Going to children’s hospitals can be a scary time for kids. Suddenly, everything is different and unfamiliar. In spite of all the unknowns that an unusual environment presents, children have an amazing capacity to believe in God for their well-being.
The Kids Color Me Bible is a free, printable, online book that offers child patients the opportunity to build themselves up in their faith while creating a special edition of the book. Each chapter contains a space for your children to write their own answers to Bible-related questions and draw their own illustrative art. The Easy-To-Read version of the Bible has been selected for the book along with kids’ answers and art for each chapter.
Depending upon the length of stay in a children’s hospital, you can select the appropriate number of chapters to print and Bible stories that will best minister to your children. Even if your children know the Bible stories, they will receive encouragement by reminding themselves of God’s faithfulness in the midst of adversity.
Your child won’t receive much encouragement from sitting in a children’s hospital watching TV all day. Even in a healthy state, studies have shown that children experience a sense of restlessness from being in the semi-hypnotic state that television viewing induces. Don’t add to the restlessness your child will already experience from sitting in bed all day.
“A series of studies reported in the July issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine suggests that the less TV kids watch, the better off they are. In a study of third graders, researchers found that children with a television in their bedrooms had lower scores on standardized tests while kids with access to a home computer had higher scores,” says the consumer affairs website.
Physicians and ministers have written extensively on the interplay of health related to one’s mental, emotional and spiritual state. It’s difficult to measure the impact of facing an operation or therapy in a calm, relaxed state versus a fearful, anxious state. Focus your children’s attention on writing and illustrating Bible stories for their special edition of the Kids Color Me Bible and watch the calm come over them.
Children live by faith. They depend on others for everything. When children fix their hearts and minds on a big God, their problems begin to shrink. Even a huge health problem can begin to fade when children focus on the love of God, who sent his Son into an ungrateful world. When they see how much Jesus suffered so we could live with him forever, they face their health problems with more courage.
Click here to visit the Kids Color Me Bible. It’s free. Print as much of it as you like for kids in children’s hospitals. No registration required.