I get the privilege all day long to talk with people about ideas on how to keep God’s word and His ways in our families daily. Because this is a constant topic with parents, I know that all parents want to be successful in raising their kids and know that having God in their families is imperative to that success. For many parents, they just don’t know how or where to start.
Here are just a few suggestions:
1. Relate God’s word to everyday life and activities.
– Use your car time to discuss God’s word or His character. Why not just share what you are reading in your daily time with God. It will show your kids that you are not only telling them to do something but that you too are doing it.
– Take walks and discuss the wonder of His creation. Point out nature, animals etc and talk about what an incredible creator we have.
– Let your children see how you handle crisis that may arise. It is better to be strategic about this because they will see even if you don’t want them to.
– Discuss their day at the end of the day and share with them how they acted in Christ like ways.
2. Plan structured times of Bible teaching for the family.
– Choose a time that works for everyone, but make sure that you put it on the calendar and treat it like an appointment.
-Keep the Bible age appropriate.
– Encourage kids to take part. This time should not always be mom or dad preaching to their kids for 20 minutes. Remember, kids learn best by doing. Bring out some old clothes, props etc and challenge each member of the family to direct a home movie of a Bible story using only the props and clothes collected as a group. (These also make for some great bribery moments in the future).
3. Vary what you do during your family devotional time.
– Collect missionary cards (you know those cards that they give out that look like business cards and they want you to put them on your refrigerator and think bout them etc.). Put these cards in a basket and at the end of the day have your child pull out a card and pray for the person who is on the card you pulled out, pray for the place they are a missionary to.
– Vary the amount of time you have family devotion. Sometimes family devotions can stretch out too long because of your personal soap box. You may have put on your calendar an hour but one night it goes only 30 minutes, then end it. Think of how you feel when a meeting at work gets out a little early at times.
– When you go and pick up your child from kids church, stop asking if they had “fun” and start digging into what they “learned”. Use these lessons to continue to teach them throughout the week.
Talk with them about the days lesson they learned as you drive in the car, which then will bring you back around to my first suggestion above.
What ideas do you have?
What have you found the best way to keep God’s business in your family business?