Grace For The Growing Family
Family is just one of the marvelous and unique creations of God. Many Kingdom households differ from one door to the next with one thing in common, our faith. Most of us have heard, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6 NKJV. The responsibility of being the primary spiritual influencer in a child’s life as a parent or guardian can carry heavy weight. Especially in a world where the media, music and even peers can bring exposure to things that don’t align with The Gospel.
In response, Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:6 NKJV; “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Sometimes life might interfere with the ability to implement faith-based exercises and strategically develop spiritual habits in our children. We work and provide for our family and sometimes have to fight for our own spiritual time, but it really isn’t that hard at all with the grace of God and prayer.
In a short commute to school, there is an opportunity for a quick praise party in the car to their favorite song from Kidz World. At bedtime prayer, we can respond to their prayer request with scripture. When their friends at school don’t understand why they love God and are going to church so much, we can remind them of a time that God was there for your family. So many of the stories in the bible can mirror testimonies of today and even some of their favorite movies. These are just a few great tools to let it stick!
Like Proverbs 22:6 tells us we are responsible for directing their path, and we’ll find that 2 Timothy 3:15 NKJV says, “From childhood, you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus..”
Is it a big responsibility? It sure is, but we were made and equipped by our creator for such a time as this.