Have you ever found yourself sitting at the dinner table, looking across at the younger faces, and wondering, “How can I pass down our faith to them?” If you have, you’re not alone. It’s a question that has been asked by every generation, and it’s the question we’re going to dive into today.
In a world that’s changing faster than ever, passing down our faith to the next generation can seem like a daunting task. But don’t worry, it’s not an impossible one. In fact, it’s one of the most rewarding journeys you can embark on.
In this blog post, I’m going to share practical ways to share your faith with the younger generation.
Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or mentor, this post is for you. If you’ve ever felt the weight of the responsibility to guide the next generation in their faith journey, stick around. We’re in this together, and we’re excited to explore this important topic with you.
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[00:07:51] Parenting doesn’t guarantee children’s religious obedience.
[00:12:36] “Sharing faith with others, including children, and coworkers.
[00:15:24] Encouraging prayer during times of fear.
[00:20:16] Seek God’s guidance in decisions and plans.
[00:22:00] Sharing faith by involving family; remembering God.
[00:26:12] Israelites cross the river and leave a memorial for remembrance.
[00:29:34] God calls for life markers, shared with children
[00:35:39] Importance of remembering God’s promises and provision.
[00:38:40] Daily Lord time, verse cards, powerful reminder.
How to pass down our faith to the Next Generation
Where my journey starts
My children are 13, 10, and 7 and I have a confession to make. One of my biggest fears is that my children will decide to walk away from The Lord.
As a mom, I sometimes feel powerless because I know that faith is not inherited. It’s something that my children need to choose for themselves.
In these moments of helplessness, I look to the Bible for wisdom. In doing so, The Lord reminds me that there are many things I can do to encourage my children in their faith.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.Deuteronomy 6:5-9
These verses emphasize the importance of actively and intentionally passing down our faith to the next generation.
Integrating our Faith in our Daily Life
These verses give us clear instructions to “teach them diligently to your children”. This highlights the need for deliberate and consistent efforts in sharing religious values, beliefs, and practices.
This verse guides us by encouraging us to have constant conversations about faith in our homes, whether we are sitting at home, walking along the way, lying down, or getting up for the day.
This shows how faith should be part of every aspect of daily life.
Having children is hard, and it’s easy to let small moments pass by without talking about The Lord.
But, I want my children to know The Lord, so I have to show them when they can trust The Lord and how they can talk to Him.
My children scare easily and will often wake up crying because they had a bad dream. It would be easy for me to just calm my children down and go back to sleep.
Instead, I remind my children that The Lord is with them and that they are not alone. I also remind them they can talk to Him about their fears and to give Him their fears and worries.
Then, I will ask them if they would like to pray, or if they want me to pray. We then spend a few moments praying together and then sometimes I sing them a song to help them remember to give The Lord their fears.
This is just one example of how I show my children The Lord in our daily lives.
Our faith needs to be more than just actions:
It’s not enough that we talk about The Lord and share scripture with our children.
The Lord commands us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength”. This means that our actions are not enough.
We must do more than just talk about our faith, we need to let The word of God guide and influence our actions and thoughts.
We should also depend on God to guide our decision-making and influence our behaviour.
This past year, my oldest daughter wanted to go with her youth group to Mexico on a missionary trip.
When she talked about it, she was adamant that she was going and we were talking about the steps to make it happen.
But as the year went on, I felt uneasy about it.
Even though missionary trips are a good idea, I knew we had not prayed about my daughter going or spent any time asking The Lord what He wanted her to do.
So, we pressed on the breaks. We took some time to pray as a family and asked The Lord what He wanted us to do.
We then gave The Lord some time to work in our hearts.
Over the span of a few weeks, The Lord gave us a clear answer and peace about what we were doing and why.
This was a great example of how we need to depend on The Lord to guide our lives, and it showed my daughter how to seek The Lord’s will- even if it’s something “good” we want to do.
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Hang visible reminders of faith in the home:
As a mom of 3, I get easily distracted and I sometimes forget God’s goodness or the things He has done for me.
He knows our brains were made to forget, so these verses encourage us to write His promises on the doorposts of the house.
We should have visible reminders and declarations of our faith to all who enter our home.
For us, we have a sign above our front closet that says: “As for me and my house, we will serve The Lord.”
It’s a small sign that doesn’t take up a lot of space, but it’s a way to show others what we believe and a good reminder to us that our home belongs to God and we need to give Him the glory.
To make sure our faith is passed down, we need to teach our children about it. This means having many conversations about faith. We can do this when we’re at home, going somewhere, or just relaxing.
By including faith in our daily lives, we give our children a real-life example of what it means to have a relationship with God.
When we bring faith into our everyday routines and make it a part of our lives, we create an atmosphere where God’s presence is noticeable.
This helps us build a solid foundation for our children to develop their own personal relationship with the Lord.
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