Family is very important to you, you want to see your family, especially your kids, growing spiritually by having a close relationship with God. But it’s hard to know where to begin — or even to find the time with everything that you and your family have to do: work, school, home duties, church and all the things you have to do. Where do you find the time to grow closer to God together?
If you’re like most parents, you’re still trying to figure out what faith looks like in your own life.
To help you get started, we at Biblewaymag gathered some of our favorite tips that will help you to do just that. If you’ll be intentional to phase them in over time, they should gradually begin happening naturally:
1. Keep it simple.
It is believe that the average adult can listen for about 30 seconds before their mind wants to wander. Kids’ attention spans are even shorter. So don’t try to make things too complicated. Instead of trying to “explain,” try asking leading questions. Feed your child’s natural curiosity. Your questions — and theirs — will fuel meaningful conversations.
2. Make it fun.
Make studying God’s word fun for you and your family, make it an adventure just like your life is an adventure. You can do this by making the Bible practical or relevant to them by helping them to apply biblical principles to their lives. It is very important that when you are doing this you use age-appropriate language they can understand. Don’t try to “teach.” Encourage exploration, with gentle course corrections where they need it.
3. Be an example.
Don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk. Live out your faith. Children models what they see their parents do, so be an example to them. You can’t lead your children to places you haven’t been. And connecting with the Bible — every day — is one of the best ways we know to grow.
4. Schedule family time together.
As the saying goes, a family that prays together, stays together. Schedule regular family times to talk about faith and spiritual things. For example few minutes in the morning for family devotion, 60min on a Saturday afternoon to read the Bible together and pray. Make it a family priority to attend church regularly — and to participate. Then stay consistent, both at home and in your community of faith.
“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Deuteronomy 6:6–7 (NIV)
Children, do what your parents tell you.
This is only right. “Honor your father and mother”
is the first commandment that has a promise attached to it,
namely, “so you will live well and have a long life.”
Fathers, don’t exasperate your children by coming down hard on them.
Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master.