Growing Closer to God: The Power of Praying Together as a Family

As parents, we want to raise our children in a way that nurtures their spiritual growth and deepens their relationship with God. One powerful tool we have at our disposal is the act of coming together as a family to pray. In this blog post, I’ll explore the significance of family prayer. Continue to read as I share with you the power of praying together as a family.

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The Power of Praying Together as a Family

Creating a Habit of Family Prayer

The first step in embracing family prayer is to make it a regular part of our daily lives.

In our daily lives, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness and overlook the importance of prayer. However, setting aside dedicated time for prayer is important for deepening our relationship with God and nurturing our family’s faith.

Establishing a prayer routine that works for your family’s schedule may seem challenging at first, but with a little intentionality and creativity, it can become a meaningful and cherished practice.

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Teaching the Purpose of Prayer

Understanding the purpose of prayer is essential for children to engage with it wholeheartedly.

Prayer is a special way for us to connect with God and share our hearts with Him. It’s like having a conversation with our Heavenly Father, who loves and cares for us deeply. The purpose of prayer is to build a relationship with God, seek His guidance, express our gratitude, share our worries and joys, and find comfort in His presence.

When we pray, we open our hearts and minds to God. We talk to Him, just like we talk to a close friend or a loving parent. We can tell Him about our dreams, hopes, and fears.

We can ask Him for help when we feel confused or need strength. We can thank Him for all the good things in our lives, like family, friends, and the beautiful world around us.

Prayer also helps us grow closer to God. It’s a way to show Him that we trust Him and rely on Him. It’s a way to invite His wisdom and guidance into our lives.

When we pray, we listen to God too. Sometimes, He may speak to our hearts and give us comfort or direction. He loves us so much and wants us to know Him better through prayer.

Prayer is not about saying fancy words or having all the answers. It’s about being honest and sincere with God.

We can pray anytime and anywhere, whether it’s in the morning, before bed, or even during the day when we need His help or want to share something special with Him.

So, remember, the purpose of prayer is to connect with God, share our hearts, seek His guidance, express gratitude, and find comfort in His loving presence. It’s a beautiful way to grow closer to Him and experience His love and care in our lives.

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Encourage family Participation

Prayer should be inclusive and allow each family member to have a voice.

Including your children in prayer is a wonderful way to help them grow in their faith and develop a personal relationship with God.

By involving them in prayer, you teach them that their voices and thoughts matter to God.

Encourage your children to join in family prayers and express their own prayers.

Let them know that they can talk to God about anything on their hearts, whether it’s thanking Him for blessings, asking for guidance, or sharing their worries and joys.

By including your children in prayer, you create a loving and safe space where they feel valued and connected to God. It’s a beautiful opportunity for them to learn and grow in their spiritual journey while strengthening the bond within your family.

Praying for Others

Praying for others as a family is a powerful and meaningful way to show love and support to those around us. It teaches our children the importance of caring for others and demonstrates the power of prayer in making a positive impact.

When we pray for others, we lift them up to God, asking Him to provide comfort, healing, guidance, and blessings in their lives. It helps us develop empathy and compassion as we become more aware of the needs and struggles of others.

Praying for others as a family also strengthens the bond within our own family, as we come together in unity, seeking God’s intervention and expressing our love for those in need. I

It’s a beautiful way to teach our children the value of selflessness and cultivate a heart of service.

Why is praying together as a family so important? 

  • Teaching and Role Modeling: Praying together allows parents to teach and model important values and principles to their children. It helps instill a sense of reverence, gratitude, and humility. Children learn from their parent’s example and guidance, and family prayer provides a platform to demonstrate the importance of prayer, faith, and reliance on a higher power.
  • Unity and Bonding: Praying together creates a sense of unity and bonding within the family. It provides an opportunity for family members to connect on a deeper level, share their joys and struggles, and seek solace and guidance together. Praying as a family helps build trust, compassion, and empathy among family members, strengthening the overall family dynamic.
  • Building a Foundation for Life: Praying together as a family establishes a strong foundation for life. Regular family prayer fosters a lifelong habit of turning to prayer in times.

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Praying together as a family Teaches our children about God:

When prayers are answered, it becomes a powerful teaching moment for children to learn about God and His presence in their lives.

Here are some ways in which answered prayers can teach children about God.

A: Faith and Trust:

Answered prayers teach children the importance of faith and trust in God. When they see that their prayers are being heard and answered, it strengthens their belief that God is faithful and reliable.

It encourages them to continue seeking God’s guidance and relying on Him in all aspects of their lives.

B: God’s Timing and Wisdom:

Sometimes prayers are answered in unexpected ways or at a different time than expected. This teaches children that God’s wisdom surpasses their own understanding.

They learn that God knows what is best for them and that His timing is perfect. It helps them develop patience, resilience, and a willingness to surrender their desires to God’s greater plan.

C: Gratitude and Thankfulness:

When a prayer is answered, it instills a sense of gratitude and thankfulness in children. They learn to recognize and appreciate God’s blessings in their lives.

Expressing gratitude for answered prayers cultivates a humble and appreciative heart, teaching children to acknowledge God’s goodness and faithfulness.

D: Helps deepen their Relationship with God:

Answered prayers deepen a child’s relationship with God. They learn that prayer is not just a one-sided conversation but a genuine dialogue with their Heavenly Father.

It encourages children to continue seeking God’s guidance, sharing their joys, concerns and desires with Him. This personal connection with God forms the foundation for a lifelong relationship built on trust, love, and open communication.

Conclusion:

Praying together as a family is an important part of raising godly children. By cultivating a habit of family prayer, we create a spiritual bond that strengthens our family and nurtures our children’s faith.

In the comments below, share a story about a time you saw the power of praying together as a family.

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10 Parenting Tips for Raising Godly Children

We know what an amazing and important role we have in nurturing our children’s spiritual growth. It’s a journey filled with love and joy. We also have the privilege of helping our children become people who love and honour God. To help you with this task, I’m sharing 10 Christian Parenting tips for raising Godly Children. 

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  • [00:02:09] Be a living example to your children
  • [00:06:03] Read different versions of scripture to gain understanding
  • [00:12:28] Allow children to take control of their faith journey
  • [00:21:23] Balance boundaries and generosity, be generous with time and resources.
  • [00:27:47] Practicing gratitude leads to health and happiness
  • [00:29:08] Demonstrate gratitude and encourage open communication.
  • [00:32:03] Teaching forgiveness to children through our actions
  • [00:33:35] Trust in the Lord for guidance and instilling Christian values

10 Parenting Tips for Raising Godly Children

1. Lead by Example

When it comes to raising Godly children, one of the most powerful ways we can teach them is by setting a good example through our own faith. Kids are like little sponges, soaking up everything they see and hear. If we want them to develop a strong relationship with God, we must show them what it looks like in our own lives.

Being a role model means living out our faith authentically and consistently. It means demonstrating love, kindness, honesty, and integrity in our daily interactions. 

Our children are always watching, whether we realize it or not. So, let’s make sure we’re showing them what it means to follow Jesus with our words and actions.

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2. Teach and Discuss Scripture

In our journey of raising Godly children, one of the key ways we can teach them about God is to read and talk about The Bible. 

The Bible is filled with wisdom, guidance, and stories that can shape our children’s hearts and minds. 

When reading the Bible with our children, it’s important to explain the context and background of the passages. This can bring the stories to life and help them connect with the characters and events. 

We can encourage their curiosity by asking open-ended questions. This allows them to express their thoughts, share their insights, and develop a deeper understanding of the Scriptures.

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3. Pray Together

Another thing you can do for raising Godly children is to pray together as a family. This is a great way to deepen our relationship with one another and with God. 

It doesn’t have to be complicated or lengthy – it’s simply about coming together, sharing our hearts, and lifting our voices in prayer.

Find a quiet and cozy spot where you can gather as a family, whether it’s around the dinner table, in a comfy corner of your home, or even outdoors. 

Take turns leading the prayer or invite everyone to participate by expressing their gratitude and sharing their prayer requests. 

Remember, there are no right or wrong words when talking to God. 

Encourage your children to speak from their hearts and share their thoughts and feelings. 

As you pray together, trust that God is listening and that He delights in the voices of your family. Let this time of prayer be a source of comfort, strength, and unity as you grow in your faith and love for one another.

4. Foster a Relationship with God

Help your children develop a personal relationship with God through prayer, worship, and listening to His voice. Encourage them to seek Him in all aspects of life.

That means giving them the tools they need to grow in their faith and become a disciple. 

In our family, it also means letting them lead their relationship with God when they want to take communion or get baptized. 

We also make sure Friday nights are free so we can take our teenagers to youth groups and encourage them to create and keep deeper relationships with friends who will encourage them in their faith.

5. Instill Moral Values

Teach your children the importance of moral values such as kindness, honesty, forgiveness, and respect for others. 

Help them understand the significance of living out these values.

Through age-appropriate discussions and real-life examples, we can help them understand the impact of their actions on those around them.

Encourage them to make choices that align with these values, guiding them to consider the well-being of others and the principles taught in the Bible.

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6. Create a Safe and Loving Home Environment

Build a home where your children feel secure, loved, and accepted. Provide a nurturing environment that fosters emotional and spiritual growth.

