4 Practical Tips for Forgiving Your Spouse

Ruth Bell Graham once said, “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” These words of wisdom are rooted in an understanding of God’s forgiveness of us and how we as Christians are to forgive others. But what does forgiveness really mean? And what does it look like? Continue to read as I share with you 4 practical tips for forgiving your spouse.

We know that saying, “I forgive you” doesn’t really mean much if I bring up past arguments again and again.

So how can we show our spouses love and compassion like God has called us to do?

God in His grace has given us His precious word with illustrations and commands on how to do this practically.

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4 Practical Tips for Forgiving Your Spouse

1. Choose not to remember

I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins

Isaiah 43:25, ESV

Israel in the Old Testament time and again did not honor God. They sinned against Him and deserved His wrath and punishment.

But God extended His grace. He reminded them of His character and who He is. He reminded them of His forgiving heart, the same heart that forgives us and reconciles us to Him through the death of Jesus Christ.

Choose to cover past hurts with your spouse and move on with grace. Try extending grace to your spouse by not bringing up past inconveniences or words that were said.

Try living in grace and watch how bitterness disappears.

They say that time has a way of healing wounds, but watch as God works on your own heart as you extend grace to your spouse.  

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2. Cast the sin away

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.

Micah 7:18-19 (ESV)

I love this beautiful illustration of casting our sins into the sea.

My sin is put far away from me and casts into the depths of the ocean. I no longer feel the weight of it pulling me down.

It is freeing to be forgiven. We should not be drowning in anger toward our spouse, but living in grace and letting our frustrations go. If you are struggling to let go of hurts and heartaches, pray through the pain.

Pray for healing and restoration in your marriage as you begin to let go of the hurt weighing you down.

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3. Treat them like God has treated you

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Ephesians 4:32 (ESV)

John MacArthur said in his sermon (Reasons To Forgive), “You’re never more like God than when you forgive.”

We as Christians are supposed to be the salt and light of the earth. What is setting us apart from the world if we give in to temptations of anger, grudges, and harsh words?

We are called to be “imitators of God, as beloved children” (Ephesians 5:1, ESV).

Our affection toward pride leads us down the path of sin as we respond ungraciously to our spouse in moments of conflict or frustration.

Instead, treat your spouse as you would a beloved child of God. Are you seeing your spouse as an immortal soul that God dearly loves? C.S. Lewis (The Weight of Glory, 1949) writes:

“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.

This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously – no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption.”

If we follow C.S. Lewis’ advice and take the path of “no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption,” then we are walking in the path of humbleness.

Show your spouse a humble attitude and let us not forget that our spouse is made in the image of God. I am so thankful that God treats me with respect, faithfulness, kindness, and unending grace. I know that I need to work on these attributes so I can extend them to my spouse.

4. Remember God’s goodness

Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!

Psalm 25:7 (ESV)

I love it when I attend weddings and they have the dance where all the married couples are called out onto the dance floor. The DJ will start calling out years and if the couple has been married that long, they stay on the dance floor. After a while, a couple with an old, long-lasting love remains.

They have been married for years and years. What a beautiful picture it is to see two lovers growing old together and celebrating the beautiful life they have created!

As they sway in each other’s arms, only they know all the struggles and hurts God has helped them to overcome.

One way in which we can overcome when the enemy attacks our marriage is to thank God for the specific qualities of our spouse.

Remember the joy they have brought you, how they have helped you over time, and the sweet memories you have created. In hard times, it is easy to become withdrawn and focus only of the negative. Instead,

Aet your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth”

Colossians 3:2, ESV

Focus on God’s goodness and “let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with malice” (Ephesians 4:31, ESV).  

Conclusion

In life, we know that “for everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, ESV).

The enemy would love to break apart the union you have with your spouse and leave you empty and broken hearted.

If you have never had an argument, misunderstanding, or frustration with your spouse, your day will come. Remember that “God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life” (Psalm 54:4, ESV). Show your spouse grace and forgive as He has forgiven us.  

In the comments below, share some tips that help you when forgiving your spouse.

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What does The Bible say about prayer

The purpose of prayer is to communicate with God. It’s a way for believers to express their thoughts, feelings, hopes, and concerns to God. But, what does The Bible say about prayer?

The Bible contains numerous verses and passages that emphasize the importance of prayer, its purpose, and how believers should approach it. 

Continue to read as I share with you 5 things The Bible says about prayer. 

What does The Bible say about prayer?

1. The Lord gives us an example of prayer 

The Bible doesn’t just tell us to pray, but it also gives us examples of how we can pray. 

One of the most popular examples is The Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew. 

This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)

These verses are a great model for us to use when we pray. 

The Lord’s Prayer consists of six key elements:

  • Our Father in Heaven: This establishes a personal and reverent relationship with God, emphasizing His position and loving care.
  • Hallowed be your name: praises God’s holiness and reminds us to approach God with humility and wonder.
  • Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven: represents our surrender to God’s divine plan and desire to follow His purpose & plan for our lives.
  • Give us today our daily bread: We can pray to The Lord and request not only spiritual nourishment but physical nourishment as well. This shows our dependence on God.
  • And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors: This describes the importance of asking for forgiveness and giving it to others.
  • And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one: Acknowledges our tendency to veer off course and shows our need to seek God’s guidance, and protection, and the need for His support in our daily lives.

