During Christmas, my mentor gifted the boys’ the book, God’s Names by Sally Michael. We started using it in our morning devotion immediately. We loved the book as soon as we finished the first chapter. The book has 24 different names of God listed in kid friendly language. Every chapter contains a relevant Bible story and some activities that you could do afterwards. It’s been so beneficial not only to the children but to me as well. Knowing the names of God and understanding who HE is and HIS character is truly powerful. And like the author, Sally says, it does “serve as a springboard for trusting God in everyday experiences as truth is applied in real life.” Last year, I heard a story about a lady who got a phone call saying her daughter was sick. She was away from her daughter at that moment and needed to get to her as soon as possible. While she started driving, nervousness and anxiety got hold of her. So she started reciting the names of God and praising HIM. She was quickly able to calm down and trust in God’s sovereignty. After all HE is The Great I AM and God Almighty!
Like I mentioned above, there are 24 names listed in this book. We read through the whole book once. Then I wanted to focus on about 8 names at a time for my boys to memorize. Since my boys are visual and kinesthetic learners, I wanted something tangible and visible. I’ve seen and heard about story stones over the past year. It’s great for story telling or for any creative play. So I bought a pack of stones from the craft store. I’m not the least bit artistic so this was a challenge for me. I wrote the Hebrew name of one side, and English name on the other. Along with the English name, I drew a picture that’d help them remember the name and meaning. So for Jehovah-OR -The Lord is Light, I drew a candle. For Jehovah Jireh – The Lord will Provide, I drew a house. The drawings were meant to serve as a visual memory aid. I created story stones for the 8 names we chose to focus on this time.
Then using the story stones, we revisited each of the 8 names and stories from the book. I’d set out the Story Stones with the Hebrew name and they’d pick one and say what it means. The illustrations were especially helpful for my preschooler. My hope is that my boys will always remember that they serve a mighty and wonderful God!