Would you like to teach your children God’s Word, but struggle to find great resources?

  • Do you know that teaching your children the Bible is important, but you are too busy to make it happen in the morning and too tired to make it happen at the end of a busy day?
  • Do you want to have family devotions, but don’t know where to start? Do you feel unqualified to teach your children from the Bible? Or do you secretly feel like Bible reading is a chore to be endured?
  • Are you frustrated by your spouse’s lack of support and your kids’ resistance when it comes to family devotions?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, I totally understand where you are coming from, because I have been there too!

The reality is, we’ve only got about eighteen years to give our kids a solid foundation in Biblical truth before sending them out into the world. My girls are nine years old already. Half of their “growing up” years have already been spent. And while I cannot guarantee my children’s salvation, with God’s help I will do everything in my power to make sure that my children know the truth in the short time that I have with them.

How about you? How far along into this parenting journey are you? Have you been intentionally using the time that God has given you to consistently teach your children God’s Word? If you need improvement in this area, it’s never too late to start!

Path Through the Narrow Gate is here to help you discover how doable and enjoyable consistent family Bible study can be. You CAN feel equipped and excited about giving your children a solid foundation in Biblical truth.

The desire of my heart is to be faithful in teaching my children about God’s Word and to build a community of people who are serious about their faith and committed to teaching their children about God.  Will you join with me in this endeavor? It’s easy- just subscribe to the newsletter and like us on facebook. You will receive an email from Path Through the Narrow Gate once a week with the latest family Bible resources, Christian parenting articles, fun Bible-based crafts, or book lists.

If you would like to read more about what Path Through the Narrow Gate offers, please check out the “Start Here” page. This page will guide you through some of the most popular and useful content from Path Through the Narrow Gate.

My Life Story…

My name is Anna Joy. I am a Christian mother and the blogger behind Path Through the Narrow Gate. I am passionate about helping families discover that Bible study is not only doable, but also enjoyable!

I grew up in Belém do Pará, a city of 1.5 million people at the mouth of the Amazon River in Brazil, where my parents were serving as missionaries. I am a registered nurse turned stay-at-home wife and mother to twin daughters and one son.

I love God’s Word, family, music, books, baking, a clean home, singing in church, candles, and peaceful evenings.  I desire to learn Spanish and the celtic fiddle – because I really don’t have enough to do right now.  Most of all, I aspire to simply walk with God and to be a blessing to people around me.

I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He died for my sins, and that He rose again on the third day. I believe that we can only be saved by putting our faith in His work, because our own “works” will never be good enough for a holy God. But I also believe that growing in holiness is a sign that a person truly is a Christian.

If you are wondering, I belong to a Baptist church, but have also been influenced by some reformed theology. (You can find a more complete statement of faith at the end of this page.)

I am humbled and awed by the epic story of good and evil, of love and self-sacrifice that I find in the Scriptures. My heart is broken by the evil and suffering I see around me and by my own sin and rebellion against God. I long for the day when my great Creator God returns to judge the world in righteousness, to set all things right. My heart yearns for the day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.

A Little Bit About My Family….

This blog is truly a family effort! Here is a little more information about the family behind the blog:

My husband is my stability and rock in so many ways. He is a loving father to our children. He works very hard at an often demanding job to support our family. My husband helps me with the theology behind the Bible studies.

My eldest daughter (by two minutes, as her sister is quick to point out) is my reader and science lover. She is an extrovert and a very confident young lady, but also enjoys time by herself with her nose stuck in a book. She has read almost all of the books in the book lists on this blog and I often ask her opinion on books before I recommend them.

My second daughter is full of laughter. She loves art and is my go-to girl for coming up with craft ideas for the blog. She also helps me try out the craft ideas and gives me lots of feedback. She loves crossword puzzles and word searches, which is why you will see lots of those puzzles pop up on the Bible study pages.

My son is serious and quiet. He craves routine and order. He helps me with feedback on the Level 1 Bible studies, and he excels at teasing his sisters.

Thanks again for stopping by. I hope that you will take a moment to sign up for e-mails so that we can keep in touch. (You will also get access to the entire library of free printables just for signing up!) If you have any thoughts, please comment below. I would love to hear from you.

My Statement of Faith:

1. I believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, completely without error. (2  Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:21).

2. I believe in one all-powerful, completely holy Creator God, Who is perfectly expressed in the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew  3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30).

3. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and is equal with God the Father (John 10:30). He was born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35), lived a perfectly sinless life (Hebrews 4:15; 7:26), showed his power through many miracles (John 2:11; John 20:30-31), died in our place so that we might be saved (1 Corinthians 15:3; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 2:9), rose again the third day (John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:4), and is now at the right hand of God the Father (Mark 16:19; Romans 8:34-35). One day He will return in power and glory (Acts  1:11; Revelation 19:11; Philippians 2:9-11).

4. I believe that people are justified by faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and not by any works which they may do (John 3:16-19; 5:24; Philippians 3:9; Romans 3:23; 5:1-11; Ephesians  2:9-10; Titus 3:5).

5. I believe in the resurrection of all people (saved and unsaved) and in a literal heaven and hell (John 5:28-29).

6. I believe the Holy Spirit lives in Christians and enables them to grow in godliness (Romans 8:13-14; 1 Corinthians 3:16;  6:19-20; Ephesians 4:30).

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  1. Hi Anna Joy. My name is Helen. We have a small all-in-one Sunday School class. Would so appreciate a summer program boost. I hope to plug into your wisdom in teaching ideas and lessons. I was drawn through your passion for following Christ. Resources are limited and I am looking for free quality faith based resources for children’s church during summers services for ages 4 to 9. Thank you for sharing your God given insights and abilities. God’s continued blessing and guidance. You have zeroed in on a big need for Sunday School teachers.

  2. Hi Anna Joy and Good Morning
    My name is Linda Wagner from Georgia

    I just wanted to say – Thank you for sharing your life, family and these wonderful printable designs and All that you do!
    Thank you answering God’s call.. I will be stopping by and seeing what other wonder stuff you have:)

  3. Ana, THANK YOU SO MUCH for this amazing sight! I downloaded and printed several of your teaching units! I was looking for printable material to share The Gospel with my grandchildren, and found you! PTL for genuine loving christians who want to share their spiritual gifts with others! I live in Guatemala and work with 22 churches. I have been writing VBS material for our churches and often need help with visuals! My gift is teaching, and I sure appreciate your wonderful partnering with your husband to produce this amazing material! How I wish we could produce it in Spanish! THANKFULLY!

  4. DEAR Anna Joy: Once again, I am so grateful that you are out there for all of us! My Children’s Church group loved the Christmas “Finger Puzzles,” and I couldn’t wait to get the Easter ones! My husband and I are “empty-nesters,” with all three of our children living out of state. It makes me very lonely, at times, when I realize that life really did pass by quickly and my babies have all flown away! However, we do love the children whom we teach at church, and while we do have good material to use for lessons, I often find myself gravitating outside of the “intended weekly curriculum” to find supplemental activities that are a bit more “interesting” to our small group of students than what might be suggested in the curriculum guide. I look forward to your occasional emails featuring more of your wonderful activity sheets and ideas that not only capture the attention of our students but also are Biblically sound, guaranteed to feed them God’s wonderful Word in ways that they all truly enjoy! We currently teach Children’s Church to children whose ages can run from 6 to 11, so I appreciate the varying levels of materials you offer for so many topics. Thank you for what you do, Anna Joy! You make my life easier, and I also find that I get a bit more “excited” before each lesson when I am going to be sharing one of your activities with the kids! May God continue to bless you and your sweet family as you serve Him so faithfully! Your loving sister in Christ (and someone who admires you, greatly), Jane.

  5. Thank you so much for all the wonderful resources! My husband is the pastor of a small rural church and finding free quality resources is gold! I found your website through Pinterest and plan to use the Easter finger puzzle tomorrow for some children who will be visiting our church.

  6. Thank you Anna Joy,
    I thoroughly loved looking through your puzzles and ideas. Bless you as you continue to spread the good news of Jesus and salvation.
    Have a happy blessed Easter with you precious family.

  7. Thank you Anna Joy, we just found your log through Pinterest and I have used the Easter finger puzzle with the Kids church and they loved colouring it in and then cutting it out and making the ‘chatterbox’. Please keep up your fantastic work. God bless, Noel in Pingelly, Western Australia

  8. Thank you for sharing your passion for Jesus Christ and your talents! Your resources are absolutely amazing! I will be using several of them for my first ever children’s Sunday School class this weekend!
    I am so thankful for the printable Nativity items! May God bless your ministry as we continue proclaiming the wonders of Salvation in Jesus Christ!

  9. Anna I’m thrilled to find your blog! As a retired teacher and a grandmother helping to home school three, soon to be four, granddaughters ages 6-almost born, I will be using your wisdom and artistic ability to share Jesus with them. Thank You!!!

  10. Wow- love your story and what you are doing for Christ! I Praise God for you!
    Thanks for the free printables – love them!

