It’s a reality that sometimes parents do get lost parenting their children. It really is a daunting task, to say the least. Especially when it’s your life-long mission of raising good Christian kids. There will be many stumbling blocks along the way. Moments that you want to give up. Times that you feel lost.
But it’s inherent to parents not to give up, especially when it is about their children’s welfare. For our children to become true followers of Christ, we can direct them toward spiritual markers that will help them find true faith and enjoy a life anchored on God’s love.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10). For parents of young children wanting to instill spiritual wisdom to their children, you should lay the groundwork for that to come to fruition. Introduce to them the proper respect and reverence to God and His Almighty power.
So how do you instill this respect? Teach your young children these truths:
God is powerful. He can do anything.
God always keeps His promises.
He gives us rules that we must obey.
God sees everything that we do.
He loves us so much.
Children ages 5 to 8 are always hungry for knowledge. They love to learn a lot of things at this stage of their life. This is also the time that you infuse your kids with the spiritual wisdom they need. Teach them God’s words through fun Bible Stories and other Christian books. Let them learn the ability to apply God’s words to life situations.
Make sure you familiarize them with this spiritual wisdom:
Who is God? God is the divine creator who is all righteous, powerful and loving whom we can read and talk to in the Bible. There are many stories in the Bible that you can teach your children to know God.
What is the truth? That wisdom and the truth come from the Bible. That we can talk to God through prayer. This also means that you must regularly reaffirm these truths by telling your kids statements like: “God’s word is always right”; “That God loves us and hears our prayer.”
Who is a man? Let them learn that feeling of hurt, depression, etc., that these are real and may be caused by men. That all people are capable to sin, and that God is all forgiving of all our sins.
As your children grow, their faith will be challenged by their surroundings and the people they meet. To withstand this pressure, your children need a secure knowledge of who Jesus is and why He is the only Way.
Receiving grace and giving grace are two different things. The parent’s primary goal for their children age 9 – 11 years old is to let them know that they will receive God’s grace. The point is, as your children become mature and responsible children who truly understand God’s word, and has a healthy relationship with the Almighty Father, they are sure to receive God’s grace.
Receiving grace means the kids are doing something good. But giving grace to others is a totally different thing, particularly to middle elementary kids. It’s intrinsic to them to be selfish in nature. They would want to hold on to their graces. Teaching your kids grace is a tall order. So, if they are going to learn how to give grace, they will need to see their parents consistently giving graces to others.
“Trust in God to show you the way.”; or “Trust God to provide for you,” these are just some affirmation that you can say to your youngster as these are the times that they begin to wonder what their lives will hold. Reassure to them that through their commitment to God, they will not astray in their lives.
These are the times that your older teens begin to ask tough questions in life: “Why is a school so unfair?” “Why did God let my boyfriend left me for another girl?” and other questions you might find no answer. If this happens, it could have a tremendous impact on their faith.
Parents must provide the perspective that God is sovereign in all things. They also need to see you trust in God, particularly in difficult situations. Always be open to their questions, no matter how hard it is. If you don’t have an answer, admit it—then find the answer together.
Walking with them on this journey of life will certainly give them the positive perspective they need.
As your children grow, continue to teach them how to deepen their relationship with God. Show them that this bond with God can be their powerful armor to surpass all of life’s complexities.
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