2. We should replace worry with prayer 

It is well known that just stopping a behaviour is not good enough. If we truly want to stop a certain behaviour, we MUST replace it with something different. 

We see this in scripture when it comes to worry and prayer. 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

The Bible doesn’t promise believers an easy life. It states clearly that life can bring about circumstances that cause stress. But, The Lord doesn’t just let believers dwell on the stresses of life. 

The Bible offers a powerful alternative—prayer. 

By turning to God in prayer, believers can release their anxieties and concerns into His capable hands, seeking His guidance, help, and comfort.

The peace of God will guard your hearts

In the second portion of the verse, The Bible says: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

This is a clear promise that says- when we present our requests to God with prayer and thanksgiving, we are not left in a state of fear or worry. Instead, we receive a profound, supernatural peace—a peace that goes beyond human comprehension.

Significance: This promise defines the amazing power of prayer. It assures believers that when they spend time communicating with God, they can experience a peace that defies logic and surpasses the circumstances. This peace acts as a guard, protecting our hearts and minds from the grip of anxiety and worry.

This passage reminds us that, through prayer, we can find not only relief from anxiety but also a profound and unexplainable peace that stems from our trust in a loving and caring God.

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3. Give Thanks in all things 

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

These verses describe a clear set of instructions for believers, focusing on the importance of rejoicing, prayer, and gratitude in the Christian life. 

The set of instruction are as follows: 

  • Rejoice Always: This is a command that encourages a constant spirit of joy rooted in Christ, even amidst life’s challenges. It encourages Christians reminding them that our faith can be a source of joy and comfort in all circumstances.
  • Pray Continually: Believers are encouraged to maintain an ongoing, prayerful attitude. This means seeking God’s guidance and comfort throughout the day, emphasizing a close and consistent relationship with God.
  • Give Thanks in All Circumstances: Expressing gratitude, even in difficult times, acknowledges God’s presence and sovereignty. It deepens our faith and helps us keep a positive view.

4. Confess our sins 

Before we can have a relationship with God, we must confess our sins to Him and ask for forgiveness.  

We only need to ask for salvation once, but we should continually be asking for forgiveness as we fall into different sins. 

The Bible tells us that, not only should we confess our sins to Him, but we should confess our sins to each other and pray for one another.  

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

James 5:16 (NIV)

James encourages believers to confess their sins to each other and to pray for one another’s healing. 

This practice has several layers of significance:

  • Community and Accountability: Confessing sins to fellow believers creates a sense of community and accountability within the local and global church. This tells us that we are not meant to live the challenges of this life alone but as a supportive and caring group of people.
  • Emotional and Spiritual Healing: Confession can be emotionally liberating and spiritually rejuvenating. Sharing our struggles and sins can help alleviate guilt, shame, and emotional burdens. This act of vulnerability can lead to spiritual healing and growth.

These verses encourage all believers to practice vulnerability and accountability by confessing sins to one another and praying for healing. 

It also highlights the power and effectiveness of a righteous person’s prayer, rooted in faith and aligned with God’s will. 

This passage reminds us that prayer is a powerful tool for seeking healing, both physically and spiritually, and that it is an essential part of the Christian life.

5. Everyone can find The Lord

Some people believe that God doesn’t see them and that they can’t find God. 

This is the furthest thing from The Truth as The scripture promises us that if anyone seeks God, they will find Him! 

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)

These verses tell us that we have access to God and promise that those who seek Him will indeed find Him:

Asking, Seeking, and Knocking:

  • Ask: This verse encourages believers to ask God for what they need or desire. It reflects the idea that prayer is a means of making requests and expressing one’s needs and desires before God.
  • Seek: Seeking goes beyond asking; it implies a deeper, intentional pursuit of God’s presence, guidance, and truth. It suggests a sincere desire for a deeper understanding of God and His will.
  • Knock: Knocking on a door implies persistence and a desire for entry. In the context of prayer, knocking represents the act of approaching God persistently, seeking a deeper relationship or a specific answer to prayer.

The Promise of Receiving, Finding, and the Door Opening:

The verses make a powerful promise: “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” 

This promise emphasizes that God is approachable, responsive, and open to our desires.

  • Receiving: When we ask, God promises that we will receive, suggesting that our prayers are not in vain. However, it’s important to remember that the answer to our prayers may not always align with our expectations, but it will align with God’s will.
  • Finding: Those who seek God with sincerity will find Him. This implies that God is close and wants a close relationship with you. He is not hiding, and anyone who looks for Him will find Him
  • The Door Opening: Knocking signifies our desire to find God. When we do knock, God promises to open the door, indicating that He welcomes us into His presence and invites us to experience a closer relationship with Him.

These verses tell us that everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances, can find the Lord through prayer and seek His guidance and presence in their lives.

