My wife told me yesterday’s post made her look lazy so I thought I better correct that notion in a hurry! I’m not the only parent encouraging our children to spend time with God. In fact, my wife does far more than I do in that department. When it comes to the kids, Kim does more than me in just about all departments. After all, I can wake up early to spend time with God before the house “wakes up” because of her willingness to care for the kids when they wake up in the middle of the night! Yes, I do get up with the kids on ocassion but the ratio is well in her favor when considering who gets up to care for those little emergencies in the wee hours of the morning. So, that said, I thought I might write an article about how moms can encourage their kids to love Jesus using Kim as my illustration.
Kim takes great care of both the kids and me! We are incredibly blessed by all she does! I could write many articles describing all of the myriad of ways she takes care of us. But, one of the greatest ways she cares for our kids is through the many avenues by which she leads them to Jesus each day. She prays with them, reads to them, sings to them and talks with them about our faith in Christ every day. By far the bulk of what they know of their faith comes through the day to day activity they enjoy with their mother.
Kim reads Bible stories to the kids using The Rhyme Bible Storybook by L.J. Sattgast and published by Zondervan. This book tells the stories of Scripture in easy to remember rhyme and is fun for the kids to recite with her. She also uses Youtube and iTunes to sing with them the choruses we sing at church each Sunday. Our kids could practically lead Sunday worship because of the worship they enjoy with mom at home during the week! Kim also leads the kids in prayer around the table, with me at bedtime and at random times during the day when there is a need which might need to be taken to God. She teaches the kids that God loves and cares for them through the grace and gift of prayer to Him.
We have all heard the old adage, “The greatest sermon you’ll ever preach is how you live your life.” This old saying rings truest in the realm of the home. The greatest way a mom communicates faith to her children is the way she lives the little (and not so little) moments of her life. Kids watch their parents to see how they act in any and every situation. I remember watching my parents when a cashier gave them too much money in change or when someone cut them off as they drove or when someone spoke an unkind word to them. The reaction of my parents to these and other such events taught me whether the faith they professed with their mouth was the faith they believed in their heart. Kim lives this same kind of witness to our kids each day they spend with her. While her words speak her faith clearly, her life confirms what she speaks is actually true. The kids and I thank God for Kim and her great witness for Christ.
A Few Ideas On How to Encourage Your Kids To Love Jesus
- Read the stories of the Bible to them in a fun format such as “The Rhyme Bible Storybook by L.J. Sattgast
- Sing the faith with your kids through a well thought out playlist using Youtube or iTunes
- Realize the dramatic stage you live upon and enjoy the opportunity it brings! Know that your kids are watching to see if you live what you say you believe
- Pull out the crayons! I didn’t mention this in the article above but our kids love to color and there are lots of coloring books with Christian themes to enjoy with them. (Find one here) Color with your kids (you may find it relaxing) and talk with them about the pictures you work on together.