Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Setting Priorities

Den and I have been examining our family a lot lately. I'm not sure if there is one superior reason for this, or just an accumulation of things. I do know that our family has had a lot more sit down conversations about the Lord, and how to live our lives. The evenings that we have done this sound more like a parental downpour of our ideas and think-sos, rather than an entourage of conversation coming from the boys, but you have to start somewhere, right?

Anyway, Den came home from work and asked me how my day went. I told him how it started, and how it ended. I let him know some of the ground that I covered with the boys, and where I felt like we needed to continue to work. Gratefully, he quickly agreed to keep on working, and set a plan in motion. What was that plan? To play bible trivia....Why, you may ask? Because one of the things that we feel is important in their lives is to have a clear understanding of the bible, and it's history. I remember playing it when I was a teen, and I gained a lot of knowledge without realizing how much I was actually retaining.

When we announced that bible trivia would be the family hour this evening the boys seemed surprised. Nevertheless, they were all plenty eager which made Den and I pleased. We made some snacks up on a plate, we set up the game, and then decided how to determine teams. Den was his own team, I was my own team, and the boys were all on one team. Surprisingly, everyone held their own. I mean Den was expected to stomp us to the ground, and therefore we made sure he was tested by the more challenging cards, and (not to the shock of the rest of us) he won. However, it was only by a minimal margin, and so everyone left the table content. We decided to incorporate this time in to our family entertainment on a more regular basis.

I discovered that biblical names were not the boys' strong suit. I, also, realized that Abram knew a lot from the bible dvds we purchased at the homeschool convention (again another learning tool that doesn't feel like learning). There were a couple of times that the hub bub came to a stop, because we were stunned at an accurate answer that Abram gave us. Most importantly it was a fun family moment that taught us a little more about family, love, and the bible. Can't beat that!

15 comments:

Mami Dearest said...

Hi Trina,

That sounds like a great idea, having a game night with Bible based games. What Bible trivia game do you have. I have to admit, this is the first time I've heard of Bible based games.

Nomadica said...

I think its an awesome game! Im readin the Bible and I came across Abhram's name...then Levi's..then Isaiah's...it's so much fun finding their names in there :)

meNmykids said...

I love Bible Trivia, I also remember playing it as a kid. Seemed like I NEVER won, but I did learn a lot. We have the game and the older kids and I play it sometimes (should be more), it amazes me when it is their idea. I also want my kids to understand the Bible and get their history, we are doing a Bible timeline this year and the kids enjoy our time of reading from the Bible. How wonderful that you and Den have a unified interest in this! What a blessing.

Nadine said...

Hi Trina,

What a great way to spend family time and educate at the same time. I hope to hear from you soon.

Blessings,
Nadine

momto3blessings said...

Sounds like great quality time! I need to look into that game.

Lori said...

There is nothing better than learning while having fun!

Tiffany said...

I love bible trivia! I have a VERY old version. It was my dads. Probably form the 70's :). We have a "young persons" visit every Thursday night. We usually just visit on the word, but sometimes we bring out bible trivia. Its always a hit! I used the trivia cards to make a bible jeopardy game once. I made a big board with a range of topics like Old Testament, New T, Letters-numbers-sequences, Prophets, History and Geography, and Names. It was such a blast! We also had something called a "life line". If your team was stuck on a question they could use a "life line", which was 1.look it up in the bible. 2. Skip it and come back to it on your next turn. 3. You could call Bro.Dave or Bro.Craig and rely on their knowledge to get the answer correct.

When i was little my mom used to play bible tapes in the car and when we got to where we were going she would quiz us on it. This made it fun for us to listen to the scriptures :)

Liberty said...

what were the dvds?

Steff said...

I think it is great that you're having family time like this! When I was younger my mom used to read me kid-level devotionals called Keys For Kids. I can still remember that being a regular and natural part of my bedtime ritual. When I got older I started having morning devotionals with my parents. You're doing a great thing here!

By the way...hos is the belly?! Do we get an updated belly picture? =)

Jules said...

That's awesome! You're being a very good example (at least to me). I know that I need to study more and study with the kids more. Bible Trivia is an awesome way to find out things that you may not have known before. I have learned things by playing. This was an awesome example of a great family night.

Cherrie said...

I am the worst at that game. I love playing it though. It is awesome that Abram did so well at it. I am proud of him.

Mrs.Martin said...

I love that game! And I love that Abram did so well, to cause silence. So cute. I remember you saying you were going to do do Bibletrivia night again. What a great evening of fun.

Btw.. loving your new song

Margaret said...

hey trina - how & where did you get those cool blinkies???

Tiffany said...

:( i wish i could have come to church with you guys yesterday! I'm glad mom and dad Pelkey were able to make it :). Hope you had a sweet visit!

Tish said...

Matt and I enjoy playing Bible Trivia. We've been thinking about having the young kids over again and playing Bible Trivia. At least now I know it won't be something new to your boys!