Great Tool for Parents:
In connection to our church’s upcoming BIG EGYPTIAN EVENT: Joseph’s Journey to Egypt, we’ll be running a summer series in our newsletter (I’ll also post it here) from the book, How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph.
We’ll be focusing on five main character traits (called Life Threads in the book) and how to develop them at different ages. They are: (1) Respect for God, (2) Wisdom for living life based on a knowledge of God, (3) Grace in relationship with others, (4) A sense of purpose that comes from God and (5) Perspective for a life based on the sovereignty of God. As we dig into this book, page references will be given. Feel free to pick up your own copy and follow along. As we journey together, I’d love to hear your feedback, experiences, and growth as a family.
What parents wouldn’t want their children to grow up like a modern day Joseph? Some are already going a great job nurturing their children’s spiritual life. Some have handed the job over to the church. The majority of Christian parents are somewhere in the middle. They want to be the spiritual leaders, but are not sure how. They might be intimidated by the important task before them. They might not know how to make a plan. This series will give you a starting point.
Fitting it into the Schedule (p17)
When, where and how do we spend time training our children in the ways of God? This gives us a pretty clear picture:
Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the LORD swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth. (Deuteronomy 11:19-21)
So, it’s an all-the-time thing — finding moments to talk about God, and it’s a scheduled thing. Whether you take a few moments at breakfast, at dinner, before bed — it’s important to find a time to have Family Devotions. Don’t worry about what other families are doing, and don’t worry about being spiritual champs the first week. Just get started. You’ll be glad you did.
The Starting Line (Ages 0-2)
Did you know that spiritual training can begin before you child is born? As your waiting for your bundle of joy to arrive, think about the main goals you want for your child. When they are 18, what do you want people to say about them? Start carving out a time for family devotions now. Even though you’re little one won’t be able to understand for a few years, they’ll grow up knowing God is important. Decide now if spiritual growth will take precedence over other activities. Will your child miss a soccer game for church or church for a soccer game? Will you work as hard at teaching him memory verses as you are math?
Baby is here! Now what?
- Pray with baby before meals and bedtime.
- Read Bible stories from brightly colored, high quality books.
- Take your baby to church.
- Start checking out the Children’s Ministries in your church.
- Don’t underestimate your little one. Babies begin to learn morality early!
Teach Your Preschooler to Respect God
Ideas for Helping Your Child Love and Respect God