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4 Personal God Things to Share with Your Child

This month’s video provides some great ideas for Personal God Things to Share With Your Child to encourage their spiritual growth.

Many parents communicate that they are at a loss when it comes to answering kids’ tough questions about God. For example, when someone close passes away—a friend or family member—parents scramble to teach their kids about life, death and heaven. More often than not, parents end up avoiding complicated matters altogether!

Instead of waiting until certain topics come up, make a list of subjects you want to talk about and begin addressing them one by one, casually, but through your eyes. How do you know God is real? Share that with your child! How have you experienced God’s love? Try to express this in a way they can understand; this means talking to your child about what you believe personally.

Annemarie Scobey produces a family spirituality newsletter where she describes how she and her husband share “the little miracles or Godincidences” as she calls them with their children. She has found her children are beginning to understand how God is involved in everything in life! She says doing this has taught her kids that a relationship with God is not about praying for miracles, but rather giving credit to God when you know He has been involved.

This week’s video offers four solid ideas for spiritual things you can talk about with your kids. When they hear about your experiences, they will be better prepared for understanding God’s involvement when they go through their own.

Do your kids know how you feel about God? Do you talk about God in everyday conversation, or do you keep your relationship with God private?

Sharing your walk with the Lord with your kids may be one of the most important things you do as a parent. Deuteronomy 6:4–7 says, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them [the commands of God] on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

This doesn’t mean a set time once a week where the family sits down at the table and discusses God things. Notice what God says through Moses—talk about them “when you sit” and “when you walk along the road” and “when you lie down and when you get up.”

Basically, talk about God-things all the time with your kids!

One great place to talk about God with your kids is in the car. They are captive audiences even if it’s a short three-minute drive to a sports practice. Don’t be hesitant to share how you saw God working in your life while they were at school—even if they have friends in the car!

Or, make use of drive time in the morning by asking your kids if they have a big test that day, or anything they are concerned about. Then pray out loud for them (eyes open, of course!) It may feel awkward at first, but your kids will store up those memories in their hearts, and it will likely be something they miss as teens.

Mark Holman writes “We were never called to be ‘one-hour-at-church-only Christians.’” He says if all we do is spend an hour with God at church each week, that doesn’t demonstrate a loving relationship but “it actually leads our children to think that Christianity is hypocritical because it’s something we only do at church and not at home.”

Raising kids who love God starts with you loving God. Children watch everything, and they absorb more than you might realise. When they see your relationship with God modelled in all aspects of your life and they know you love and follow Him, it impacts them.

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