|Spot the faith training on my to-do list!|
A mom’s most important job, in my opinion, is to introduce her kids to God and help them grow in their faith. Kids who are rooted in God’s love can face anything life throws their way.
As a single mom, I have limited time. However, God is bigger than my schedule. He’s helped me teach my children in creative, on-the-go ways.
I explain the biblical reasons (or lack thereof!) behind my everyday choices. Interactions with people, responses to traffic jams, weather patterns, budgeting concerns—everything is an opportunity to teach my kids that God is present and involved in our world. Helping them apply their relationship with God to real life situations is as simple as trusting God, and talking about it.
When they were small, my children loved Clubhouse Jr. and Clubhouse magazines, from Focus on the Family. I felt comfortable handing my kids these magazines, knowing they would find only uplifting, biblical stories and games that supported my goal of helping them grow in faith and love. I think Focus on the Family offers these magazines free to families in need. Call 1-800-A-FAMILY to be sure. They may also offer a free counseling session and referrals to local counselors who meet their standard.
Listening to Christian radio and CDs while driving is another great opportunity to instill biblical truth into our kids. Younger kids love the lively Mr. Henry's Wild and Wacky Totally True Bible stories, told by Frank Peretti. Later, my children developed a strong biblical foundation for their financial decisions, thanks to Dave Ramsey’s FinancialPeace University CDs. We’ve discussed many sermons in our van, too.
As teens, my kids still need discipleship. When I pray for them early in the day, I put the insights and instructions I want to share with them onto my to-do lists. I don’t always get to them immediately, but at least I have the reminder for when we can snatch a few moments, before the day has zoomed by. I’ll usually share a related Bible verse, too.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden,” invites Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30, “… and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (ESV). Discipling kids is not a heavy task reserved only for those parents who have the time. It’s a natural part of our walk with God.
How has God helped you disciple your children?
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