Conclusion:

There are many verses about prayer in The Bible, but I believe the examples above give you a good window into the amazing relationship we can have with God. 

Prayer is not like rubbing a lamp and asking for what we want. 

It’s a means of talking to God and having a close relationship with Him.

Overall, these verses highlight the significance of prayer as a means of seeking God, finding peace, seeking forgiveness, and connecting with Him on a personal level. 

They also emphasize the importance of faith, persistence, and the transformative power of prayer in the Christian life.

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How to Establish a Daily Bible Study Habit: The ultimate Step-by-Step guide

Have you ever wondered why The Bible continues to be the number 1 selling book in the world? Many people think it’s a book of rules, or that it’s not relevant to today. But that is NOT true! The Bible is full of wisdom and truth we can use to live a life closest to God. If that sounds like something you want to do, continue to read as I share How to Establish a Daily Bible Study Habit.

Have you ever wondered why The Bible continues to be the number 1 selling book in the world? Many people think it’s a book of rules, or that it’s not relevant to today. But that is NOT true! The Bible is full of wisdom and truth we can use to live a life closest to God. If that sounds like something you want to do, continue to read as I share How to Establish a Daily Bible Study Habit.

How to Establish a Daily Bible Study Habit: The ultimate Step-by-Step guide

Step 1: Understanding Your Why 

Each of us has a reason for every choice we make, and the things we choose to do.

Reading The Bible is no exception.

Daily Bible reading isn’t just a routine; it’s a way to nourish your faith, find guidance in life, gain wisdom, and deepen your relationship with God. 

But, unless we know why WE want to read The Bible, that spiritual discipline will always be hard for us to accomplish. 

So, if you are really serious about establishing a daily Bible study habit, then it’s important for you to understand why you want to do it. 

  • Is there a problem you face you need wisdom for? 
  • Do you need encouragement or guidance? 

Whatever your reason, we can find the answer in scripture. You may not get an exact answer, but- you will learn how to look at things the way God does and how you can depend on His Word to guide you. 

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Step 2: Set Clear Goals

In our journey to establish a daily Bible study habit, setting clear goals is like planning your road trip, but this one is for your spiritual voyage. 

Clear goals can provide direction, purpose, and a sense of accomplishment. 

Why are Clear Goals Important?

Imagine you’re planning a road trip. Would you just get in your car and drive aimlessly? 

Probably not! 

You’d likely have a destination in mind, maybe some places you want to visit along the way, and a map to guide you. 

Setting clear goals in your daily Bible study is like having a map for your spiritual journey. It helps you stay on track, measure your progress, and arrive at your desired destination.

Specific, Measurable, and Achievable Goals:

When setting goals for your daily Bible study, remember the three magic words: specific, measurable, and achievable.

  • Specific: Your goals should be crystal clear. Instead of saying, “I want to understand the Bible better,” try something like, “I want to understand the book of Psalms more deeply.”
  • Measurable: Goals should be quantifiable so you can track your progress. For instance, “I want to memorize one Bible verse each week” is measurable because you can count the verses you’ve memorized.
  • Achievable: Be realistic. Set goals that you can reasonably attain with dedication and effort. For example, saying, “I want to read the entire Bible in a week” might be too ambitious for most people.

Aligning with Your Spiritual Aspirations:

Now, take a moment to reflect on what you hope to achieve through daily Bible study. 

Are you seeking to deepen your relationship with God, gain wisdom for life’s challenges, or grow in your understanding of specific biblical topics?

Examples of Clear Goals:

  • I want to thoroughly study the Gospel of Matthew over the next three months.
  • I will memorize one verse per week and reflect on its meaning.
  • I will spend 20 minutes each day studying and researching the topic of forgiveness in the Bible.

Remember, setting clear goals is like giving your daily Bible study a purpose and a roadmap. It keeps you motivated and focused on your spiritual journey.

 So, take a moment to set your own specific, measurable, and achievable goals that align with your spiritual aspirations, and watch how it transforms your daily Bible study experience.

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Step 3: Find the Right Time and Place

In your journey to establish a meaningful daily Bible study habit, one of the key steps is choosing the right time and place. 

Why Is Consistency Important?

Imagine trying to build a house without a solid foundation. In the same way, finding a consistent time and place for your Bible study sets a sturdy foundation for your spiritual growth. 

It helps create a routine, making Bible study a natural part of your day, just like eating meals or brushing your teeth.

Choosing the Perfect Time:

Now, let’s dive into selecting the ideal time for your daily Bible study:

  • Morning Glory: Some people find that starting their day with Scripture sets a positive tone for the rest of the day. If you’re a morning person, consider waking up a bit earlier to spend quality time with the Bible.
  • Lunch Break Power-Up: For those with busy mornings or unpredictable schedules, using your lunch break can be an excellent choice. Grab your Bible and a quiet corner to recharge your spiritual batteries during lunchtime.
  • Evening Calm: If evenings are when you feel most relaxed, this might be your prime Bible study time. It can help you unwind, reflect on the day, and find solace in the Scriptures before bedtime.