Be slow to anger and quick to listen.

Listen to their problems and ask what they need. 

Give them space to work out their faith and support their journey. 

7. Set Clear Boundaries

Establish reasonable and consistent boundaries for your children. Teach them self-discipline, responsibility, and the consequences of their choices.

God’s presence and His laws provide a sense of safety and protection for us. 

This is like a study conducted with children playing in a fenced schoolyard. Beyond the fence, there was a vast natural area with big trees and exciting things. 

However, when the fence was removed to give the children more space, they actually stayed closer to the building. 

Why? 

Because the boundary made them feel secure, and that instinctual need for safety kicked in. 

This study teaches us an important lesson: true freedom isn’t about having no boundaries; it’s about having the right boundaries that keep us safe. 

When we embrace God’s boundaries, we find the freedom to truly enjoy and experience joy in our lives. 

So, let’s teach our children about God’s loving boundaries so they can embrace the safety and freedom that He offers us.

8. Encourage Service and Generosity

Teach your children the joy of serving others and sharing their blessings. Engage in acts of kindness as a family, such as volunteering or helping those in need.

We can inspire them by setting an example of generosity ourselves and involving them in acts of service. 

Whether it’s volunteering together as a family, helping a neighbour in need, or donating to a worthy cause, these experiences teach our children the value of selflessness and the joy that comes from making a positive impact in someone else’s life.

By nurturing a spirit of service and generosity in our children, we empower them to be a source of goodness and kindness in the world, spreading love and making a difference in the lives of others.

9. Cultivate a Culture of Gratitude

Teach your children to appreciate and express gratitude for God’s blessings and the kindness of others. Foster a thankful attitude in daily life.

We can do this by leading by example and expressing gratitude for the blessings in our own lives. 

Engaging in conversations about gratitude and highlighting the little joys and moments of appreciation in daily life can help our children develop a grateful mindset. 

Encourage them to express gratitude to others, whether it’s through a simple “thank you” or a heartfelt note of appreciation. 

By nurturing gratitude in our children, we open their eyes to the beauty and abundance that surrounds them, fostering contentment, joy, and a deeper appreciation for life’s blessings.

10. Encourage Open Communication

Create an atmosphere of open communication, where your children feel comfortable discussing their questions, doubts, and concerns. 

We can encourage open communication by being approachable and actively listening to our children without judgment or interruption. 

By validating their feelings and perspectives, we create a safe space where they feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, concerns, and questions. 

It’s important to prioritize regular conversations where we genuinely engage with our children and show genuine interest in their lives. 

By fostering open communication, we show our children that their voices matter and that we are here to support and guide them. 

Together, we can navigate the ups and downs of life with love, understanding, and an unbreakable bond.

Conclusion: 

Raising Godly children can be hard. Every child is unique, and parenting is an ongoing learning journey. These tips can serve as a foundation for raising godly children, but adapt them to fit your family’s dynamics and values. In the comments below, share your parenting tips to raise Godly children. 

I know some of you may want to dig deeper into how you actually go about sharing your faith with your children, so next week, I’ll be doing a training session called: Strategies for teaching and modelling Christian values to children

If you are looking for some resources to get you started, check out The Family Devotional Starter Kit: A downloadable bundle containing tips, and resources for starting and maintaining family devotional practice.

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Share your best tips for raising Godly children in the comments below.

6 ways to teach your children to think critically

In today’s rapidly changing world, children are constantly bombarded with so many ideas and beliefs from various sources. From social media to school curriculums, secular influences are prevalent, shaping how children perceive the world around them. With this in mind, continue to read as I share with you: 6 ways to teach your children to think critically.

6 ways to teach Your children to think critically

As parents and caregivers, it’s our responsibility to equip our children with the necessary tools to navigate these influences with discernment, understanding, and confidence in their faith. 

One of the most powerful tools we can provide them with is the ability to think critically.

Critical thinking is the process of analyzing and evaluating information, arguments, and beliefs in a systematic and logical manner. 

It allows children to question, challenge, and explore different perspectives, enabling them to make informed decisions and form their own opinions. 

By teaching children to think critically, we empower them to approach secular influences with a discerning eye and a firm foundation in their faith.

6 ways to teach your children to think critically

Why Critical Thinking Matters:

Critical thinking is more than just the ability to memorize facts or regurgitate information—it’s about actively engaging with ideas, concepts, and arguments in a thoughtful and analytical manner. 

Children who develop strong critical thinking skills are better equipped to:

  • Make Informed Decision: By analyzing information critically, children can make informed decisions based on evidence and reasoning rather than emotions or peer pressure.
  • Solve Problems: Critical thinking enables children to approach problems creatively, identify potential solutions, and evaluate their effectiveness before making a decision.
  • Navigate Complex Issues: In today’s interconnected world, children are exposed to a wide range of complex issues—from climate change to social justice. Critical thinking equips them with the tools to navigate these issues with clarity and understanding.

6 ways to teach Your children to think critically

1. Encourage questioning: 

Encourage your children to ask questions about the world around them. Encourage them to seek out answers, explore different viewpoints, and think critically about the information they encounter.

Encourage your children to ask open-ended questions. These are questions that require more than a simple yes or no answer. 

If your kids can’t think of any, as them some of the following: 

  • “Why do you think people believe different things about God?”
  • “How do you think our faith can help us make decisions in difficult situations?”
  • “What do you think it means to be a good person?”
  • “Can you tell me about a time when you had to make a tough decision and how you decided what to do?”
  • “What do you think happens after we die, and why?”

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2. Provide opportunities for discussion: 

Engage your children in meaningful conversations about a wide range of topics, including faith, values, and current events. 

Encourage them to express their opinions, listen to others, and consider different perspectives.

3. Teach them to evaluate information:

Teach your children how to evaluate the reliability and credibility of sources, whether it’s a website, a news article, or a social media post. Help them understand the importance of fact-checking and verifying information before accepting it as true.

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4. Teach Media Literacy: 

Teach your children to be savvy consumers of media by helping them evaluate the reliability and accuracy of sources.

One way to do this is by guiding children to look for evidence to support the claims presented in the media. 

Encouraging them to ask questions such as:

  • What evidence is provided to support this claim?
  • Is there data or research to back up this information?

These types of questions helps instill a habit of critical inquiry.

You can also teach children to check multiple sources for information on a given topic. 

This reinforces the importance of corroborating facts and perspectives. By comparing and contrasting information from different sources, children learn to recognize biases, inconsistencies, and inaccuracies, encouraging a better understanding of complicated topics.

You can also teach children to think about the author’s credentials and expertise. 

Encouraging them to ask questions like: 
  • Who is the author, and what qualifications do they have?
  • What biases or motivations might the author have?

These types of questions help children think critically about the credibility and reliability of the information presented.

5. Expose your children to different viewpoints: 

Expose your children to different viewpoints and perspectives, both within and outside of your faith community.

Encourage them to engage with ideas that challenge their beliefs, helping them develop empathy, tolerance, and a deeper understanding of the world around them.

  • Discuss Current Events: Engage your children in discussions about current events and news stories. Encourage them to analyze the information critically, question the sources, and consider the biases that may be present.

  • Encourage Independent Research: Encourage your children to explore topics of interest independently. Provide them with access to books, articles, and online resources, and encourage them to conduct their own research and draw their own conclusions.

6. Model critical thinking: 

Be a role model for your children by demonstrating critical thinking skills in your own life. Talk openly about how you approach problems, make decisions, and evaluate information, and encourage your children to ask questions and challenge assumptions.

Conclusion:

By teaching children to think critically, we empower them to approach secular influences with discernment, understanding, and confidence in their faith. 

As parents and caregivers, it’s our responsibility to equip our children with the skills they need to navigate the complexities of the modern world and stay true to their beliefs. 

Together, we can empower the next generation to be thoughtful, compassionate, and resilient individuals who make a positive impact on the world around them.

In the comments below, share your tips for helping your children think critically. 

6 ways to teach your children to think critically

Guarding Your Kids: 5 Proven Strategies Against Secular Influences

Studies show children are exposed to an average of 8 to 10 hours of media per day, much of which may contain secular messages conflicting with their family’s values and beliefs. Continue to read as I share 5 Proven Strategies Against Secular Influences.

Influences on our children are all around us

In today’s digitally driven world, secular influences on children are more prevalent than ever before. From TV shows and movies to social media and online content, the bombardment of secular ideas can significantly impact a child’s worldview and beliefs.

As parents, it’s important to recognize the nature of these influences and take steps to guide our children’s beliefs and values in a secular society. 

Our role as parents extends beyond providing food and shelter; we are also called to nurture our children’s spiritual and moral development in an increasingly secular world.

In this blog post, we will explore the importance of parents being proactive in guiding their children’s beliefs and values among the frequent secular influences. 

We’ll dive into practical strategies that parents can use to fight these influences and help their children navigate today’s secular world while staying true to their faith and values. 

Guarding Your Kids: 5 Proven Strategies Against Secular Influences

5 Proven Strategies Against Secular Influences

1. Foster Open Communication:

Encouraging honest conversation within the family is important for creating a caring and encouraging atmosphere where children know they are valued, listened to, and comprehended. 

