Thursday, September 6, 2012
What to teach your littles about God
As a fairly new mom, my oldest is only 3, I've been in a constant state of learning-as-we-go. But there is also another aspect to being a mother, which is TEACHING as you go as well! And just as you spend time teaching how to brush little teeth, go potty and clean up toys...we need to be teaching God's Word and principles.
Some of the first principles that we can teach to our little ones are:
1. Jesus love you
2. He is good
3. God is watching over you
How do I do this?
Well, I start out telling my little Sydney, "Do you know that Jesus loves you? And did you know that Jesus is good?" She is usually quiet as she listens.
And then I remind her that God is always with her and watching her, so she doesn't have to be scared. She usually replies with the sweetest, "okay, Mommy."
And that's it. Pretty simple and easy. But it is setting the the foundation of God's principles in her little heart.
We also pray before our meals, a simple prayer like, "Heavenly Father, thank you for this food and bless it to our bodies. Amen." Now she doesn't always WANT to say a prayer, so Hubby and I still pray, modeling the proper behavior even if she isn't too interested. I know that in her little mind, it was always hold the truth that Mommy and Daddy asked for God's blessing over our meals.
And one of the most important jobs of a parent speaking God's blessing over our children. Usually when I have one of my precious little ones in my arms, I speak God's blessing over them. Here's a simple prayer example, but feel free to dive into the Scriptures and find every good blessing and speak it over your child. There is no area too "small" not to pray over!
Our Father in Heaven, I ask you to bless this child with favor with You and with people, that he/she will know you at a young age and his/her heart will always be bent toward you. Please guide this child in the way of wisdom and lead her/him along straight paths (Proverbs 4:11). I ask that no weapon formed against her/him shall prosper, and that every tongue raised against them will be silenced (Isaiah 54:17). And that he/she will renew his/her mind by reading your Word, so that she/he would be able to test and approve what Your will is--Your good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2). And by the wounds of Jesus, we he/she will have healing (Isaiah 53:5). Father, that your Word be a lamp to her/his feet, and a light to her/his path (Psalm 119:105). I ask this in the name of Yeshua, the Name above every name. Amen.
Every day you have with the child God entrusted you to raise well, is a day you can teach and train them up in the way of the Lord. Everything they encounter in the world will attempt to pry them away from Truth, but the ground work you lay now will be the foundation to which they will return.
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
I'm praying for all of you who read this blog, if you are hoping to be a parent one day, are a new parent, an old one or even a grand one! Ha ha ha!
That the importance of your job is not lost, but instead highlighted. And that God gives you His wisdom and understanding to raise your children or grandchildren well--for this is the will of God.
In Him, By Him and For Him,
Posted by Tiffany at 9:31 PM