Tips for Selection:

Here are some handy tips to guide you in choosing the right time:

  • Work with Your Schedule: Consider your daily routine and responsibilities. Your Bible study time should align with your existing commitments to ensure consistency.
  • Choose a Quiet Space: Find a peaceful, distraction-free location where you can focus. It could be a cozy corner of your home, a quiet park bench, or even a nearby library.
  • Test and Adjust: Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try out different times and places to see what suits you best. It might take a bit of trial and error to find your perfect fit.
  • Stay Flexible: While consistency is crucial, life can be unpredictable. It’s okay to adjust your study time occasionally to accommodate unexpected events.

Remember, the goal is to create a space in your day where you can connect with God through His word. 

Whether it’s in the morning, or at night, the right time and place will help make your daily Bible study a cherished part of your routine. 

So, go ahead and take a moment to find your ideal time and space.

Step 4: Choose the right Study Materials

Selecting the right study materials for your daily Bible study is like equipping yourself with the tools you need for a successful journey. In this step, we’ll explore various Bible study resources and how to pick the ones that align with your goals.

Different Bible Study Materials:

  1. Study Bibles: These special editions of the Bible come with additional features like explanatory notes, cross-references, maps, and topical articles. They are incredibly helpful for understanding the context and deeper meanings of passages. A popular choice is the NIV Study Bible*.
  2. Commentaries: Commentaries are written by scholars and experts who provide in-depth analysis and insights into the Bible. They can help you gain a deeper understanding of specific verses or books. Consider exploring Matthew Henry’s Commentary. *
  3. Concordances: Concordances are like indexes that help you find specific words or verses in the Bible. They’re great for word studies and research. You can find online concordances like Bible Gateway.
  4. Online Study Tools: There are numerous websites and apps that offer Bible study resources. Some popular ones include YouVersion, BibleStudyTools, and Blue Letter Bible. These platforms provide access to various translations, commentaries, and study plans.
  5. Devotionals: Devotional books offer daily readings and reflections that connect to specific themes or books of the Bible. Our Daily Bread is a well-known devotional resource.
  6. Bible Study Workbooks: Many workbooks are designed for group or personal study and come with guided questions and activities. They can be excellent for structured learning. Check out The Christian Growth Hub as an example.

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Choosing Materials Aligned with Your Goals:

The key to selecting the right study materials is to consider your goals. 

  • Do you want to do a deep dive into a specific book? 
  • Do you want to understand the historical context? 
  • Are you focused on personal devotion or scholarly research?

Once you know what your goals are (you should have done this is step 1) you can then choose materials that align with your goals. 

Experiment with different resources to discover what you like the best with your learning style and spiritual journey. 

So, go ahead and take a moment to choose the materials you will be using for the next couple of months or years. 

Step 5: Create a Study Plan

A Bible reading plan can offer flexibility and be adjusted to suit personal preferences and schedules. This is important for people who have busy schedules or specific reading preferences. 

You can pick from a variety of pre-made Bible reading plans, or you can make your own. 

Some Bible reading plans are designed to be completed in a certain amount of time, such as 30 days or one year.  

However, these plans can be adjusted to suit your personal reading pace. If you prefer to read at a slower pace, you can spread out the reading plan over a longer period of time. 

If you prefer to read at a faster pace, you can try to complete the plan in a shorter amount of time. 

If you want to make your own plan, first you need to outline what you’ll study each day or week. 

For example, if you’re studying a book of the Bible, plan to read and reflect on a certain number of verses or chapters each day. Having a schedule keeps you on track.

Start with Manageable Portions:

When you’re just beginning, it’s essential to start small. Starting with manageable portions allows you to experience a sense of accomplishment. 

Focusing on a smaller section also helps you to dive deeper into the meaning and context of each verse. 

Journaling and Note-Taking:

To go even deeper, consider keeping a journal or taking notes during your Bible study sessions. 

Writing down your thoughts and insights helps you process what you’ve read and meditate on its significance.

Keeping a journal also allows you to track your spiritual journey over time. You can see how your understanding and relationship with God has changed over time. 

Remember, your study plan should be flexible and adaptable to your needs and progress. 

The most important thing is to be consistent and sincere in your pursuit of God’s word. 

So, take some time to make your Bible reading plan. You can start small, or follow one that is already made and works for you and your goals. 

Step 6: Stay Accountable to a friend 

Since you’ve made it far, I can tell you are serious about reading The Bible more often. 

Even though this is step number 6, it’s probably the most important. 

Many people make goals and start off well, but stop over time. 

The way to keep going is to make sure you have accountability. 

Accountability is that extra push, that gentle nudge, and that friendly reminder that can make all the difference in sticking to your daily habits. 

Here’s why accountability matters:

When you commit to being accountable to someone, you’re more likely to stay consistent. Knowing that someone is aware of your goal motivates you to follow through.

Accountability partners can also provide encouragement and support when you face challenges or moments of doubt. They can offer words of wisdom or simply be there to listen.

