Making the Faith Real for our Children

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When I stand and face the Lord I hope to hear him say, “well done good and faithful servant.” Knowing that I am so very far from perfection I pray daily that this day can be used for His will in my life.  I believe our biggest calling as parents is passing the faith to our children.   Have you considered how you are making the faith real to the next generation?  Why is it that so many children are becoming luke warm or leaving the faith?  Parents- it is our calling to raise up these children to be warriors for Christ!

Here are some ways to make the faith come alive for children.

1- Worship weekly at church. Children need to see us getting dressed up… seeing that this time is the most important time that we give in our week.

2- Pray out loud as a family. Sharing memorized prayers helps young minds grasp and follow along. Praying from our hearts helps older children know how to talk to God and introduces them to their relationship with him.  Be sure and pray several times a day as well as a family!

3- Read the Bible together!  There are so many fantastic children’s Bibles available… be sure and read a story each night before bed.  And let your children ‘catch’ you reading your Bible too.

4- Make Christ visual in our homes.  We need pictures hung and verses in the wall.  These things may seem easy to skip over, but children notice.  Subliminal messages are sometimes the strongest ones.

5- Parent with gentleness.  Treat every child as Jesus would.  This means calming our own frustrations when we are at whits end and quietly asking for His guidance.  It means smiling at children we don’t know and always welcoming our children’s friends into our home with love and grace.

6- Sing his praises. Do your children know simple bible school songs? Sing them in the morning during your getting ready routine.  Play contemporary Christian music in your car.  And introduce Christian entertainment instead of the regular cartoons they watch.

7- Teach reverence and sacredness of tradition.  So many young adults decide that picking and choosing what to follow of their faith.  We need to set the example that God’s law IS THE LAW and that we cannot pick and choose what to follow.  (Do your children know the Ten Commandments?)

8- Disciple to others.  Sharing our faith is the core discipleship.  We all have different paths in life and we need to share our Light with all whom we meet.  Our actions, words, and reactions are all being observed (and sometimes analyzed!) by others.  Be sure that our daily interactions with our husbands, children, extended family, friends and co-workers are those that would exude His example.

 

Easter Preparations:  Right now we are preparing for the most sacred time of year in this season of Lent.  Use this time to bring reverence for the sacrifice that He made for us.  Here are a few ideas to bring Christ and His love to your child’s heart during this season:

Resurrection eggs

Stations of the cross (at your local Catholic church.  I HIGHLY recommend going to the children’s version no matter what your denomination.  This is a must do!)

Rice bowls

Fasting: This can be abstaining from sweets, quitting bad habits, or also shown in the way of adding something that you don’t normally do to your day (

Crafts and Activities from Lacy Rabideau’s blog

 

Happy Sunday and many Blessings to you and your family!  xo

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