This is likely to be the last Brainy Friday post until after the new year. This is The Equuschick and Shasta’s turn to go to his mom’s for Christmas and this always makes an already busy time of year even busier, so though she may be popping in throughout the holidays as inspiration does or does not strike, she won’t be committing to any scheduled posts. (Because otherwise, you know, The Equuschick is always so good at remembering every week. Buaha.) In the meantime, thank-you all for reading and commenting!
The Equuschick did a previous post on suggestions for how Bible studies can sometimes work for Busybrained littles here , but it is worth noting as well that the Bible is full of very specific statements in sometimes very clear language that can be marvelously applied to a little Busybrain if you’re diligent about bringing those passages to his attention and helping him remember to apply them to his life.
This can mean making them “memory verses”, but as a cautionary aside, there is a difference between sharing an applicable passage with a child and bringing it to their attention when necessary and having a a child memorize a verse or two and telling them it is “the” verse for this problem or that problem, and especially between doing the former and introducing them to a Biblical character or story and saying “The lesson of this story is *this*.”
It seems to The Equuschick that the effect of the latter is far more often to limit and restrict a child’s view of the power of God’s word, whereas just taking time throughout the day to point out relevant passages will encourage them (hopefully) to appreciate just the wide versatility of the word of God. Especially when it comes to sharing the stories themselves, simply sharing a story and saying “And this is the Application for this Story” (especially at a young age) can’t help but blunt a child’s sense of grandeur at the scope and the depth of the stories themselves. You may not be saying specifically “And this is the *only* application of this story,” but if a common application is oft repeated the child is going to make that assumption themselves, whether or not that was the intention of the parent.
But with these cautions in mind, here is a short list of passages that The Equuschick has shared with the Dread Pirate Grasshopper recently to aid him with his struggles.
1. James 1:19: “Brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. For man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”
2. Prov. 25:28: “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.” Speaking of the stories of the Bible having a myriad of applications, this one has had the most effect on the DPG if told in conjunction with the fall of Jericho. “ When the walls fell down in Jericho, only then was Israel able to go in and conquer or take captive the city. When you have no self-control your walls are down, and ugly things can come in and take you captive, so you do things you don’t want to do.”
3.Prov. 25:11-12 ”A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man’s rebuke to a *listening* ear.”
4.Prov. 20:3 “It is a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.”
5 Prov. 15:18 “A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.”
6.Prov. 14:29 “A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.”
7.Prov. 16:32 “Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.”
8. Prov. 17:14 “Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.”
9.Ecc. 3: 1-8, yes- The famous “A Time for Everything” passage. The Equuschick actually only read this one to the DPG this morning and she has no idea if it was at all effective or not, but she was curious. The general context she shared it in was one of those conversations where she was trying to be sympathetic to his need to express his emotions in some way, but wanted to convey yet again that there is a proper time, place, and method for these things.
10.Lastly, do you have a Hoarding Busybrain? Because the DPG is a Hoarder who could make it on the Reality TV show by the same name, and the sad thing is he doesn’t even hoard his own stuff. He’s been known to pre-select his favorite toys at Grandma DHM’s house and hide them from the other grandchildren, just in case they might want to touch (and therefore) defile them. It is driving The Equuschick nuts. What do you do about it? She did just find in her reading this morning this passage and she might give it a try with him. Prov. 11:26: “People curse the man who hoards gain, but blessing crowns him who is willing to sell.”
Lastly, this is not a passage but a specific Bible study curriculum, and therefore requires double cautions, but for what is worth The Equuschick just recently through a great deal of How to Develop Attentiveness (Character Booklet 1) with the Dread Pirate Grasshopper. Nothing revolutionary occurred (she didn’t expect it too), but it did contain some helpful and very visual illustrations that were basic enough for him to grasp and move forward a bit with.