Another installment of Parents University, once again hosted by the lovely Kat. This week's topic is Faith.
Wow, this is a VERY big subject, and one that I can get really excited about.....but I'll try to keep this short. One note, for anyone who doesn't normally read this blog: My children are still very small! My oldest is only 4 1/2, so I haven't really dealt with any older issues. Also, the things I have to say about what works for us are just that....what works for us.
Mark 10:14-15 "When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.'"
The first thing that I would point out is that children trust us as parents. They know that we have their best interest in mind and they know that the things we say are true. So what better time to fill their minds with the word of God than while they are young!
Children are like sponges, right? They soak up EVERY word we say (even if we don't want them to!). So in my mind, it is so very important for us to always lead our children to the Lord.
One way that we do this is to point out their blessings to them. The kids are having fun playing outside? We talk about how God created everything (the sun that is warming us, the trees providing us shade, the flowers they are picking out in yard, etc...), and we take the time to thank Him for it.
We also have noticed that our four year old has an amazing memory. He can remember entire books, the whole plots of movies, pretty much everything that has happened in his life. One thing we do with this is to provide him with memory verses. I'm always amazed how many he can remember at a time! But even my two year old is good at remembering verses. I try to choose shorter ones for him, but sometimes we just have to work longer on the longer verses. We do this so that our children can store up God's precious word in their hearts.....Psalm 119:11 says, "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."
We also try to keep our children surrounded with books, movies and tv shows that have a Christian theme, as a way to teach them and get them familiar with Bible stories.
I don't think there is a more important job for us as parents, than to teach our children about our Mighty God and his desire to know each of us personally!