Children are so impressionable. Even teenagers! From the time that they are born they are learning from you by example. The things that you do, the things that you say… children will mimic them in their own way. If you are a Christian mom then I’m sure you want your children to grow up loving Jesus, am I right? This is why our level of faith influences our children.
Think about it. There are so many families out there who have a certain set of beliefs, and those beliefs are usually passed on to their children. We see proof of this in our everyday lives. So if you want your children to grow into Jesus followers, then you need to let them see you following Jesus. If you want your children to grow up to be missionaries, then you need to let them see you getting involved in local or international missions.
We can’t shape our children into something that we aren’t practicing ourselves. When children are growing up we can’t teach them by the “do as I say, not as I do” philosophy. That simply doesn’t work. We have to lead by example. We have to show them how to nurture their relationship with Christ.
HERE ARE TEN THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOUR CHILD NURTURE THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST:
- Let them see you praying and pray with them out loud daily.
- Set aside a quiet time for yourself and for them. Reading the word during an intentionally scheduled quiet time teaches them to be intentional about reading the word.
- Bake cookies or other goodies together and let them deliver those goodies to neighbors or church family.
- Create a prayer box and add a prayer to the box every day. Let them write their own prayers also, and then spend some time going through the box praying together every day. This could be a great bedtime routine.
- Let them see you invite a stranger to church.
- Host a Bible study in your home and invite moms to bring their children.
- Let your child lead a Bible study at the same time for those children in attendance. (Help them prepare)
- Speak truth into your children. Find ways to edify the things that make them special, and remind them how much Jesus loves them. (You can read more on this here.)
- Help an elderly neighbor with their yard work or carrying in their groceries. Children LOVE to help do things like this.
- Speak softly to them and give lots of hugs. When we lose our temper with our children (which I’m ashamed to say I do at times) it teaches them to lose their temper and creates anxiety that is avoidable.
So what are some ways that you let your level of faith influence your children? Share some of the things that you do at home to help create a safe, Jesus loving environment in your home? Comment below!