By making open communication a priority parents can develop close connections with their children and set the groundwork for positive relationships founded on trust and mutual respect. 

A. Establish a secure environment 

A crucial part of promoting open dialogue involves establishing a secure environment where children can freely share their thoughts, inquiries, and worries without worrying about criticism or consequences.

This involves actively listening to their children, validating their feelings, and providing a non-judgmental atmosphere where all perspectives are welcomed and respected.

B. Have meaningful conversations with our children 

As parents, we need to have meaningful conversations with our children about faith, values, and beliefs. This is essential in shaping our children’s understanding of the world and their place in it. 

These conversations serve as opportunities for parents to share their beliefs and values while also allowing children to voice their thoughts and interpretations. 

Through these discussions, parents can impart wisdom, guidance, and moral teachings that align with their family’s values and beliefs.

C. How to facilitate effective communication

To have more effective communication, parents can use different techniques such as active listening and validating children’s feelings and perspectives. 

  • Active listening involves giving full attention to what children are saying, paraphrasing their words to ensure understanding, and asking clarifying questions to delve deeper into their thoughts and emotions. 
  • Validating children’s feelings and perspectives demonstrates empathy and understanding, reinforcing their sense of worth and fostering a deeper connection with their parents.

Guarding Your Kids: 5 Proven Strategies Against Secular Influences

2. Create a Strong Family Identity:

Creating a strong family identity is an important part of fostering a sense of belonging, unity, and shared purpose within the family. 

By building a foundation centred on shared values and beliefs, families can form a unified identity that enhances connections and fosters relationships.

A. Set family values and beliefs

One of the key aspects of cultivating a strong family identity is the importance of mutual values and beliefs.

When families have a clear understanding of their core values and beliefs, they can align their actions and choices based on these values, promoting harmony and unity.

By stressing the importance of these shared values, parents can instill a sense of purpose and belonging within their children, creating a strong foundation for each member of the family.

B. Create times of shared experiences

Suggesting activities such as family rituals, traditions, and discussions is a great way to grow the family’s identity and connection. 

These activities provide opportunities for families to come together, celebrate their unique identity, and create lasting memories. 

Whether it’s weekly family dinners, holiday traditions, or bedtime routines, these rituals help strengthen bonds and reinforce the family’s shared values and beliefs. 

C. Share your past experiences

Parents should also encourage open discussions about family history, values, and goals allowing family members to connect on a deeper level and gain a better understanding of their identity as a unit.

I was at a function recently that was talking about things parents can do to help their children make good choices. The speaker shared a connection between parents sharing past failures with decisions the children made in the future.

He shared a study that showed this: Each of us has made mistakes in our past. When we share those mistakes with our children and how those mistakes shaped our lives- our children are less likely to make those same mistakes. BUT- when we don’t open up about our past and we DON’T share our mistakes- our children are much more likely to go and make those same mistakes in the future! 

Why am I sharing this? There is so much wisdom found in scripture- but when we take to time and share personal experiences or stories about our lives that apply to scripture, our children are much more likely to be able to apply those lessons to their own lives and also less likely to make the same mistakes in the future. 

When we take to time to discuss scripture and how it applies to our lives, our children will be more likely to understand that scripture is not just a book of rules to follow but a book of life and lessons that apply to our everyday lives. 

D. Lead by Example

Leading by example is also an important part of creating a strong family identity. 

Parents play a crucial role in shaping the family’s values and beliefs through their actions and behaviours. 

By demonstrating their commitment to these principles in their everyday lives, parents set a positive example for their children to follow. 

Whether it’s volunteering in the community, prioritizing family time, or practicing kindness and empathy, parents can show their children what it means to live by the family’s values and beliefs.

3. Provide Positive Role Models:

Positive role models play a crucial role in shaping children’s beliefs, behaviours, and character development. 

Children often look up to and copy those they admire, making the influence of role models significant in their lives. 

Role models can come from various spheres, including family, community, and faith-based organizations, and they can have a profound impact on children’s moral compass, self-esteem, and aspirations.

It’s essential for parents to surround their children with positive role models who show the values and principles they want to instill. 

By observing and interacting with positive role models, children can learn valuable life lessons and develop positive attitudes and behaviours.

A. Where to find these role models 

Parents can find role models for their children within their family, community, or faith-based organizations. 

Family members, such as parents, grandparents, or older siblings, can serve as role models by displaying positive traits and behaviours. 

Community leaders, teachers, coaches, or mentors can also be positive role models who inspire and guide children in their personal growth and development. 

Being involved in church activities can also provide children access to positive role models who live out the teachings and values of their faith.

Positive role models not only inspire children to be their best selves but also provide them with a sense of guidance and support as they navigate the complexities of growing up.

Guarding Your Kids: 5 Proven Strategies Against Secular Influences

4. Educate & Equip:

It’s really important for kids to learn and think carefully about the things they hear and see, especially in today’s world where there are lots of different ideas and beliefs.

 Parents need to help their kids understand what they believe and why, so they can tell what’s true and what might not be.

Parents can do this by encouraging their kids to ask questions, think about things carefully, and check if the information they’re getting is reliable. 

This helps kids to be smart about what they believe and feel confident in their faith.

There are also lots of good books, videos, and online classes that can help kids learn more about their faith and values. 

These resources show kids different ways to think about things and help them understand why they believe what they do.

It’s important for parents to talk with their kids about what they’re learning and answer any questions they have. 

This helps kids feel safe and supported as they figure out what they believe. 

By doing all of this, parents help their kids grow up strong and sure of themselves, even when they face challenges to their beliefs.

5. Create Community and Support:

Creating a community and support network is important in strengthening children’s faith and values, providing them with a strong foundation. 

When children are surrounded by like-minded families, churches, or religious organizations, they have the opportunity to learn from others who share their beliefs and values. 

These connections offer support and encouragement, helping children navigate challenges and grow in their faith journey.

As a parent, you can also connect with other families who prioritize faith and values. This creates a supportive community where children feel accepted, valued, and understood. 

This sense of belonging is essential for children’s emotional and spiritual well-being, as it reinforces their identity as members of a larger faith community.

In these types of communities, children have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with peers, mentors, and role models who can guide and inspire them in their faith. 

They also have access to resources, such as Bible studies, youth groups, and community service projects, that further reinforce their faith and values.

Conclusion: 

In today’s world children encounter a continuous stream of messages that might contradict their family’s values and beliefs.

As parents, it’s our responsibility to recognize the nature of these influences and take active steps to guide our children’s beliefs and values in a secular society. 

Beyond providing for their physical needs, we can nurture their spiritual and moral development, getting them ready to understand and deal with the challenges of the secular world while keeping their faith and values strong.

In the comments below, share how you help your children fight against secular influences on their lives. 

Guarding Your Kids: 5 Proven Strategies Against Secular Influences

Deepen Your Family’s Roots: 30 Rituals for Christian Homes

In our busy lives, finding time to connect with our family and with God is super important for Christian families. Whether it’s saying a quick prayer before meals or having a deep chat about our beliefs, these little moments help keep us grounded in our faith. Continue to read to discover 30 rituals for Christian homes.

30 Rituals for Christian Homes

These aren’t just boring routines – they’re special ways to bring us closer to each other and to God.

From simple things like praying together as a family and saying grace before meals, to fun traditions like celebrating holidays and having movie nights centered on our faith, there’s something for everyone. 

Each activity is a chance to grow our faith, strengthen our bond as a family, and make some awesome memories along the way.

So come join us as we dive into the heart of Christian family life!

We’ll explore easy ways to build a strong spiritual foundation and make our homes a place filled with love, joy, and faith. 

Whether you’re looking for fresh ideas or ways to make your family rituals even more special, this blog post is here to help you create a home that’s truly blessed.

Deepen Your Family's Roots: 30 Rituals for Christian Homes

Family Rituals:

  • Bible Study Sessions: Schedule regular family Bible study sessions where you read and discuss passages from the Bible together, sharing insights and reflections.
  • Family Prayer Time: Set aside a specific time each day for family prayer, where everyone gathers together to pray and share their intentions.
  • Mealtime Blessings: Begin each meal with a prayer of thanksgiving and blessing, expressing gratitude for the food and each other’s company.
  • Weekly Worship: Attend church together as a family every Sunday, participating in worship services and Sunday school classes.

Attend church together as a family every Sunday, participating in worship services and Sunday school classes.

Weekly Worship

  • Devotional Time: Incorporate daily devotions into your family routine, reading from a devotional book or Bible passage and discussing its significance.
  • Family Singing: Gather as a family to sing hymns and worship songs, either during family devotions or as a standalone activity.
  • Family Fasting: Observe fasting as a family during Lent or other significant seasons of the Christian calendar, focusing on prayer, repentance, and spiritual renewal.
  • Family Retreats: Plan occasional family retreats or weekends away focused on spiritual growth, fellowship, and bonding.
  • Prayer Walks: Take family walks together, using the time to pray, reflect, and connect with God and each other.
  • Bedtime Blessings: End each day with a bedtime blessing, where parents pray over their children and offer words of encouragement and love.

