March 10, 2009

How To Get Your Kids To Pay Attention To Bible Stories


The top floor of our house has a large foyer and surrounding it are all of the bedroom doors. Every night Chris sits in a chair in the foyer and reads Bible stories to the kids while I do the kitchen clean-up and then relax in the recliner.

It's a very Norman Rockwell moment as strains of Chris' deep voice float down the stairs and the kids lay quietly tucked in their beds, listening raptly. Well, there might be just a little more wiggling and bouncing involved in that picture but you get my drift.

So imagine my surprise tonight when Chris' deep voice was punctuated with laughter.....more deep voice....more laughs and then a few un-biblical words followed by peals of laughter from all four kids.

What the heck?

I found out later that this is what they were reading...

He will take your menservants and maidservants, your best young men and your asses, and put them to work.......Kish had lost some of his asses so he said to his son Saul, "Take one of the servants with you, and go and look for my asses." ...Come let us go home, or my father will cease to think about his asses....

And by that point, Chris could barely speak anymore.

I bet they'll remember that Bible story forever.

10 comments:

EEEEMommy said...

Ah yes they will, just as I will never forget the story of Balaam. MyChris loves it when a pastor starts talking about the story, and I lean over and whisper in his ear, "Ass speaks." ;)

Emily said...

Chris is SUCH a good sport!!!

Dusty said...

lol! That's too funny.

Miriam said...

Yeah, I laughed, too :P But I also think it's really cool how Chris reads out loud every night! You have an award over on my blog :)

Heather Kay said...

My friends and I would amuse ourselves during church by looking through the Bible and hymnals for words or phrases that would make us laugh. Yes, I was a song leaders kid and my friends were the preachers kids. We were the rebels! :)

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Duckygirl said...

If it were me I'd automatically insert the word donkey each time, I wonder how many other times I'm missing out on laughter like that?

-Laura

40winkzzz said...

But how would over-sheltered, under-socialized homeschool kids even *know* that word? :-)

Ever read the Chronicles of Narnia aloud to your kids? That's good for some similar laughs. Esp. when reading Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which contains not only the a-word, but also references to that part of a ship known as the "poop". Yep, it's a fun one.

Our theme for our Wed nite kids' church this yr is animals, and we have "donkey" coming up next month. Our leader in charge facetiously proposed that we just call it an "ass". I think not.

Halfmoon Girl said...

So funny. We have a Christmas story about all the animals and you add one to the list every page, which means that you say "ass" every page while you read out the list- kinda disturbing...

My oldest brother is the assistant pastor. We call him the ass pas, and laugh out loud every time one of us sneaks that into the conversation. I know, great to have your family in the same church you serve in.

Rhen @yestheyareallmine said...

LOLOL!
So funny I read it out loud to Mr. Muscles.

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