Part 1: Creating a Biblical Foundation for our Kids
They say, “time flies when you are having fun,” but we really need it to slow down! Tomorrow, our girl, our first born turns ten years old...two handfuls!
From the day she was born, we prayed that she would come to know the Lord at a young age, that she would love Him with all of her heart, and that she would serve Him all her days. She gave her heart to Jesus when she was seven years old and she continues to grow in her knowledge of His Word, which allows her to know Him better in an intimate relationship.
We are living in an evil world that is doing all it can to capture our kids, we as parents must create a battle plan to fight back. On the eve of her tenth birthday, I want to share with you what we are doing in our home to intentionally point our daughter to Christ:
1. Hide His Word in Her Heart: Psalm 119:11 tells us to hide His Word in our hearts so that we may not sin against Him. We put a big emphasis on memorizing Scripture. Her daddy started this with her when she started Kindergarten. They memorize a verse a week as they are going to school in the mornings. She is always so proud at the end of the week to tell me what Scripture she has learned. There is no doubt that she knows more Scripture from memory than I do, so the Lord is using her now to challenge me to learn more.
2. Bible Study: We have always shown her the importance of getting in God’s Word. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. With a daddy as a pastor and a mom that’s involved in Bible studies, she has seen us in the Word. It’s so important that your kids see you reading the Bible. Just this year, she started a Bible study during recess at her school! They meet every Wednesday and anyone is welcome to attend. Mommas, know that our kids are watching and observing our actions!
3. Missions/Giving Back: Missions and helping others is very important in our home. Here are a few ways that we teach our kids about giving back:
4. Sharing Christ: I have never seen a ten year old who is so bold in her faith and so burdened for her friends that don’t know Christ. I have watched with my own eyes as she has walked two of her friends through the plan of salvation and watched as they prayed to receive Christ as their Savior! She is so proud to invite her friends, teachers and even strangers to church. Just this week, one of her teachers visited our church and they said, “Your daughter invited me!” Y’all...she makes me want to be a better person! I want the boldness that she has!
We have prayed and sought direction from the Lord in our parenting. We sure do not always get it right and there are many times we are having to ask for forgiveness because our parenting choices are just not the best. We have not hit the teen years yet, so give it a few more years and I may be blogging asking for advice and wisdom on how to handle it! Ha! I love that we can learn from each other.
Seek out those that are steps ahead of you and that you respect their parenting and ask for their wisdom! Our kids are surrounded by amazing people that have poured into their lives, so next week I will be sharing with you about the "Rites of Passage" that we started on this milestone birthday.
Laura is a pastor's wife, mom to two crazy fun kids, part-time marketing director, loves hanging out in her community and building relationships...oh and loves to laugh!