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Family Traditions:

  • Holiday Celebrations: Celebrate Christian holidays such as Christmas and Easter with special traditions like attending church services, decorating the home, and exchanging meaningful gifts.
  • Advent Activities: Create an Advent calendar or wreath and participate in daily Advent activities leading up to Christmas, focusing on anticipation and preparation for the birth of Jesus.
  • Easter Egg Hunts: Host an Easter egg hunt with a Christian twist, incorporating Scripture verses or symbols of Jesus’ resurrection into the hunt.
  • Family Mission Trips: Volunteer as a family for mission trips or service projects, serving others in need and sharing the love of Christ.

Volunteer as a family for mission trips or service projects, serving others in need and sharing the love of Christ.

Family Mission Trips

  • Memorial Services: Remember deceased loved ones with annual memorial services or special remembrance rituals, honouring their legacy and the impact they had on the family.
  • Family Baptism Celebrations: Celebrate baptisms within the family with special ceremonies or gatherings, rejoicing in the individual’s commitment to follow Christ.
  • Creation Care: Dedicate time as a family to care for God’s creation by participating in environmental clean-up efforts or gardening together.
  • Faith-Based Movie Nights: Have regular movie nights featuring Christian films or documentaries, followed by discussions about the themes and messages portrayed.
  • Generational Blessings: Pass down family heirlooms, traditions, and stories from one generation to the next, strengthening family ties and preserving Christian heritage.
  • Family Communion: Share communion as a family, either during church services or in a special family ceremony at home, remembering Jesus’ sacrifice and the unity of believers.

Family Discussions:

  • Faith Sharing: Have open discussions about each family member’s faith journey, sharing personal experiences, struggles, and moments of growth.
  • Ethical Dilemmas: Discuss ethical dilemmas and moral issues from a Christian perspective, exploring how biblical principles apply to real-life situations.
  • Current Events: Talk about current events and world issues from a Christian worldview, discussing how to respond with compassion, justice, and faith.
  • Family Values: Clarify and reaffirm your family’s values and beliefs, discussing the importance of integrity, honesty, love, and service.
  • Answering Questions: Create a safe space for children to ask questions about faith, theology, and the Bible, providing thoughtful and age-appropriate answers.

Create a safe space for children to ask questions about faith, theology, and the Bible, providing thoughtful and age-appropriate answers.

Answering Questions

  • Prayer Requests: Share prayer requests as a family, lifting up each other’s needs and concerns in prayer and seeking God’s guidance and provision.
  • Scripture Memorization: Memorize Bible verses together as a family, discussing their meaning and application to everyday life.
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Discuss the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation in family relationships, modelling Christ-like attitudes of grace and forgiveness.
  • Cultural Engagement: Talk about engaging with culture and media from a Christian perspective, discerning what aligns with biblical values and what doesn’t.
  • Family Vision and Goals: Set aside time to discuss and pray about your family’s vision and goals, seeking God’s direction and unity in pursuing His purposes together.

These ideas for family rituals, traditions, and discussions can help Christian families grow closer to God and each other, fostering a strong foundation of faith, love, and spiritual growth within the home.

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The Importance of Christian Family Devotions and How to Start

In today’s fast-paced world, finding moments when the family can be together can be challenging. Due to hectic schedules, work commitments, and various distractions, the importance of christian family devotions might sometimes be overshadowed.

As a Christian mom, I haven’t always had space to have regular family devotions and I know how hard it can be. That’s why in today’s post I share with you the importance of Christian family devotions and share some tips on how to start.

The Importance of Christian Family Devotions and How to Start

Before I jump into today’s topic, I want to set the scene. You decide you want your family to read The Bible and pray together regularly. So you make a plan and start. But the kids don’t sit still, they don’t listen and you start thinking that maybe this isn’t worth it. 

It’s not the scene you thought I would share with you. 

I know you want a promise that your kids will love reading The Bible together and that sitting down and doing family devotions will be easy. 

The truth is, most kids don’t like family devotions. 

A few weeks ago, it was time to read The Bible and my daughter said something like: why do we do this? We hate it and don’t learn anything! 

What a stab to the heart! 

I was tempted to take this personally, but then remembered my attitude about family devotions at her age and realized I had felt the same. 

So, if I didn’t like family devotions in my youth, and my kids don’t like it either… then why do it?? 

As a child, I didn’t really understand the impact devotions were having on my faith. But now, as a mom and a more mature Christian, I believe that family devotions play an important role in nurturing faith in your family. 

Devotions provide a dedicated time for family members to come together, read and study the Bible, and pray as a collective unit. 

Through regular devotional practices, your children grow in understanding God’s word, and they learn biblical principles. This can also be a time when parents model a genuine faith, and children can witness the importance of prioritizing God in their lives. 

Opening God’s word with your children begins the practice of talking about God’s word and your children will come to trust you as a wise person and continue to ask you questions about The Bible and Christian living for years to come.

How to Start Family Devotions

Set a consistent time and place for family devotions

Finding a consistent time when all family members can gather for devotions can be difficult, especially with varying work, school, and extracurricular commitments.

Choose a specific time each day or week for family devotions and make it a part of your schedule. Consistency will help establish the habit and create anticipation for the devotional time.

Combine Devotions with Other Activities: Incorporate family devotions into daily routines, such as during meals or before bedtime. This way, it becomes seamlessly integrated into your schedule.

Keep It Short and Engaging: Recognize that time constraints might be an issue, so aim for shorter, focused devotions that are engaging and interactive.

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Choose age-appropriate devotionals and materials 

Age Differences: Addressing the diverse spiritual needs and comprehension levels of family members of different ages can be tricky.

Involve every family member in the process 

Encourage active participation from all family members. Let each person have a role, whether it’s reading a passage, leading a prayer, or contributing thoughts and insights.

Ask open-ended questions during devotional time 

Emphasize the importance of grace and flexibility in the process

My husband grew up going to catholic school and one thing he didn’t like was the guilt that the catholic church placed on people for not going to mass regularly and other practices. 

It was really important to him that we show our kids that we love The Lord, and we want Him to be the center of our lives, but we worship God and not the church. We worship God and not doing devotions every day. 

There is a difference between encouraging a relationship with Jesus and not overemphasizing spiritual practices. 

We spend time reading God’s word because we love God and want to hear from Him. Not because we have to or because we want other people to see what good Christian parents we are. 

What does this look like in practice? 

It means, that some days, you might not do family devotions, and that’s ok. 

Having flexibility around family devotions shows your children that you Love The Lord, and you want to learn more about Him, but you worship God and not the practice. That you love your children more than you love the practice. 

Resources to help you get started: 

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  • 1 year Bible reading Plan– This plan includes monthly themes and verses to reach for each day of the month. Read one verse every day and check it off when you are done, and move on to the next verse the next day. 
  • Praying for the Godly Seed: This is a prayer manual that encourages parents, and children to pray and get results from prayer. It gives a step-by-step guide on praying for the godly seed. 
  • The Family Compassion and Kindness Coloring Workbook: Coloring together and engaging with these verses creates lasting memories that your family will cherish for years to come. Allowing you to spend quality time with the family and increase the spiritual growth of your children. What you get: Coloring pages, Discussion questions, Handwriting practice pages of 5+different verses, Random Acts of Kindness bingo card, Prayer Prompts

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14 Simple strategies for modelling Christian values to children

Do you need help teaching and modelling christian values to children? As a christian mom to 3 children, my goal is to have each of my children grow up to love and follow The Lord. 

As a younger mom, I had no clue how to raise a christian child and often felt like I wasn’t doing enough. 

My oldest is now 14 and I’ve realized that teaching our children about God doesn’t have to be complicated. But that doing small things every day can make a huge impact.

Since I struggled so much with this, I wanted to share with you some strategies I’ve used to teach and model christian values to my children. 

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14 Strategies for teaching and modelling Christian values to children

1. Prayer: 

Teaching children about the significance of prayer and incorporating it into everyday life is a cornerstone of instilling Christian values. 

It’s important to help children understand that prayer is not merely a ritual, but a way to communicate directly with God. It serves as a means for expressing gratitude, seeking guidance, requesting protection, and simply taking the time to foster a personal relationship with Him.

Making prayer a regular feature of your daily routine helps children see it as a natural and essential part of life. One way to do this is by establishing set times for prayer throughout the day.

It’s crucial to encourage children to pray for their personal needs. This can range from help with schoolwork to healing from an illness, or peace about a situation that worries them. By doing so, they learn to trust God and depend on Him in all circumstances.

Equally important is teaching children the value of intercessory prayer, which involves praying for others. They can pray for a friend who is sick, their teachers, their siblings, or even people in countries they’ve only heard about. This helps them to develop empathy, broaden their worldview, and realize the power of prayer in the lives of others.

Ultimately, the goal is to instill in children a habit of prayer, helping them understand that they can turn to God in all situations and that their prayers, big or small, are heard by Him.

