Thursday, November 17, 2016

How to Make Faith an Everyday Part of Your Child's Life...And Yours {By Sarah at Abiding in Grace}

How to Make Faith an Everyday Part of Your Child's Life...And Yours 
By Sarah at Abiding in Grace

Last night my six-year-old son asked me about taking communion. In our denomination we wait until the child is old enough to understand salvation and has made a profession of salvation before we allow them to take communion. He wiggled around in his seat as I tried to gather my thoughts and prepare my heart to remember Christ’s sacrifice. My son was so thirsty, and didn’t understand why he couldn’t just take a sip of the juice.

I tried to ask him what he thought it meant. I tried to explain the extreme significance but yet in words he would understand. I was his momma. In that moment I realized it was going to be up to me to teach him about our faith. I felt the pressure with the little plastic cup of grape juice balanced in between my fingers. My faith is so important to me, but how do I teach my children the importance of faith? How do I help them see it as their faith? 

I grew up going to church. Faith was always a part of our family’s life. My mom and dad always made God and the church the highest priority. We felt it, but I can’t exactly tell you how I felt it. It just….was. Now, I am a mother to four children, ages 8-3. 

As my children get older, they are able to ask some hard questions, like “Why did God create the tree of good and evil?” and “Does God love Satan, because God says to love our enemies?” Here I am. With my humble faith, doing the best I can to whisper truth in their hearts.

I could give you a list of books, DVD’s, curriculum, and resources, but it wouldn’t touch the heart of living faith day-by-day. We memorize verses for the programs at church. We take them to VBS, youth activities, but I want to share with you some practical ways I make faith a part of our everyday lives. 

1.  I do my Bible reading where they can watch me. I always knew my mom studied the Bible, but I have no memory of seeing her with her Bible open. She always went to her room. Sometimes I do wait until nap time to sneak away by myself to read and study God’s Word. Lately I’ve made a conscious effort to read a few verses in the morning, before we start our day. I sit in the kitchen, at my table, and read a little from the Bible. They see it. Make faith something tangible they see you do. 

2.  We pray for specific requests, and share when God answers! We are in the process of adopting (again), and our paperwork was delayed going to China. We talked with our little ones about how we needed to pray our paperwork would make it to China. The very next day we got word it was there! I was so excited and made a huge deal of God answering our prayers - their prayers. I told them: “Thank you for praying - God heard you!” How amazing to instill in the idea of God listening to our prayers - even at a young age. 

3.  We talk about God all of the time. I love this verse: You shall teach them (God’s commands) diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (Deuteronomy 6:7).  We talk about God when we see something amazing in nature. We talk about attitudes we see in ourselves and in others - comparing it to things God says to do or not to do. One of the best things we’ve started this year is having a verse a week. We pick a verse to memorize or talk about all week long. We talk about what the words mean, and what God is trying to tell us in the verse.

Be creative! Faith doesn’t have to be just at bedtime or meal time. Faith can be a part of our everyday lives! Even your children’s lives. It begins with you, momma. If you are struggling with how to incorporate your faith in your children’s lives, look for God in His Word. Don’t worry about where you were yesterday or what tomorrow will bring. Start today.

If you want help in knowing where to start, my new book is for you. The Glorious Ordinary is a nine-week Bible study designed to lead you into deeper study of God’s Word. No matter if you’ve studied scripture you entire life, or are just starting out, this study is for you. I’ve provided the passages to read, questions to answer, and scripture to memorize. It releases November 30!

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Sarah lives her life with an amazing husband and four little ones (one adopted from China). Her inner-planner girl would like to say she’s super efficient and has the house, homeschool, and husband all neatly organized. But she doesn’t. Sarah’s house is run with fuel from coffee and Jesus. She is learning how to find the thrill of walking one day at a time in the messiness of mundane. She invites you to study God’s Word in your ordinary days. 

If you are having a hard time starting a Bible study habit, check out Sarah’s 5 Steps for Starting a Bible Study Habit - Today! Found at 

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