Those who know me best know that I struggle with what the Bible calls “taming the tongue” in James 3. Lately, I’ve noticed that my whole family struggles with it.
My 2 year old is the greatest fit pitcher there ever was. This kid has always been great at screaming to get what he wants. Even though I don’t give into him, he still has to try. Yesterday, he pitched no fewer than 5 fits before naptime. Maybe 6.
This fit happened because I had the audacity to put a hat on his head as part of his costume.
“The tongue also is a fire, a word of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” James 3:6
Meanwhile, last week I finally took down our magnetic wall calendar that we’d been using in the kitchen to help Isabelle understand the concept of days, weeks, and months. Our 9 month old is crawling now, and the small magnetic numbers are a choking hazard, so I’m packing it up for a while. As I was taking it down, I noticed the back had a dry erase board.
So I took the magnets off and flipped it over to the dry erase side. Then I pulled out scripture about words and this is what I came up with:
It’s a simple concept, one that tons of moms use. And it’s right there in the kitchen. I’ve printed passages and placed them in the kitchen, but it’s so much easier to simply wipe and erase.
We’ve worked on scripture memory all year with my oldest, through the AWANA program. But this was different. We could focus on one verse as a family over the course of the week, in an area that we’ve all struggled with lately.
Izzy gets honeycombs. She loves Winnie the Pooh and has enjoyed using honey as a cough syrup because it means she’s just like Pooh Bear. So we talk about how kind words make us feel good (sweet to the soul) and can even comfort us when we feel sad (healing to the bones).
And after 3 days of having this up in the kitchen, my 4 year old had it memorized. I even heard her quoting it to her 2 year old brother when he was angry with her. “Andwoo, pleasant words are a honeycomb,” she admonished.
Have fun taming his tongue, Izzy. The force is strong with this one.
What are some ways that you work with your little ones on learning and applying scripture?