Tonight we settled down for devotions and L, my 4 year old daughter, pulled out The Story Bible, which we are going through for the second time (this is an excellent Bible, the words are very close to Scripture, not embellished like other Bible storybooks I’ve seen–read more about it in my starting devotions with your kids post!).

Anyway….back on topic. It was L’s turn to pick out what Bible account we were going to read. She went directly to the account from Genesis 3 called “Sin Enters the World” (talk about heavy reading!) :) I looked at her a little curiously and said, “we’ve read this two times in the past week, are you sure you want to do it again?” She nodded convincingly, her mind was made up.

Illustration from The Story Bible–beautiful!

I have to admit I kind of sighed a little and then settled in to read the story. It’s not an easy passage to explain: why Adam and Eve used to be naked, what “her offspring shall bruise your head” means and why God had to send them away from Eden. But we read on.

And this time, we noticed something a little different than before. Our attention was drawn to where it says “Did God really say?”. I knew that was in the story before but we hadn’t yet focused on it and it’s significance to temptation and sin in today’s world.

A super deep explanation wasn’t necessary but we talked about how sometimes something we feel like doing seems right even though it’s not in line with what God wants us to do. How the devil still deceives us today but trying to convince us that God didn’t mean what He said or that the Word of God is made up and not important. Discussion moved to the difference between the truth and a lie and how a lie ruins trust between two people and breaks down relationships. Our devotional time that night certainly turned into more than what I thought it would!

I guess what I’m saying is that sometimes it’s okay to read the same story over and over with your kids. In fact, it’s more than okay, it’s a really good thing. Especially if it’s from Scripture. As adults we can get so much out of Bible verses and passages even if we’re reading them for the third or tenth or fiftieth time! Something new jumps out at us or a certain verse applies to us in a unique way because we’re in a different place in life when we read it again.

What I discovered (and honestly, why didn’t I think about this before?) is that it works the same way with kids. With the Bible and with the storybooks I get tired of as a mom: the umpteenth reading of The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food or Little Blue Truck.

Biblical truths stick in little minds. We need to teach them and let ourselves be inconvenienced or repetitive sometimes. New details will emerge when we read about Noah and the rainbow after the flood once again. Your son will finally ask (and expect you to answer) what the word “prodigal” means. Your children’s faith will take root deep in the soil of God’s Word as they learn His truth with you by their side.

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4 Comments on When It’s Good to Read the Same Story Over and Over

  1. Thank you for the reminder that repetition can be a good thing. I was recently talking with a friend about The Story Bible, she had good things to say about it. I’ll have to check it out.
    Thanks for sharing! stopping by from The Better Mom

  2. I don’t tend to re-read books over and over, but Bible stories are the exception to this rule. If they want to hear it again and again, that is fine by me :)

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