.  It’s painful and no one wants to do it.  While working at things a bit of a time, all of the time, makes the work seem faster and easier, like walking on a highway.

For the rest of the week, every time I mentioned something that needed to be done and they started to resist all I had to do was say… “Do you want this to be like thorns later, or highway all of the way?”  They preferred the highway.

For the rest of the week every time I contemplated putting something off until tomorrow (the dishes, folding the laundry, calling a friend I was concerned about, etc) I heard God ask me… “Do you want this to be like thorns later, or highway all of the way?”  I too prefer the highway.

Now, to keep myself and my children on that smooth highway I am researching new techniques for organizing my work, my blogging, and my home.  I’ve already implemented some changes that I hope to blog about soon!

In the meantime… The maker’s of the Child Training Bible are on the verge of releasing something new… The Virtue Training Bible.  I’ve seen some sneak peeks on their new Facebook page!  I can’t WAIT!   I’ll be buying our family one for use… and of course review (and another to give away)… AS SOON AS I CAN!  In the meantime, I thought it might be nice to give away another CTB.


I am giving away ONE CTB kit.  This includes ONLY the Tabbers and scripture cards as seen in the photo above…. it does NOT include a bible, highligthers, or colored tabs.  You will need to purchase those on your own in order to complete the CTB.  More information about how to do that can be found here.

On to the giveaway!  The giveaway will end on Wednesday June 19th at midnight.  A winner will be announced shortly after.  Have fun and GOOD LUCK!

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  1. Isn’t that always how it goes? We open the Bible to teach our kids something and we’re the ones who feel the most convicted. 🙂 Maybe that’s the point God wants to make to us…that He wants our kids to see the value of His word through us first. Thanks Crystal!

  2. What a fantastic idea. I guess I never thought of using verses that way… I might just print that one for my own kiddos. =)

  3. Erika S says:

    I could really use this!

  4. Danielle Carey says:

    Would love to have something like this. With four little girls I have no time to do any organization on my own =)

  5. Karen rojas says:

    It will give me easy access to bible verses.

  6. Kathryn says:

    Now that I have a daughter of my own, I’m eager to start thinking through ways I can help her learn and grow into a disciple of my Lord.

  7. My expectation is that parents will use the CTB with their young kids, but as kids grow up, they’ll use the CTB with their parents. 🙂

  8. I will use the CTB to help my children learn to be honorable and also learn scripture that has a purpose for their situation.

  9. Kelly H. says:

    I would love to have this to use with my daughters so I could teach them what the bible says about different actions.

  10. I think it will help my kids see how God wants them to behave, not just how their parents do. It will back up what we are telling them with verses from the Bible. Thanks for a chance to win!

  11. Great way to guide you and your family in God’s word. I would love this for my family!

  12. Krissanna says:

    I was just thinking about the CTB last night as we have a 6yr we are adopting who has had no training in the ways of the Lord. I know this would be a tremendous tool for us to use with her! Thanks for the opportunity to win 🙂

  13. Alyra Shaw says:

    The CTB would particularly help in those situations when I don’t know how to respond to my children’s behavior or to help them understand the importance of their actions – what a fantastic aid to bring God into their daily lives!

  14. Kristine says:

    It will be great preparation for me and my husband to raise up out two little boys. Even though theyre still 2 yrs old and younger, it’s never to early to start!

  15. April P says:

    This resource has been on my wish list for a while now!

  16. Sharon g. says:

    It will help me address behavior and attitude problems as they arise in my young son. And in a wonderful way, using scripture to train him.

  17. Tiffany Lemery says:

    Love it!!!!!!! This is a gteat giveaway

  18. I think it will help me correct using God’s Words rather than my own.

  19. It will help with learning scripture.

  20. Would love to learn more about this tool. Thanks!

  21. My son responds well when we use scripture in discipline situations. This will be a great resource.

  22. I think that the CTB will help my kids realize that it’s not just Mom and Dad being uptight, there are reasons behind the standards we set.

  23. I love the idea of having *my* Bible set up as the reference for all kinds of character/training situations. Not only will that make it easy to find the Scripture for the specific application, but reinforce for my children that the Bible is the source — it’s where to go to find the answers.

  24. I never have the scripture verse on hand. it will help a ton.

  25. I’ve been trying lately to memorize scripture along with the reference so that I can rely on God’s exact words, not my own understanding of basically what a passage says. The CTB would allow me to find even more verses to use before I can commit them to memory.

  26. We already have and love a CTB but would love to win this to give one to a good friend who also homeschools. I think their family would love it as much as we do.

  27. What a great giveaway! I also *try* to start everyday with Bible study, emphasis on the word *try* … from one fellow work-in-progress mama to another, I’d love to win this giveaway!

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