I have made a change to my morning regarding the fact that Mekonen is picking up and absorbing everything! I used to read my Bible either at night before bed, or mostly during Mekonen's naptime. I listened to a sermon by a pastor we really like, Mark Driscoll, about parenting. In it, he was talking about how he reads his Bible and studies reguarly around his kids. It seems most obvious that the concentration is best when it's quiet and you are alone (which sometimes is the case), but I decided I really want Mekonen to see me enjoying the Bible.
As he gets older and siblings come, we intend to preserve this time in the morning. We do not turn on the TV really at all during the day, and certainly not in the morning as I want my children to start off the day enjoying the quiet and beginning to love God's Word, even from a young age. For now, at Mekonen's age that means sitting on the floor quietly, with his toys while I read out loud and journal. As he gets older he can look through his storybook Bible or do some other independent Bible activities during this time (I love creating fun little things like that). And eventually he can be reading for himself too. But now, at the end of my Bible reading in the morning, I finish by reading to Mekonen from our FAVORITE children's story Bible called The Jesus Storybook Bible. If you don't have it, I highly recommend it! It's awesome!
I think back to my childhood and I always remember seeing my mom and dad reading their Bibles and praying every morning. That has always had a huge impact on me and something I want for my kids as well. Here's Mekonen reading his favorite Jesus Storybook Bible.