Teaching the Importance of Prayer:

  1. Communication with God: Explain to children that prayer is our direct line of communication with God. It’s how we talk to Him, thank Him, and ask for His help or guidance.
  2. Expression of Faith and Dependence: Teach them that when we pray, we express our faith in God and our dependence on Him. We acknowledge that we need His help in our lives.
  3. God’s Command: Share with them that the Bible instructs us to pray. For instance, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 urges us to “pray without ceasing.”
  4. Power of Prayer: Help them understand the power of prayer. James 5:16 says, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

2. Bible Reading: 

Integrating the regular reading and discussion of Bible stories into your family’s routine is a pivotal part of nurturing a child’s spiritual growth and understanding of Christian values. 

The Bible, being the living Word of God, is filled with a wealth of narratives, parables, and teachings that offer timeless wisdom and guidance.

Reading Bible stories to children, particularly at a young age, introduces them to the key figures, events, and teachings of the Christian faith. 

It’s a wonderful opportunity to acquaint them with the life and teachings of Jesus, the miracles performed by God, the faith of the patriarchs and matriarchs, and so much more. 

But beyond mere reading, discussing these stories in an engaging and interactive manner can bring the Scriptures to life, making them more relatable and understandable to young minds.

Encourage your children to actively participate in these discussions. Allow them to ask questions about anything that intrigues them, puzzles them, or seems unclear. 

Remember, the goal of reading and discussing Bible stories with your children is not only to educate them about the Christian faith but to instill in them a love for God’s Word, a habit of seeking wisdom from it, and a desire to live according to its teachings.

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3. Family Devotions: 

Designating a specific time each day or week for family devotions is an essential practice in cultivating a Christ-centered home. 

This time serves as a cornerstone for fostering spiritual growth and unity within the family. It’s an opportunity to step away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and come together as a family in a shared pursuit of spiritual nourishment and growth.

Family devotions can follow a flexible format based on your family’s needs and preferences, but generally, they involve a few key components: reading Scripture, discussing its application, and praying together. 

These elements help create an atmosphere of learning, reflection, and connection with God and each other.

Remember, family devotions don’t have to be lengthy or overly formal. What matters most is the consistency and the intention behind it. 

Even a few dedicated minutes each day or a longer session once a week can have a profound impact on your family’s spiritual journey. 

Over time, these shared moments can become treasured family rituals that nurture your family’s faith, create lasting memories, and shape your family’s identity in Christ.

4. Model Christian Behavior: 

One of the most powerful ways to teach your children about Christianity is by embodying its principles through your own actions. 

Children, especially when they’re young, learn extensively by observing those around them. 

Your behaviour serves as a living example of what it means to be a Christian, making you the primary model of Christian values for your children.

The Bible instructs us to “love your neighbour as yourself” (Mark 12:31) and to “be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). These and other Christian values can be effectively taught when they are consistently demonstrated in your daily life.

Showing love in your interactions with others is a practical way to exemplify the love of Christ. This can be as simple as offering words of encouragement to someone who is struggling, helping a neighbour with their groceries, or spending quality time with your family. 

Let your children see you acting in love, and explain to them why you do so.

Remember, children often mirror the behaviour of their parents. Therefore, living out your faith authentically and demonstrating Christian values in your actions can have a profound influence on your children’s understanding and practice of their own faith. 

More than any sermon or Sunday school lesson, your day-to-day actions speak volumes about your faith. And through this, your children can learn that Christianity is not just about beliefs and rituals, but about a transformative way of life guided by the teachings of Jesus Christ.

5. Church Participation: 

Active participation in church services and activities is a fundamental practice in fostering a strong Christian family. 

Attending church services together offers numerous opportunities for spiritual growth and learning. 

During the services, family members can join in corporate worship, listen to the preaching of God’s Word, and participate in communion. 

These experiences can foster a deeper understanding of Christian doctrines, inspire spiritual conversations at home, and provide a platform to discuss and reflect on the sermon’s teachings as a family.

Beyond the weekly service, churches often host a variety of additional activities and events. These can help to broaden your family’s understanding of Christianity, allowing you to put your faith into action, serve others, and build relationships with fellow believers.

For children, being part of the church community can be especially beneficial. 

Many churches offer age-appropriate groups and activities designed to engage children and youth. These might include Sunday school classes, youth groups, Bible camps, or special events. 

Participating in these activities can help children deepen their faith, learn more about the Bible in a kid-friendly environment, and develop friendships with peers who share their beliefs.

Involving children in age-appropriate activities not only keeps them engaged but also helps them develop a sense of ownership and belonging within the church community. 

As parents, it’s also beneficial to get involved in church activities that cater to your interests and gifts. This could be joining a Bible study group, volunteering in a ministry, or serving in a leadership role. 

Your active involvement sets a positive example for your children, showing them that church is not just a place to attend, but a community to be actively involved in.

Remember, while attending church and participating in its activities is important, the goal is not merely about fulfilling a religious obligation. 

It’s about creating a lifestyle that revolves around worship, learning, fellowship, and service—values that are central to Christianity. It’s about building strong faith foundations, nurturing a vibrant faith community, and living out the teachings of Christ as a family.

6. Service and Charity: 

Involve your children in acts of service and charity, both within your church community and in the broader community. This teaches the value of helping others and shows God’s love in action.

Teaching children about service and charity is an ongoing process. Be patient and consistent in guiding them, and over time, they will internalize these values and carry them into adulthood.

By nurturing a spirit of giving and empathy, you are helping shape a brighter and more compassionate future for your children and society as a whole.

7. Christian Media: 

Use Christian books, movies, and music to reinforce Christian teachings. There are many age-appropriate resources available.

Listen to Christian music or songs with uplifting and faith-based messages. Singing along or dancing to these songs can be a fun way for children to memorize Bible verses and spiritual teachings.

Use the stories or themes from Christian media as a springboard to explore deeper theological concepts. Discuss the lessons learned and how they apply to real-life situations.

8. Discussions About Christian Values: 

Regularly discuss Christian values, such as honesty, kindness, forgiveness, and faith. Use real-life situations to explain these concepts and their importance.

By engaging in open and meaningful conversations, you can deepen their understanding of these values and demonstrate how they apply to everyday life. Here’s how you can expand on this idea:

  1. Honesty: Emphasize the importance of honesty in all interactions. Explain that honesty builds trust in relationships and allows others to rely on us. Use real-life examples, such as the consequences of telling the truth versus lying, to illustrate the value of honesty. Encourage your children to be truthful even when it’s difficult, as this reinforces the integrity of their character.
  2. Kindness: Discuss the concept of kindness as a fundamental Christian virtue. Teach your children to show compassion and empathy towards others, including those who may be different or facing challenges. Encourage them to perform random acts of kindness and consider the positive impact such gestures can have on someone’s day.
  3. Forgiveness: Explain the significance of forgiveness in Christianity. Use age-appropriate examples to demonstrate how forgiveness can heal relationships and bring peace. Teach your children that forgiveness doesn’t excuse harmful behaviour, but it frees us from carrying the burden of anger and resentment.
  4. Faith: Discuss the meaning of faith as a foundation of belief and trust in God. Share stories from the Bible or personal experiences where faith played a role in overcoming challenges or finding strength. Encourage your children to pray and nurture their relationship with God, fostering a sense of security and hope.

10. Celebrating Christian Holidays: 

Celebrate Christian holidays like Easter and Christmas, and take the time to explain their significance. This can also include observing Lent and Advent, depending on your tradition.

These holidays carry significant religious meanings, and incorporating them into family traditions can help instill faith and spiritual understanding in children. Here’s how these celebrations teach children about God:

  1. Easter – The Resurrection of Jesus: Easter is a time to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. By explaining the Easter story to children, parents can introduce the concept of Jesus’ sacrifice for humanity and the promise of eternal life. Teaching children about the significance of the empty tomb and Jesus’ victory over death helps them understand the core message of Christianity – the hope and redemption that comes through Christ’s resurrection.
  2. Christmas – The Birth of Jesus: Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, and it is one of the most widely recognized Christian holidays. Teaching children the nativity story, from Mary and Joseph’s journey to the birth in the stable, offers an opportunity to explain the miraculous event of God becoming incarnate in human form. Children learn about the concept of God’s love and the gift of Jesus to humanity, emphasizing the idea that Christmas is not just about receiving gifts but also about giving and expressing love to others.

11. Memorizing Verses: 

Encourage your children to memorize Bible verses. Start with simple ones and gradually move to more complex verses. This will help them internalize God’s word.

As they commit these verses to memory, they develop a deeper connection with the Scriptures and internalize the teachings and values found within.

Remember to be patient and supportive during the memorization process. Every child learns at their own pace, so celebrate their progress and focus on nurturing their love for God’s word.

By encouraging them to memorize Bible verses, you are helping them build a strong foundation in their faith, fostering a lifelong habit of engaging with and internalizing God’s word.

12. Christian Education: 

If possible, consider Christian education options, where the curriculum will align with your faith and values.

Christian education plays a vital role in teaching children about God, instilling biblical values, and nurturing their spiritual growth. It provides a comprehensive and intentional approach to integrating faith into every aspect of learning.

By immersing children in a Christ-centered learning environment, Christian education goes beyond mere academic instruction. It nurtures their hearts and minds, preparing them to live as faithful followers of Jesus Christ, and empowering them to make a positive impact on the world around them.

The values and knowledge imparted through Christian education serve as a strong foundation for a lifetime of spiritual growth and service to God and others.