Ways to Stay Accountable:

Many churches and communities host Bible study groups. Joining one can provide a structured environment for your studies and introduce you to like-minded individuals who share your passion for the Bible.

If physical accountability partners aren’t available, explore online communities or forums dedicated to Bible study. You can share your goals and progress with a supportive virtual community.

Remember, the goal of accountability is not to add pressure but to create a supportive network that helps you succeed. 

It’s about sharing your journey, celebrating your victories, and receiving encouragement when needed. 

By staying accountable to a friend or community, you’re more likely to make daily Bible study a lasting and enriching part of your life.

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Step 7: Overcoming Challenges

As Christians, we all want to read the Bible and pray more and we know what to do, right? 

We also know that reading our Bibles is how we get to know God more.

But knowing it and actually doing it are two different things.

And if you’re like me, then Bible reading every day isn’t easy for you. It’s something that maybe you struggle with.

And if it is, then it means that there’s some sort of barrier keeping you from doing what it is that you want to do. 

There are many barriers women face when reading The Bible. 

Click here to read about 4 common barriers we can face while reading The Bible and a few tips on how to overcome them so that hopefully you can have some success later on.

Step 8: Celebrate Milestones

I grew up in a Christian environment where we didn’t talk about our personal Bible study times, or celebrate our personal victories in Christ.

But, I think one thing we can start doing is celebrating your progress and achievements along the way.

Why Celebrate Milestones?

Celebrating milestones in your Bible study journey is like giving yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. It’s a way to acknowledge your hard work, dedication, and the growth you’ve experienced. 

Celebrating milestones keeps you motivated. When you recognize your achievements, it inspires you to continue your journey with enthusiasm.

It’s a chance to reflect on how far you’ve come. Looking back at your milestones can remind you of the positive impact daily Bible study has had on your life.

How to Celebrate Milestones:

  • Set Specific Milestones: Identify specific points in your journey that you’d like to celebrate. These could be finishing a certain book of the Bible, reaching a memorization goal, or consistently studying The Bible for a month.
  • Reward Yourself: Treat yourself when you reach a milestone. It could be something simple like enjoying your favourite dessert, taking a nature walk, or spending quality time with loved ones.
  • Share Your Achievements: Don’t be shy about sharing your accomplishments with an accountability partner, friend, or family member. They can celebrate with you and offer their support and encouragement.
  • Journal Your Progress: Consider keeping a journal of your Bible study journey. Document your milestones, reflections, and any personal growth you’ve experienced. It’s a beautiful way to capture the moments and see your spiritual development over time.

As you celebrate your milestones, you’ll discover that daily Bible study isn’t just a task to check off; it’s a source of immense joy and enrichment. 

It’s about drawing closer to God, gaining insights, and finding purpose and peace in your life.

Conclusion:

A daily Bible study habit creates spiritual growth, wisdom, and a deeper connection with God. 

There are so many benefits, and I know that if you take each of these steps, you will see how much treasure can be found in God’s word. 

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How to choose A Bible Reading Plan

I’ve been serving The Lord since I was a child and one thing I love doing is helping people start reading The Bible. One of the best ways to read The Bible consistently is by following a Bible Reading Plan. Continue to read as I share how to choose a Bible Reading Plan that works for you. 

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How to choose a Bible Reading Plan that works for you

1. Decide what type of Bible Reading Plan you want to follow

There are many types of Bible reading plans and it’s important you take some time and think about what you want to read in The Bible and the type of plan that will work for you. 

2. Get a copy of the plan

Some Bible reading plans on digital and others are physical. Whatever type of plan you choose, make sure you have a copy. 

So that means downloading an app, setting up an email service, printing off a Bible reading plan, or purchasing a book plan. 

Whatever path you choose, make sure you have a copy of the plan with you. 

3. Make The Bible Reading Plan accessible 

As a Christian, I desire to read The Word of God, but it’s still hard for me to follow through on reading The Bible every day. 

It seems like there are always distractions that keep me from reading The Bible. 

One way I can help minimize the distractions is by having my Bible reading plan accessible. 

That means the plan is either on our phone (email or app), or a copy of the plan is tucked in your Bible.

Having your plan accessible will save you time because you won’t have to look for it and be distracted by everything you see around you in your search. 

1 Year Bible reading plan

4. Track your process 

As a Christian, I’ve often felt guilty about how much I read The Bible or not. But, through the years, I’ve learned that the guilt I feel isn’t related to what God thinks about it. 

God loves us so much. His love doesn’t change regardless of how much we read The Bible. 

But, when we want to improve in an area- one thing that can help is tracking how often we do it. 

That means that when we make a goal to read The Bible more often- it’s important for us to see if we reach that goal or not. 

The Best way to track your Bible reading is to use a tracking sheet to give you a visual of the days you read The Bible, and the days you didn’t. 

This tracker is not to make you feel guilty about missing a day- it’s helping you see whether you meet your goals. 

5. Make adjustments 

Once you have followed your plan for a couple of weeks- it’s important that you take a minute to see whether it’s working. 

