For thirteen years I taught reading to elementary school students. I taught my youngest students how to read, and I taught my oldest students how to read well. There is nothing more rewarding as a teacher than seeing a student struggle to sound out a word or struggle to understand a story and come out successful. We cannot argue the importance of teaching children to read well.
However, when it comes to the day-in and day-out of life, oftentimes reading with our children gets put on the shelf as an “if there’s time left over in the day, then we’ll read.” I always told my students that reading isn’t homework. Reading is something we do simply because we’re human beings. It should be as much a part of our day as brushing our teeth.
The One Reason to Help Your Girl Learn to Read Well
Think about it. Out of all of creation God only gave human beings the ability to read. Why only us?
Why God Gave Us the Ability to Read
Human beings are distinct from any other part of creation because human beings are made in God’s image. We bear the likeness of God. As followers of Jesus we are God’s children. We are His heirs, and we are co-heirs with Jesus. Our souls will spend eternity with God in heaven on day.
Because God gave us, and only us, the ability to read, we know that reading is important to Him.
Why Reading is Important to God
As God’s children, He wants to communicate with us. God wants us to know Him, His ways, what He has done in the past, and what He will do in the future. He chose written language, the Bible, as His primary way to do that. Here are some verses that explain the importance of reading to God:
All scripture is breathed out by God. (2 Timothy 3:16)
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:4)
They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading. (Nehemiah 8:8)
What Does This Mean for Us as Girl Moms?
The one reason for us to help our girls learn to read well is so that they can read the Bible well. Reading a variety of materials helps our girls become good readers so that they can read the Bible. “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).
When we help our daughters learn to read well, we are helping them get the most out of what God wants to say to them through the Bible. The good part is we don’t have to do this alone. The Holy Spirit works in each of us so that we can understand the Bible. Helping our girls to become good readers gives them a proper foundation.
When we think of reading in this light everything changes.
No longer is it a laborious task that we dread to get in each night with our girls. Instead it has eternal purpose and is a task worth prioritizing.
With summer right before us there’s no better time to develop a strong reading habit with your girl. As the reading teacher in me speaking, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Reading aloud to your girl, even if she’s in middle and high school, is worthwhile and helps her develop her reading. You can even take turns reading or read a book separately and meet each week to discuss it. Another idea is start a summer book club with your girl and some of her friends. There are many ways to develop a strong reading habit, so this summer make reading a priority. And not for any other reason other than for the glory of God!
Lord Jesus, please develop in my girl a strong ability to read and understand written text. Not so she can boast about her intelligence or abilities, but so that she can understand your Word as clearly as your will allows. Please give her a desire and love for reading and most importantly a love for reading and studying your Word. Thank you, Jesus, for give us the Bible so that we can know you intimately, and thank you for the ability to read. Amen.
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