13. Practicing Forgiveness: 

Make forgiveness a part of your family culture. Let your children see you forgive others, and explain why you’re doing it.

Practicing forgiveness is a powerful way to teach our children about God’s nature and the central message of Christianity. It allows children to understand the significance of love, compassion, and reconciliation, fostering a deeper connection with their faith. Here’s how forgiveness teaches our children about God:

  1. God’s Forgiveness in the Bible: The Bible repeatedly emphasizes God’s forgiving nature. Teaching children about stories like the prodigal son, the woman caught in adultery, or Jesus’ forgiveness on the cross highlights God’s boundless mercy and grace. Through these stories, children learn that no mistake is too great for God’s forgiveness.
  2. Imitating God’s Character: The act of forgiveness mirrors God’s character. Encouraging children to forgive others is an opportunity to model God’s love and compassion. It teaches them to be more Christ-like and to embody the values central to Christianity.
  3. Understanding Grace: Forgiveness is an expression of grace – the unmerited favour bestowed upon someone. By forgiving others, children come to understand God’s grace in their own lives, realizing that they too have received forgiveness despite their imperfections

14. Encouraging Faith Questions: 

Let your children ask questions about faith, God, and the Bible. Be open and honest with your answers, and use these questions as teaching moments.

As parents or mentors, it’s important to be patient and understanding when children ask questions about faith. 

Sometimes the questions may be challenging, but embracing them with empathy and providing thoughtful responses helps children navigate their spiritual journey with confidence and authenticity. 

Ultimately, fostering an environment where children feel free to ask questions helps them develop a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God, laying the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of faith and understanding.

Conclusion

Remember, the goal is to guide your children in their faith journey, not to force it. Allow them to grow and explore their faith at their own pace.

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How to pass down our faith to the Next Generation

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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Timecodes

[00:02:59] Mother focused on continuing plain language work.
[00:04:25] Passing on faith through heritage, overcoming depression.
[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.

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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. 

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. 

Action Step: 

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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12 Christian Family Resources to help you grow

As a Christian mom of 3 kids, I understand the desire to see your family grow in faith and deepen your relationship with God. That’s why I’m excited to share an incredible list of 12 Christian family resources that will help you on this journey. 

Whether you’re looking for devotional books to read together, seeking guidance in raising godly children or exploring ways to incorporate prayer and worship into your daily lives, we’ve curated a collection of resources that will inspire, educate, and encourage your entire family. 

From captivating movies and TV shows to online sermons, podcasts, and Bible study tools, these resources are designed to strengthen your family’s bond and ignite a passion for God’s Word. Join us as we dive into these amazing resources that will equip and empower your family to grow in faith and experience God’s presence in your everyday lives.

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12 Christian Family Resources to help you grow

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1. Family Devotional Books: 

Using family devotional books is a great way to gather together as a family and grow in faith. These specially crafted books offer a structured approach to exploring God’s Word, providing age-appropriate readings and discussions that cater to the whole family.

With engaging stories, thought-provoking questions, and practical applications, family devotional books help spark meaningful conversations and deepen everyone’s understanding of biblical truths.

They serve as a valuable resource for parents to guide their children’s spiritual growth and instill important values.

By setting aside dedicated time each day or week to read and discuss these devotional materials, families can create a habit of seeking God’s wisdom and drawing closer to Him together.

Family devotional books are not just informative but also foster a sense of unity, love, and shared faith within the household.

Family Devotional Book Recommendations:
  • Jesus Calling Family Devotional: Bring your family together with a devotional specifically designed to offer a deeper relationship with Jesus.
  • Every Day with Jesus: 365 Devotions for Kids: It is perfect for families to grow in their faith. Every reading includes a devotional message, Scripture, prayer, and daily takeaway to help young believers develop an intimate and rich relationship with Jesus.
  • 365 Devotions for Kids: Faith-Filled Activities for Families- Each of the 365 action-filled devotions comes to life with fun activities and games using regular household items.

2. Christian Parenting Books: 

Reading Christian parenting books can be a game-changer for parents seeking guidance and wisdom on raising their children in the ways of faith.

These books provide valuable insights, practical advice, and biblical principles that can help navigate the joys and challenges of parenting.

From addressing discipline techniques to fostering spiritual growth, Christian parenting books offer a wealth of knowledge and experience from experts in the field. They equip parents with strategies to nurture their children’s character, build strong relationships, and instill a love for God.

By delving into these books, parents can gain fresh perspectives, find encouragement, and discover practical tools that align with their Christian values.

Reading Christian parenting books is an investment in both your own growth as a parent and the spiritual development of your children, empowering you to navigate the parenting journey with confidence and faith.

  • The 5 Love Languages Of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively”-  learn the secret to building a love that lasts. Now discover how to speak your child’s love language in a way that he or she understands.
  • The Power of a praying parent: This gathering of short-but-powerful prayers and encouraging scriptures is small enough to keep in your purse or pocket for quick times of communion with God.

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3. Christian Music: 

Listening to Christian music with your children is a wonderful way to infuse your home with uplifting and faith-filled melodies.

It creates an atmosphere that nurtures their hearts and minds with messages of hope, love, and praise for God. Whether it’s singing along to worship songs in the car, dancing to Christian tunes during family dance parties, or playing peaceful instrumental music during quiet moments, music has a unique ability to connect us to God’s presence.

Through Christian music, children can learn biblical truths, memorize Scripture through catchy choruses, and express their love for God through joyful melodies.

It’s an opportunity to bond as a family, instill a love for worship, and create lasting memories centred around faith.

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  • Slugs and Bugs: a musical handbook for the Christian home because the verses combine practical instruction and bedrock foundational truths. And the melodies make all that goodness easy and fun to remember.
  • Psalty: music for children to sing along to and learn God’s word
  • K Love: Christian Radio station

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4. Family Bible Study Resources

Family Bible study resources are invaluable tools for families seeking to delve deeper into God’s Word together. These resources provide structured materials and guidance to facilitate meaningful study and discussion within the family setting.

Whether it’s a Bible study guide specifically designed for families or interactive online platforms, these resources offer age-appropriate lessons, thought-provoking questions, and engaging activities that cater to different family members.

They help families explore and understand the teachings of the Bible, encouraging thoughtful reflection and personal application.

Family Bible study resources create opportunities for open conversations, strengthen the family’s spiritual bond, and allow everyone to grow in their knowledge of God and His Word.

By engaging in regular Bible study as a family, you can foster a love for Scripture, deepen your faith, and build a solid foundation for each member of your family.

Resources specifically designed for family Bible study:
  • The Family Bible Devotional by Sarah M. Wells: The Family Bible Devotional cultivates conversations through 52 Bible readings, paired with engaging discussion questions and background information. 
  • Grace for the Moment Family Devotional by Max Lucado: Families can share the help and hope of God in everyday moments with their children by reading the family devotional edition.
  • The Mothers and Daughters of the Bible Speak: Learn the parallels between the relationships, experiences, and challenges of women in the Bible as mothers and daughters and your own. You’ll reflect on how God focused on their faith and trust—and how He is doing the same with you.

5. Online Faith-Based Content: 

Online faith-based content is a valuable resource for families seeking to grow in their faith and deepen their understanding of God’s Word.

With the digital age at our fingertips, there is an abundance of websites, podcasts, videos, and articles available that offer insightful teachings, inspiring testimonies, and thought-provoking discussions centred around faith.

These online platforms provide a convenient way for families to access a wide range of faith-based content from the comfort of their homes.

Whether it’s listening to sermons from respected pastors, engaging in interactive Bible studies, or watching inspiring videos, online faith-based content offers a wealth of resources to explore and learn from. It allows families to dive deeper into specific topics, find answers to their questions, and discover new perspectives on matters of faith.

By using these online resources, families can strengthen their spiritual journey, connect with like-minded individuals, and enrich their understanding of God’s love and purpose in their lives.

You can find Christian websites, podcasts, and YouTube channels that offer faith-based content for families.

Examples include
  • Focus on the Family: provides free resources and services to help your family thrive
  • RightNow Media: provides a wide range of resources including videos, articles, and study materials.
  • My FREE Facebook group: a growing community of similarly-minded women who want to grow in their faith

6. Family Prayer Guides: 

Using family prayer guides is a powerful way to cultivate a spirit of prayer and connection with God within the family unit.

These guides offer a structured approach to prayer, providing prompts and topics to guide your family’s conversations with God.

They help parents lead their children in meaningful prayer, teaching them to express their thoughts, concerns, and gratitude to God. Family prayer guides can cover various areas such as praying for each family member, the community, world issues, and personal struggles.

They encourage families to come together, create a peaceful atmosphere, and invite God’s presence into their lives.

By using prayer guides, families can develop a consistent prayer routine, deepen their relationship with God, and experience the power of prayer as they witness answers and spiritual growth.

It’s a great opportunity to teach children the importance of prayer and build a strong foundation of faith within the family.

7. Christian Movies and TV Shows: 

Watching Christian movies and TV shows can be a wonderful way for families to be entertained while being inspired by faith-filled stories and messages.

These movies and shows often convey positive values, biblical principles, and uplifting themes. They provide opportunities for families to engage in meaningful conversations about faith, character development, and the importance of living out one’s beliefs.

