Bible Restriction

Brody is officially off Bible restriction as of tonight. Yes, you read that right.  Am I a horrible mother for putting my child on Bible restriction?  Let me fill you in before you judge.  My parents gave Brody a highly recommended Bible this past Christmas. 


It's geared a little more toward older children with paper (instead of cardboard) pages and longer stories.  But, for some reason, Brody was drawn to this Bible from day one...maybe because it is so different from the other short-story cardboard books we normally read to him.  I originally put it on a shelf for later use.  I figured we would just continue reading The Baby Bible Storybook I bought for him before he was born since it has cardboard pages that he can't rip and less detailed stories geared towards toddlers. 


But he repeatedly asked to see The Jesus Storybook Bible sitting on the shelf until one day I decided we would just give it a try for his bedtime story.  I told him it was a special book and set some rules: that he could touch the pictures but not turn the pages and he could only read it with an adult (so that he wouldn't tear it as he had done to many other paper books).  That night, it was like reading to a different kid.  I'm telling you, Brody was so attentive to the story.  He sat quietly as he listened to the entire first story.  He did not even try to turn the pages.  He just studied the pictures and waited patiently for the pages to be turned.  It was unbelievable.  He LOVES turning pages. That is his favorite part of reading.  So, we continued to read it each night.  I would ask him before bed to pick out a book and he ALWAYS replied, "Bible." 

This went on for months until April, last month.  I went on a girls' weekend trip, leaving Brody behind for the first time with his dad and Aunt Jessi.  While I was gone he got away with reading the book and turning the pages all by himself.  (I should have expected he would get away with things since he was left with his dad and aunt, right?!)  So, the night I returned home we sat down to read his Bible and he had a HUGE meltdown over not being able to play with the Bible and turn the pages himself.  He had already bent some pages and ripped some others, so I only felt more sure that he needed the rules I had originally set for this special book.  After a night or two of fierce temper tantrums, I had no choice but to declare a Bible restriction and hide it in our closet. 

I felt horrible.  What mother hides a Bible from a child who so eagerly wants to read it?!  But, I knew if I let this continue it would turn ugly and the book would be ruined.  I'm not exaggerating when I say this children's Bible is nothing short of amazing.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading it each night as it put new meaning to old stories.  And, I have talked to other mothers who say the same.  I wasn't willing to let him tear it up. 

But tonight, after a month of Bible restriction, Jonathan decided it was time to pull it out of the closet and off the shelf to give it a try.  I'm happy to report, the lesson was learned and his daddy was able to read it to him tonight while Brody patiently listened with a healthy respect for this special book.  I'm glad it's back. I missed reading it too!

You may wonder why I would bother reading a big kid book to my toddler.  Surely he isn't getting it, you might think.  But, God promises us that his word does not return void.  I don't know how, but I believe God is using the stories we read to him from this book. 

"So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:11

5 comments:

  1. Yea Brody! JimPop is so happy that you can read your Jesus Bible again! No doubt in my mind that God will mightily use His Word to bring about His purpose in your life! And Pum'kin, I'm so very proud of you and Jonathan for teaching Brody respect for God's Word! Love you all THE MOSTEST!!!

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  2. So extremely happy to hear that Brody is off of Bible restriction! (Let this be a lesson to us grown-ups!) I still have a vivid picture in my head of Brody standing in front of his closet door when we were visiting last month and saying, "Bible" when I asked what he wanted to read that night. It broke my heart, but I understood the reason why he was not allowed to have that particular Bible story book. He thought since you were not in the room, I wouldn't know he was restricted from that book and I would get it for him. I love that kid to death! I'm already seeing the Lord's hand on his little life. So exciting to see how God will use him as he grows up.

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  3. Oh my, how funny! And how sweet that he loves to hear the stories so much. Tantrums shouldn't be acceptable though, and I say good for you for setting some boundaries!

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  4. What a blessing it is to hear of Brody's love for the Bible. He is truly an amazing little boy and so are his parents. Lauren thank you for sharing your blog with me.

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  5. Pum'kin, I am so proud of you and Jonathan for teaching our little BrodyBoy to respect the Word of God, even the the pages it is written on! Having read from this particular children's Bible, I certainly understand the impact it is having on Brody and the two of you......it is so well done and interesting to read. And there is no doubt in my mind that God will continue to use it in Brody's life, even at such a young tender age, to bring about His perfect plan for Brody! As you so elegantly said and quoted, His Word will not return void....it will in fact accomplish God's purpose! I recall another young child that spent time in the Holy Scriptures from a very early age......we read about Him in Isaiah 11:3 where it says the Spirit of God made Him quick in understanding of the fear (respect) of the Lord. I don't believe this was done supernaturally without His parents teaching Him what the Scriptures said about Him.......and more importantly, not just teaching Him to know the Word, but also to agree with God's Word. It's when we agree and acknowledge God's Word as truth that we get to know God and His Son, Jesus, and are changed by it. "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). So, I encourage you guys to keep feeding Brody the Truth, and bring him up "in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4)....... someday very soon he, too, will be made free.....and I trust that God will use him to further His Kingdom! You'll soon be asking him, "Brody, who made you so smart, sweet, cute, or whatever?"..... And I know you know how to teach him the answer! Love you mostest! JimPop

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