If you have a goal of reading The Bible every day- track your progress for at least a week. 

Then, sit down and see what days you missed and what days you didn’t. Once you have done that, take some time to think about the days you missed. 

Instead of feeling guilty about the days you missed, think about why you missed that day. 

Where are you busy, tired, or distracted? 

There are many reasons we miss reading our Bible each day. We can take that information and use it to decide what steps we need to take next. 

If we haven’t missed too many days, it’s a good sign that your quiet time routine is working. 

If you’ve missed over 4 days in a week- then it is time to analyze why you are missing those days and take the time to adjust your goal. 

Maybe you need to pick a new time of day or pick a different type of reading plan that gives us more or less scripture to read per day.

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Explore the Deeper Purpose of Prayer in Life

Prayer is a universal practice found in various forms. It’s a deeply personal and spiritual act that serves a multitude of purposes. In Christianity, it’s important to understand the purpose of prayer. It is key to nurturing one’s faith and building a meaningful relationship with God. Continue to read as I share with you the deeper purpose of prayer. 

Explore the Deeper Purpose of Prayer

1. Communication with God: 

At its core, the purpose of prayer is to communicate with God. It’s a way for believers to express their thoughts, feelings, hopes, and concerns to God. 

Just as any relationship requires conversation, prayer allows individuals to converse with the Creator, seeking comfort, guidance, and companionship.

  • Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.
  • Psalm 66:19-20 But God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!
  • Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

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2. Seeking Guidance and Wisdom: 

Another main purpose of Prayer is for people who are seeking God’s guidance and wisdom. 

In moments of uncertainty or decision-making, believers turn to prayer to gain insight and clarity. 

Through prayer, individuals can tap into the wisdom and understanding that God offers, helping them navigate life’s challenges and choices.

  • James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
  • 1 Kings 3:9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?

3. Finding Peace and Solace: 

Life can be filled with stress, anxiety, and turmoil. 

Another main purpose of Prayer is that it provides a refuge for people who need peace and solace in the midst of life’s storms. 

Prayer offers a space where individuals can cast their burdens upon God, finding comfort and reassurance in His presence. 

The act of prayer itself can be a calming practice.

  • Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • Psalm 46:10 He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
  • Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

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4. Expressing Gratitude: 

Another main purpose of Prayer is that it’s a way to express gratitude and thanksgiving to God for the blessings in one’s life. 

It allows individuals to acknowledge the goodness and abundance they’ve received, fostering a spirit of appreciation and humility.

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
  • Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
  • Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

5. Confession and Repentance: 

Another purpose of Prayer is that it also serves as a means of confession and repentance. 

Prayer provides a way for individuals to acknowledge their shortcomings, seek forgiveness, and renew their commitment to living for The Glory of God. 

  • 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
  • Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
  • James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

6. Building Trust and Faith: 

Another main purpose of Prayer is that it builds trust and faith in God. By regularly connecting with the divine, individuals develop a deeper sense of reliance on God’s providence and a strengthened faith that transcends life’s trials.

  • Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song, I praise him.
  • Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
  • Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

7. Intercession and Petition: 

Prayer isn’t only focused on personal needs but extends to intercession and petition for others. 

Another main purpose of Prayer is to pray for the well-being of friends, family, and the broader community. 

This act of selflessness strengthens bonds of compassion and solidarity.

  • 1 Timothy 2:1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.
  • Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
  • 1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

8. Relationship Building: 

Ultimately, prayer is about growing and deepening one’s relationship with God. 

It’s a two-way dialogue that fosters intimacy, trust, and love between the believer and the divine. 

Through prayer, individuals can experience the presence of God in their lives and grow in their understanding of His will.

  • James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you.
  • Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
  • Psalm 63:1 You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.

These Bible verses beautifully illustrate examples of prayer for various purposes. 

Whether it’s communicating with God, seeking guidance and wisdom, finding peace and solace, expressing gratitude, confessing and repenting, building trust and faith, interceding for others, or nurturing a deeper relationship with the Divine, the Bible offers guidance and inspiration for a rich and meaningful prayer life. 

The purpose of prayer in Christianity is so much more than just asking for help or salvation. It’s also a way to communicate with God. It gives us guidance, and solace, and builds our relationship with God. 

Through prayer, we can show our gratitude, make our confession, and praise The Lord for who He is and what He has done.

Prayer is a rich spiritual practice that shows our need for spiritual connection, growth, and divine intervention in our lives. 

Understanding these purposes can transform our prayer time from a ritual or habit into a profound and deep reliance on God in all aspects of our lives. 

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In this challenge, you’ll receive daily guidance, inspirational verses, and practical tips to enrich your quiet time.

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How a Bible Reading Routine Can Strengthen Your Faith

Creating a Bible reading routine is like having a secret time to talk to God and learn all the amazing things the Bible teaches us. When we read the Bible regularly, it helps us find answers when we’re curious, feel better when life is hard, and celebrate when life is awesome. Plus, it brings us closer to God, helps us figure out why we’re here, and gives us strength when life throws tricky stuff our way. 