Christian films and TV shows can foster a sense of unity, encourage spiritual growth, and reinforce important lessons in a visually engaging and relatable manner.

By selecting family-friendly content, families can enjoy quality entertainment that aligns with their values and deepens their understanding of God’s love and grace.

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Set in the magical world of Narnia, the series follows the adventures of children who discover a gateway to this enchanting realm, encountering talking animals, mythical creatures, and epic battles between good and evil.
  • VeggieTales: An animated series that features anthropomorphic vegetables who tell engaging stories with valuable moral lessons. The series teaches important values such as honesty, kindness, and forgiveness in an entertaining and kid-friendly way.
  • The Chosen: A groundbreaking television series that depicts the life of Jesus Christ and his disciples, exploring their relationships and the impact of their encounters with Him.

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8. Christian Apps: 

Families using Christian apps can use a number of Christian Apps that give them access to devotionals, Bible study plans, prayer prompts, and worship music.

Christian apps provide a range of platforms for families to deepen their understanding of God’s Word, foster spiritual growth, and connect with other believers.

With the flexibility and accessibility they offer, Christian apps empower families to incorporate faith into their daily lives, nurturing a vibrant and meaningful relationship with God as they navigate the joys and challenges of life together.

The best Christian Apps include:
  • YouVersion Bible App – The YouVersion Bible App provides access to hundreds of Bible translations in various languages. It offers reading plans, devotionals, audio Bibles, and study tools to help users engage with Scripture daily and deepen their understanding of God’s Word.
  • Pray.com – A powerful app that focuses on fostering a community of prayer. It allows users to join prayer groups, share prayer requests, and receive daily inspirational content. The app also offers guided prayers, Bible study plans, and a library of audio devotionals to encourage and support users in their prayer life.
  • Superbook Bible App – An App designed for children and offers an interactive and engaging way to explore the Bible. It features animated Bible stories, games, quizzes, and devotionals that help kids learn biblical truths in a fun and educational manner. The app aims to make the Bible come alive for children and encourage them to develop a lifelong love for God’s Word.

9. Online Sermons and Teachings:

Access online sermons and teachings from respected pastors and Christian speakers. Listening to online sermons is a convenient and impactful way for individuals and families to engage with biblical teachings and receive spiritual nourishment.

Through online platforms, sermons from renowned pastors and speakers are easily accessible, allowing listeners to access a wide variety of topics, insights, and perspectives.

They can be enjoyed at any time and from anywhere, making it a flexible resource for individuals and families to connect with God’s Word, find encouragement, and grow in their relationship with Him.

Websites to check out include:

These websites offer a wealth of audio and video resources that families can listen to or watch together.

10. Family Retreats and Camps: 

Consider attending Christian family retreats or camps where you can engage in worship, teaching, and fellowship with other like-minded families.

These camps provide a unique opportunity for families to step away from their daily routines and immerse themselves in a community of believers.

Through engaging activities, worship sessions, Bible teachings, and fellowship with other families, they can grow spiritually and draw closer to God as a family unit.

Christian camps offer a supportive environment where families can bond, share experiences, and encourage one another in their faith walk.

It’s a time of connection, renewal, and spiritual growth that leaves a lasting impact on both parents and children, fostering a love for God and a desire to live out their faith more intentionally in their everyday lives.

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11. Christian Podcasts: 

Discover family-friendly Christian podcasts that cover various topics related to faith, parenting, marriage, and more.

  • The Christian Minute: Join Anne every week I dive into a topic that is relevant to the Christian faith. Join me as I explore the Bible, and share personal stories of how faith has impacted our lives and how practical it can be in any given scenario. Whether you’re a long-time believer or just starting your journey, Anne’s goal is to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus and live out your faith in today’s world. 
  • Risen Motherhood: On each episode of the Risen Motherhood podcast, hosts Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler discuss relevant topics to everyday motherhood, through the lens of the gospel. In-depth, topical mini-series are released periodically as we explore how Scripture applies to modern motherhood.
  • Focus on the Family Podcast: Every episode of the Focus on the Family Christian podcast helps you confidently guide your loved ones through the unique challenges faced by today’s Christian families. 

12. Online Bible Study Platforms

Explore online platforms that offer study resources, videos, and interactive tools to engage in family Bible study and exploration.

The Best Online Bible study resources include:
  • Bible Study Tools: offers a wide range of resources to support Bible study. It provides access to numerous Bible translations, commentaries, concordances, and dictionaries, allowing users to explore the Scriptures in-depth. Bible Study Tools also offers study guides, devotionals, articles, and videos to help users gain insights into biblical themes, characters, and teachings.
  • The Bible Project: a website that focuses on visual storytelling to engage users in studying the Bible. They provide animated videos that explore the books of the Bible, highlighting key themes, literary styles, and theological concepts. Bible Project also offers podcasts, articles, and study guides to accompany their videos, providing users with a comprehensive and interactive learning experience.
  • Bible Gateway: is a popular online Bible resource that offers an extensive range of Bible translations in multiple languages. Users can search and read various versions of the Bible, compare different translations, and access study tools such as commentaries, concordances, and reading plans. Bible Gateway also provides additional resources like devotionals, audio Bibles, and a Verse of the Day feature to help users engage with Scripture on a daily basis.

Conclusion:

Remember, these resources can supplement and enhance your family’s spiritual journey, but it’s important to discern and choose those that align with your beliefs and values.

These Christian family resources provide valuable support for families seeking to grow in their faith. 

They offer practical guidance, inspiration, and opportunities for shared learning and discussion, helping families to deepen their understanding of God’s Word and strengthen their relationship with Him.

In the comments below, share your favourite Christian family resources that you’ve found helpful.

Master the Art of Communication to Build a Strong Marriage

Are difficult conversations causing tension in your relationship? Do you want to strengthen your communication skills and build a deeper connection with your spouse? Continue to read as I share with you the Art of Communication to Build a Strong Marriage.

Listen in as I have a captivating conversation with communication expert, Ann Visser, who shares her personal story of communication challenges in her own marriage. Her insights will leave you craving more and eager to transform your own relationship through effective communication.

Communication is the foundation of any successful relationship, and this is particularly true in marriage. However, many couples struggle with effective communication, leading to misunderstandings, conflicts, and emotional distance.

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Timestamps:

[00:01:57] Meet Ann Visser
[00:05:36] Neglected communication and conflict led to distance.
[00:11:58] Create healthy conflict, and communicate to build trust.
[00:19:38] Three C’s: Check emotions, communicate, and curiosity.
[00:23:51] Patience and communication are key to relationship success.
[00:41:13] Daily and yearly habits maintain a marriage.
[00:44:48] Avoid relationship mind games
[00:49:02] Marital system changes are needed for child discipline

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Master the Art of Communication to Build a Strong Marriage

Meet Ann

Ann Visser is a certified John Maxwell coach, speaker, and trainer with over 20 years of experience in equipping individuals and organizations to communicate effectively. She is also the co-founder of For Better Forever, which focuses on communication and leadership skills for couples. Ann has worked with young people, teaching them how to avoid falling for a jerk and find good people to be with for a lifetime. She has also travelled to Paraguay to teach values-based leadership skills to students and supported inmates in a local jail and a recovery home for addicts to change from the inside out.

In this podcast episode, we focus on Ann’s insights on communication in marriage, particularly the challenges that couples face and how to overcome them.

Common Communication Challenges in Marriage

One of the most common challenges that couples face in communication is avoiding conflict. Many couples believe that avoiding conflict is the key to a happy marriage, but this is a misconception. Avoiding conflict creates emotional distance and can lead to resentment and frustration. Ann shares her personal experience of how avoiding conflict created a distance in her marriage:

“We also avoided conflict. And this, these two things, not communicating and avoiding conflict, created an emotional space at a distance in our marriage. It kind of snuck up on us. It didn’t happen right away. It kind of snuck up on us. And so all of a sudden we kind of like, it was like, I woke up one day and was like, wait a minute, I don’t know who you are anymore.”

Another challenge that couples face in communication is not knowing how to communicate effectively about their feelings and needs. Many couples assume that their partner should know what they want or need without having to say it explicitly. However, this assumption often leads to misunderstandings and unmet expectations. Ann shares her experience of feeling alone and like a single mom raising her kids when her husband was busy with farming:

“I often felt alone, like I was a single mom raising these kids when he had his very busy seasons.”

This feeling of loneliness and unmet needs can create emotional distance and resentment in a marriage.

Additionally, couples often struggle with vulnerability and trust. They may fear being judged or rejected by their partner, leading them to withhold information or feelings. Ann explains that trust can fluctuate, and it’s essential to create a safe space for vulnerability:

“Trust is something that kind of moves. It’s a bit on, it’s on a slider. And so you hurt me a little bit today, and my trust kind of falls, or I’m reminded of something way back when, and my trust plummets. Because I’m not sure I can trust you. So I’m not going to be vulnerable with you.”

2 simple Tips for Overcoming Communication Challenges in Marriage

To overcome communication challenges in marriage, couples need to learn how to communicate effectively and openly about their feelings and needs.