  11. Wow I am looking for a family bible study that I can do with my kids and stumble across ya page. You’ve got so many great creative awesome resources!! Thank you so muchhh 😍😍😍

  12. Thank you for this site. I just stumbled on this and found it to be a blessing.
    Thank you for your post, it was sent by God through you.

  13. You are doing such a marvelous work. Continue spreading the good news and helping families to love Jesus Christ and living the gospel in today’s modern world. God bless you and your family.

  14. Like the new look 🙂 you and your family are a blessing from the LORD…. your diligence to sharing HIS Word with others brings HIM praise and honour and glory…

    I pray for your family to be surrounded by HIS love mercy and grace all of your days.

    love and blessings Gail (a grandma)

  15. I am a homeschool mom of three and work a full-time job. My husband is a disabled veteran. I do try to talk about Jesus to my family, but sometimes the only one listening is the youngest, 7 year old. I hope I can learn how to approach each one of them through your blog.

  16. I could cry tears of joy right now at finding your blog. These articles are exactly what I need to further my walk with God. A group I am in on Facebook shared your article on the depressed and worn-out mom. It wasn’t even a direct link to this website as the article had been reposted but I followed the breadcrumbs and am so happy I did. The last few days I have BEEN that depressed, worn-out mom. God knew what he was doing in guiding me to you, your encouragement, and your resources.

    • I am excited to dig into your Bible Study options for my family. Every question you asked was a yes for me. I have been wanting to do some sort of bible study or devotion with my kids and husband and have been searching for one that will work for us. We are busy and don’t have a ton of time, unfortunately, to spend hours of time teaching the kids all they need to know nor do the kids have the patience for that! And my husband is supportive in doing a family study but definitely isn’t one to initiate it nor will is he willing to do any of the work himself to do it. Something simple, not too time consuming or complicated is exactly what we need to start out. Can’t wait to try it out. Thank you!

  17. Thank you for the time, love and dedication you give to all of us with your web site. It has been a very helpful source and blessing in my life and that if my families. May you be as blessed as the many families you are blessing by sharing your wisdom and experiences!! Thank you

  18. I am leading the Childrens Ministry team of our small Baptist church. There are only 2 other ladies that are on the team with me. We have a tiny budget. My husband just became pastor of this church in December. Free good, bible believing, easy to teach & use resources are greatly appreciated!

  19. My son will be 9 in May and my daughter will be 2 in July. I want to raise them with a passion for Christ, a solid relationship with God, and a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. I’ve definitely been feeling like I have not been meeting my responsibilities as a spiritual guide and a Christian mother to them. It’s kind of a funny story how I came across this blog. God works in mysterious ways. It’s easy to see how the many resources available on this blog are going to be blessings & answers to prayer for me. I felt like a kid in a toy store – I didn’t know where to start! It’s nice to have something to look forward to & to know that I can feel good about the time I spend on this website. Thank you for your obedience in serving our heavenly Father. Bless you.

  20. I just came across your blog and am glad I found it! I have 2 year old twin girls and am sure my family and I will benefit greatly from the wisdom you provide here! We are hoping to have another baby at some point in the near{ish} future, but I feel like we need to find some sense of balance first (life still feels somewhat like survival mode unfortunately). I am looking forward to getting into some of your ideas for how to share the gospel with our littles. Thank you for this great resource!

    • Heather, I am so glad that you are here! It feels like yesterday that my twins were two, and now they are almost ten! Enjoy those little ones. May God bless you and your family.

  21. Hi Anna;
    I stumbled on your blog, and I am so happy I found it! My husband and I work at a church found school in Borneo, and our busy lives definitely interfere with our time with the Lord much more than it should. I teach my children about Jesus as much as I can, and these resources and articles will be a great help for family Bible study time as well as in the classroom.
    God bless you and your beautiful family!

    • Melinda, I am a missionary kid and I know the irony of “ministry” interfering with our time with the Lord. Jesus Himself occasionally walked away from the crowds in order to spend time with God in prayer. May God bless you and your ministry and your family.

  22. I just subscribed to your newsletter. My husband, daughter and i recently just moved to Costa Rica for language school, and will be moving to Peru as missionaries. It has been a big adjustment and I’ve been burdened by how and what to teach our daughter and the other children on our team. Thank you for the resources.

    • Tia, I am so honored that you are following this blog. I am a missionary kid (my parents served as missionaries in Brazil, and I lived there from 8 years old until 18 years old), so missionary families are very near to my heart. I will be praying for you as you make these difficult transitions, and for your daughter as well. Thank you so much for your ministry! May God bless you.