I have a million things I want to teach my kids. Good manners…how to aim in the toilet… reading, writing, arithmetic, music…you get the point. I get excited at all the potential, however, it is often accompanied with a sense of overwhelming responsibility and a mind-block on where to start.
I was talking with my sister- in-law last week, and she shared that she starts their homeschool day with the things that are most important. The things that she would want her kids to know if today was her last opportunity to teach them.
I thought this was a great way to prioritize some of the things I need to be teaching our kids. What is most important?
It didn’t take long for me to pinpoint my top priority. I want my kids to know God…
To feel anchored in this life…to have a place to go for answers and a safe place to share their hurts. A place of joy and peace. A place of purpose.
I thought it would be a good challenge to come up with some practical ways I could incorporate faith into our day to day. Perhaps your family could benefit as well.
Simple Ways to Foster Faith in Your Family
1.Memorize scripture: Pick a verse for the week, and tackle it every morning after breakfast. (Here’s a great list to get you started.)
2. Decorate with God’s Word: Put God’s word at eye level by hanging scriptures around your house. If you don’t want to spend the money at Hobby Lobby, find some free printables, or write them out yourself.
3. Attend church: Make church a priority for the whole family.
4. Read scripture out loud: While they color a picture or eat their lunch, take advantage of their stuffed mouths and fill their minds with God’s word.
5. Pray together: Before everyone heads out the door in the morning, say a blessing over the day, or perhaps you can take the last few moments of your day to pray together before bedtime.
6. Listen to Christian music: Find music that has a strong faith message and a style you enjoy and go to town. (There is also a plethora of children’s Christian music, designed to teach the Bible and memorize scripture.)
7. Make your faith visible: Be a fellow-learner. Let you kids see you reading the Bible. Let them hear your prayers for patience and sanity.
8. Provide wholesome entertainment: Find shows, books, and movies that emphasize the Bible and the development of Godly character.
9. Give them opportunity to apply their faith: let them give, and serve at home, church, and in your community.
10. Family devotions: Choose a devotional to work through as a family. Do it once a day or once a week, whatever works best for your family. Here are a list of our favorites.
11. Create conversation starters: Jot down a list of questions or ideas to present to your kids while you go about your day. (you can put in on our fridge or on the dashboard of your van)
The goal is to not stress about getting it all perfect but to start something small and add a little more everyday.
More Resources to Foster Faith in Your Kids
- Kid-Friendly Family Devotional Books
- Simple Ways to Foster Faith in Your Kids
- Printable Memory Verse List
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