Is God real? How do we know the Bible is true? Why did God create natural disasters? Is it okay to sin if God is just going to forgive me anyway?
Kids have big questions about God and His creation. How in the world is a parent supposed to know how to answer them all?
Introducing… Moments with God for Kids: 100 Devotions to Answer Your Questions About Our Amazing God. It’s my latest book, and I’m so excited to share it with you at last! Copies are available now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christianbook.com and pretty much everywhere else you like to buy your books.
Each of the 100 devotions in Moments with God for Kids begins with a key verse from the Bible to introduce that day’s big question and answer, then invites readers to think deeper about what they’ve learned and how they can share it. Plus, they’ll learn kid-friendly definitions of words and concepts like “omnipresence,” “canon,” and “repentance” that will grow their knowledge of God and His work in the world.
The book is organized into categories, based on topics kids wonder about most often. We explore questions about God, Creation, Sin and Salvation, the Bible, You and God (our child’s relationship with God), Suffering, Angels, Heaven and Hell.
The devotions are written for kids ages 9-12, but younger kids can also enjoy it as a parent-child devo or read-aloud for the whole family. I’ve even heard from several moms who tell me they’re using the book as a study guide for themselves!
Behind the scenes, I’ll tell you I did a ton of research when I was writing this book, to ensure my answers to these 100 challenging questions are biblically sound and honoring to God. So if you’re not sure how to answer your kids when they ask you questions like:
…Does God know what I’m thinking?
…How does God live inside people?
…If God took away my sins, why do I have to keep confessing them?
…What does God want from me?
…Why does God allow disabilities?
…Can I die and go to heaven, then come back to life?
…Is it a sin to change my body?
…Did God create hell?????”
… then pick up a copy of this book, my friends, because I’ve done all the work for you! This book is designed to equip moms and dads with solid and encouraging answers to our kids’ most baffling questions about their faith.
Here’s a sample of what you’ll find inside:
Why was the God of the Old Testament so harsh?
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
In The LEGO Movie, a character named Bad Cop can twist his head around and turn into Good Cop. On one side, Bad Cop’s face is angry and mean. He kicks chairs and questions the movie’s hero, Emmett. On the other side, Good Cop’s face is friendly and kind. He calls Emmett “buddy” and gets him a glass of water.
One cop—two personalities.
Do you ever wonder if God is like that?
In the Old Testament, the Bible is filled with stories of God punishing people for their sins. He wages wars against pagan nations and commands the Israelites to follow a bunch of rules.
In the New Testament, God (in the form of Jesus) is gentle and forgiving. He tells people to love their enemies, and He wipes away sins. How can this be the same God?
It is. Perhaps the two Testaments appear to emphasize different aspects of God’s character, but God is the same God throughout all of Scripture. His character is steady, and He never changes.
Here is the simplest way to explain the difference between the two Testaments:
The Old Testament proves people need a Savior. God gave the Israelites all those rules in order to show them they couldn’t follow them perfectly on their own.
The New Testament provides the Savior, Jesus Christ, who lived the perfect life we cannot live and died the death we deserve—so that “whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Think About This!
- Do you have a little bit of “Bad Cop/Good Cop” in you? Are you able to be grumpy one moment and friendly the next?
- How did the rules of the Old Testament show people they needed a Savior?
I’d be honored if you’d pick up a copy of this book for yourself, share it with your friends, encourage others to buy a copy for their families, too, and then email me to let me know if this book blessed or equipped your kids to better understand their faith and the God who loves them.
Happy summer, dear ones!