How can you be more intentional about passing your faith on to your kids? Yesterday I started a three-part series on this topic, and I talked about making sure that our “walk” matches our talk.”
I also shared why it’s so important to really listen to your kids, instead of simply preaching at them. Here are a few more ideas for Christian parents:
Teach your kids to pray. Help them to understand that rather a formal theological exercise, prayer is simply an ongoing conversation with God.
When you pray with them, use clear, straightforward language…just as you would in a conversation with a friend. One helpful guide to personal prayer is the ACTS model (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication).
Have regular family devotions—and make them relevant and FUN! Many parents struggle to lead a family devotional time because they feel inadequate. If that’s you, take advantage of some of the excellent, age-specific devotional resources available from Focus on the Family and other Christian ministries.
A great book on this topic is 52 Creative Family Time Experiences: Fun Ways to Bring Faith Home, by Timothy Smith.
Model an “attitude of gratitude.” One of the best ways to teach your kids to be thankful is by having a grateful attitude yourself. Remember to express thankfulness to God on a regular basis…even for the simple things like a roof over your head and food on the table.
Also, model gratitude in your relationships with others. Make sure to express thankfulness to friends, relatives, and co-workers…and not only when they do something special for you. Let them know how much you appreciate them just for who they are.
I’ll have more ideas in tomorrow’s report.
I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.
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