Now, let’s dive deeper into why having a Bible reading routine is so important in our faith journey, explore the amazing benefits, and learn how to overcome some common challenges along the way.

The importance of a Bible reading routine

Creating a Bible reading routine is important in the life of a believer.

It’s a special time to connect with God and learn from the Bible’s teachings. 

When we read the Bible regularly, we can find answers to our questions, feel better when things are tough, and celebrate when things are great. 

It helps us get closer to God, understand why we’re here, and deal with life’s ups and downs. 

So, having a routine to read the Bible isn’t just a good habit to have, it’s so much more.

The significance of a consistent Bible reading routine

Imagine your faith journey is like a big adventure. Reading the Bible regularly is like having a special map for this journey. It helps you stay on the right path and understand where you’re going. 

When we read the Bible often, we can grow closer to God and feel His love and direction in our lives. 

Scripture tells us that God’s word is a light on our path- a flashlight in the dark, showing us the way to live our lives and how to be strong in our faith.

Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

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The spiritual benefits of regular Bible reading:

Reading The Bible regularly is like eating healthy food for your spirit. 

It makes you feel good inside and helps us be strong in our faith! 

When we read the Bible, we learn important lessons about being kind, patient, and understanding. 

It’s like having a friend who gives us advice and helps us become better people. 

Reading the Bible also brings us peace and happiness. As we read The bible, we feel closer to God and feel His presence as He loves us and reminds us that we are loved and never alone. 

So, reading the Bible isn’t just a task; it strengthens us and helps us become more like God.

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You might face some Challenges

There can be some common challenges that you may face when trying to start a routine of reading the Bible. 

These challenges may discourage us, but it’s important to remember that all Christians struggle at one point or another, and we can all grow stronger in our faith as we learn to overcome them. 

There are a few things that we can do to overcome these challenges. 

3 things you can do to overcome these challenges

1. Sett Clear Goals

The first thing you can do to read your Bible more regularly is to set specific and achievable goals. 

First, think about what you want to accomplish. Maybe you want to read a certain number of chapters each week or explore a particular book in the Bible. 

Make your goal clear, like saying, “I’ll read one chapter every day.” It’s important to choose a goal that fits your schedule and feels doable. 

Then, break your goal into smaller steps, like reading a little bit each day. This makes it easier to stay on track. 

Remember, setting goals is like putting stepping stones on your path to growing closer to God through the Bible. It’s exciting and achievable!

2. Use Reading Plans and Resources

Using reading plans and resources can make your Bible reading take less time and help you focus by allowing you to follow a pre-made path! 

There are different plans and tools to help you read the Bible in a structured way. 

For instance, you can find reading plans that focus on specific topics or books in the Bible. 

You can also use devotional books and study guides, which are like friendly companions that explain what you read and help you understand it better. 

These resources make it easier to connect with the Bible’s teachings. 

And if you like using technology, there are cool online tools and apps that offer reading plans and insights at your fingertips. 

So, don’t be afraid to try these resources—they’re like friends helping you on your amazing journey of faith!

3. Be Accountable to a friend

The last thing you can do to read your Bible more regularly is

To Stay accountable to a friend. 

It’s like having buddies cheering you on during a race. 

This is the secret to success because it helps you stay on track and not give up. 

When you tell your friends or family, or even join online groups about your Bible reading plan, it’s like making a promise to them. 

Your friends can encourage you and share their own experiences, making your journey more exciting. 

You can also have regular check-ins with them to talk about what you’ve learned and ask questions. 

It’s like having a team of supporters making sure you finish the race strong. 

So, don’t be shy; involve others in your Bible reading journey, and together, you’ll go far!

Conclusion:

Having a consistent Bible reading routine isn’t always easy. Some days, it may feel hard to open your Bible. 

I know how that feels, and I just want to encourage you to open your Bible as often as you can. 

Reading The Bible regularly serves as a light on a dark path. 

When we read God’s word, we create a closer relationship with God. 

Not only that, The Bible is full of wisdom, and a source of inner peace and strength, offering guidance, comfort, and so much more.

As we take this journey, let’s remember that consistency in reading the Bible is not about perfection but about the transformation it brings to our hearts and lives.

So, keep that routine going, even on days when it’s tough. Keep seeking the wisdom of the Bible, and you’ll continue to grow in faith and find the peace and joy that comes from connecting with God’s Word. 

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  • Insights to make your devotional time more impactful
  • How to understand the context of the passage
  • And so much more!

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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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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. 

In the comments below, share your tips on How to pass down our faith to the Next Generation.

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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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.

My top pics for music for the whole family with love:
  • 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.

11 perfect father’s day verses for cards

My father’s birthday falls right around Father’s day. Some years, they are on the day same. Ever since we were young, he always insisted on getting separate gifts and separate cards. Since I love my dad, I was more than happy to oblige. But, if you are anything like me, you like to add bible verses for cards but always come up blank. So, to help you out, I want to share with you 11 perfect Father’s day verses for cards.

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11 Father’s Day Verses for Cards

1. Joshua 1:9‍

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

This is my favourite Father’s day verse for cards. It’s an encouragement to all parents to stand firm.