This requires vulnerability and honesty, which can be difficult for some couples. However, getting help is the bravest and best thing a couple can do for their marriage:

“We’re going to get the help that we need in order to get well. And I tell my people, it’s the bravest and best thing you can do in the world is to get help. And I think we all need it at some point.”

Getting help can come in many forms, such as counselling, coaching, or attending workshops or retreats. The important thing is to recognize that communication is a skill that can be learned and improved with practice and guidance.

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1. Be an Active & Empathetic Listener

One effective way to improve communication in marriage is to learn how to listen actively and empathetically.

Active listening means paying attention to what your partner is saying without interrupting or judging them.

Empathetic listening means trying to understand your partner’s perspective and feelings without necessarily agreeing with them.

The importance of listening in communication:

“Listening is the most important thing in communication. And we need to listen with our hearts and our ears. We need to be present and focused on what our partner is saying, rather than thinking about our response or what we want to say next.”

2. Learn to express your feelings

Another way to improve communication in marriage is to learn how to express your feelings and needs in a clear and respectful way. This means using “I” statements instead of “you” statements and avoiding blame or criticism. Ann emphasizes the importance of expressing yourself honestly:

“It’s important to express your feelings and needs in a clear and respectful way. This means using “I” statements instead of “you” statements and avoiding blame or criticism. For example, instead of saying ‘You never listen to me,’ say ‘I feel unheard when we talk.'”

It’s so important to be self-aware and have emotional regulation in communication. When emotions run high, it can be challenging to communicate effectively. Ann shares her personal experience of learning how to regulate her emotions:

“I have learned how to regulate my emotions. So when I’m feeling upset or angry, I can take a step back, take a deep breath, and respond in a calm and respectful way. This has been a game-changer for our marriage.”

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How to Create a Healthy Communication Environment

In addition to learning communication skills, couples need to create a healthy communication environment in their marriage.

1. Establish Routines that promote good communication

This means establishing routines and habits that promote open and honest communication. Ann and her husband have developed daily, weekly, and yearly habits that help them stay connected:

“We have rhythms and routines that help us stay connected. For example, we have a daily prayer time and coffee together in the morning, and we have a weekly date night where we go out and do something fun together. We also take an annual marriage retreat to reflect on our relationship and set goals for the future.”

2. Set Boundaries in your communication

Creating a healthy communication environment also involves setting boundaries and respecting each other’s needs and preferences. Ann emphasizes the importance of boundaries in communication:

“Boundaries are important in communication. It’s important to know your limits and to communicate them to your partner. For example, if you need some alone time to recharge, it’s okay to say that and to ask your partner to respect that.”

Strengthen Your Connection Through Effective Communication

Effective communication is essential for a healthy and fulfilling marriage. When couples learn how to communicate openly and honestly, they can build trust and intimacy, resolve conflicts, and strengthen their connection.

However, when communication breaks down, it can lead to emotional distance, resentment, and even divorce.

By learning how to listen actively, express themselves clearly, regulate their emotions, and create a healthy communication environment, couples can overcome the common challenges of communication in marriage and build a strong and lasting relationship.

Conclusion

Communication is the foundation of any successful marriage. However, many couples struggle with effective communication, leading to misunderstandings, conflicts, and emotional distance.

By learning how to communicate openly and honestly, couples can build trust and intimacy, resolve conflicts, and strengthen their connection.

By creating a healthy communication environment, couples can establish routines and habits that promote open and honest communication, set boundaries, and respect each other’s needs and preferences.

The future outlook for communication in marriage is promising, as more couples recognize the importance of effective communication and seek help to improve their skills.

In the comments below, share your tips on communicating with your spouse.

6 simple strategies to encourage children to pray

As parents, we long to see our children grow in their faith and develop a vibrant prayer life. Teaching them to pray and encouraging them to engage in meaningful conversations with God is an invaluable gift we can give them. Continue reading as I share 6 simple strategies to encourage children to pray.

From leading by example to creating a nurturing environment, we will discover practical tips and insights that will empower you to guide your children in their prayer journey.

6 simple strategies to encourage children to pray

1. Taking Turns Leading Prayers:

 Give each family member a chance to lead prayers. This can be a special responsibility that rotates among family members.

It allows everyone to take an active role in prayer and share their own words with God.

Even young children can lead simple prayers, and it helps them feel included and valued.

2. Sharing Personal Prayer Requests

Encourage family members to share their personal prayer requests.

This can be done before or during prayer time. It’s an opportunity to open up and let others know what’s on our hearts.

By sharing our joys, concerns, and challenges, we create a supportive environment where we can pray for one another and offer comfort and encouragement.

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3. Expressing Gratitude

Make expressing gratitude a part of your prayer time. Encourage each family member to share something they are thankful for.

It could be a person, an experience, or a blessing in their lives.

This helps foster a spirit of gratitude and reminds us of God’s goodness. It also encourages us to look for the positive things happening around us.

4. Make it Interactive

Prayer doesn’t have to be only spoken words. Encourage creativity and variety by incorporating different elements into your prayer time.

You can sing worship songs together, create artwork or write prayers in a journal, or even engage in silent moments of reflection.

Provide different ways for your children to express themselves allows each family member to find their unique way of connecting with God.

5. Use Prayer Prompts: 

Sometimes, it can be helpful to provide prayer prompts or topics to guide prayer time.

This can be especially useful for children or those who may find it challenging to articulate their thoughts.

Prayer prompts can include things like praying for specific people, asking for God’s guidance in a particular area, or focusing on a theme such as forgiveness or love.

10 simple prayer prompts for kids

  1. Thank you, God, for…
  2. Please help me with…
  3. Dear God, please bless…
  4. I’m sorry for…
  5. God, please protect…
  6. Help me to be kind to…
  7. Thank you, God, for my family and friends because…
  8. Dear God, please give me strength to…
  9. Thank you for this beautiful day, God. Help me to enjoy it by…
  10. God, please be with those who are sad or hurting today. Comfort them and give them peace.

Remember, prayer prompts can be personalized and tailored to fit your child’s age, interests, and current circumstances. Encourage them to express their thoughts, feelings, and needs in their own words as they engage in conversation with God.

6. Be Patient and Supportive

Remember, everyone’s prayer journey is unique. Some family members may be more vocal and comfortable expressing themselves, while others may be quieter or hesitant.

Be patient and supportive, creating a safe space where everyone feels respected and valued. Encourage and affirm each person’s contributions, no matter how big or small.

Conclusion

By implementing these strategies, you create an environment where everyone feels encouraged to participate in prayer. 

It becomes a time of unity, support, and growing closer to God as a family. 

Remember, prayer is a personal and intimate connection with God, and each person’s participation adds beauty and depth to the experience.

In the comments below share your favourite strategies to encourage children to pray.

7 Age-Appropriate Ways to Explain Prayer to Children

Teaching children about prayer is a beautiful opportunity to introduce them to the concept of talking to God, seeking guidance, expressing gratitude, and finding comfort in Him. Here are 7 age-appropriate ways to explain prayer to children. 

7 Age-Appropriate Ways to Explain Prayer to Children

1. Talking to God

Help your children understand that prayer is like having a conversation with God, just like talking to a dear friend or a loving parent.

Encourage them to share their thoughts, feelings, and concerns with Him, knowing that God listens and cares about every detail of their lives.

2. Seeking Guidance

Explain to your children that prayer is a way to seek God’s guidance and wisdom.

Teach them that they can ask God for help when facing difficult decisions or when they need guidance on how to handle specific situations. Encourage them to pray for clarity and direction.

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3. Expressing Gratitude

Teach your children to express gratitude through prayer.

Help them recognize the blessings in their lives and encourage them to thank God for His love, provision, and the people and things they appreciate. Encourage them to cultivate a heart of gratitude through prayer.

4. Finding Comfort

Explain to your children that prayer is a source of comfort and reassurance.

Let them know that when they feel sad, scared, or worried, they can turn to God in prayer and find peace in His presence. Assure them that God is always there to listen, comfort, and provide strength.

5. Simple Prayers: 

Encourage your children to pray using simple and age-appropriate language.

Teach them that prayers can be as simple as saying, “Thank you, God,” or “Help me, God,” or “I love you, God.”

Emphasize that God values their sincere and heartfelt prayers, no matter how simple or short.

6. Pray Together

Create opportunities for your family to pray together. Praying as a family helps children see the importance of prayer in their daily lives.

You can have designated prayer times, such as before meals or bedtime, or incorporate prayer into your daily routines.

Encourage your children to take turns leading prayers, allowing them to express their thoughts and feelings to God.

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7. Model Prayer

Be a role model by praying in front of your children.

Let them observe your own conversations with God, witnessing how you seek His guidance, express gratitude, and find comfort.

When children see prayer as a natural part of their parents’ lives, it becomes more accessible and meaningful to them.

Conclusion

Remember, explaining the significance of prayer to children takes time and patience. 

Each child may understand and embrace prayer differently, so adapt your explanations to their age and developmental level. 

Through your loving guidance and nurturing, you can help your children cultivate a lifelong relationship with God through prayer, enabling them to experience His love, guidance, and comfort in their lives.

In the comments below, share your favourite way to explain prayer to children. 

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