Being a mom is one of the hardest jobs I have ever had. There have been so many times I have felt scared and unsure. During those times, I have remembered that God is always with me. That truth brings me so much comfort. I know my husband feels the same.

2. Joshua 24:15

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24:15

The Bible tells us that men are the spiritual leaders of the home. One of the best moves a man can make is to choose to follow The Lord. This is a daily choice he makes to follow God and lead His family to worship and honor The Lord.

3. Proverbs 14:26‍

“Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge

Proverbs 14:26

One of my favorite verses is Psalm 46:1 which tells us God is our refuge and strength. This verse tells us that those who fear God have that refuge. Not only that, but a parent’s fear of God will also be a refuge for their children.

As Christian parents, we make different choices for our children than other parents may make. In our family, it means saying no to certain movies, TV shows, and access to social media. They are some of the only kids in their school that don’t have their own tech devices. Our kids don’t love it, but they know we set those rules because we love them and we are protecting them from an ugly online world.

By having those boundaries in our home, we offer them a safe place to land after a long school day. They escape all the school stuff and get rest, love, and feel renewed for the next day.

***These boundaries work for us and we don’t judge other parents who make different choices. We make that clear to our kids. Not all families work the same and we encourage each family to make decisions that work for them in the season they are in. ***

4. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14‍

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14‍ NKJV

The context of this verse is encouraging Christians to stand strong in their faith. As parents, this verse can also encourage us because it’s our job to watch out for evil things and protect our children from them. It’s our job to stand fast in our faith so we can be an example of Christian living and what that looks like on a day-to-day basis (even when life is hard). It’s also our job to parent with love so that our children don’t see rules and regulations but relationships and worship.

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5. Psalm 127:3-5‍

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.”

Psalm 127:3-5

My mothering journey started out extremely hard. I haven’t always loved it and when I would read this verse, I would get upset. I didn’t understand how children could be a reward. Rewards are supposed to be good, and I felt everything but that.

It took me years to understand how children could be a blessing.

Through many hard circumstances, I understand that, for me, the blessing comes from what I have learned about God.

Becoming a parent has opened my eyes to who God is as our Father. There have been so many spiritual lessons I’ve learned as a parent that I never truly understood before.

The journey hasn’t always been easy, but I would never trade it for the world, because not only have I gotten to know God more, I now love my role as a mother and am so glad God carried me through to where I am now.

6. Psalm 128:3-4‍

“Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord.”

Psalm 128:3-4

These father’s day verses for cards are ones that took me a while to understand.

When most people read these verses, they think that the fruit the wife has is many children. That makes sense, but I don’t read it that way. When I read it, I think the fruit the woman produces is spiritual fruit.

There is this saying that if you ask God for patience, He won’t give you patience, He’ll give you an opportunity to practice patience.

Being a mother or father is a series of opportunities to practice patience, love, kindness, self-control, and all the other spiritual fruit.

7. Proverbs 23:24  

“The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.”

Proverbs 23:24

There is no better feeling than when you watch your children make good decisions.

My youngest child is 6, and he is very busy trying to figure out the world around him. Unlike my 2 older girls, he is happy to share with me his thought process and why he did or didn’t do something. It’s an insight into his mind and it always brings a smile to my face.

For example. Today, I went to the grocery store, and I asked him if he wanted to come. He was more than happy to say yes and was a good helper the whole trip. On the walk back to the car from the store, he said: You didn’t say thank you for coming. Usually, you thank me for coming. I said yes because I didn’t want you to go alone.

It’s such a simple thing, but I took joy in it today. He loves me so much that he doesn’t want me to be lonely and thinks I should always have help.

There are so many of these tiny moments in parenting. It’s easy to miss them and not realize how they can bring joy. But for me, these are the moments I hang on to because I know there will be hard moments to come. These joyful moments will help me through and remind me why I love being a mom.

8. 3 John 1:4

“It is the greatest joy of my life to hear that my children are consistently living their lives in the ways of truth.”

3 John 1:4

If I could wish one thing, it would be that all 3 of my kids would ask Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins and live lives that would honor Him.

It is my deepest desire.

My oldest daughter is 12 and sometimes, at church, all I can do is rejoice when I watch her sing and worship God. It gives me so much joy to see her choose to worship God and do it with all her heart. When I see that, my prayer is always the same: that she would continue to worship God all the days of her life.

The best thing we can do for our children is to pray for their salvation and bring them to The Lord daily.

9. Psalm 103:13

As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.

Psalm 103:13

God is so big and sometimes hard to understand. But, I see the love and compassion my husband has for our children and I marvel God feels that way about us.

I know how much we love our children and am reminded that God’s love for them is greater than that. It’s immeasurable. There really is no comparison, but our love for our children is the closest example we have. Because there is nothing I wouldn’t do for our children and God has given us everything- even the death of His son. Every time I think about that, it blows me away.

10. Proverbs 20:7

The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him!

Provers 20:7

Kids are little parrots. They will copy and mimic those around them. If we want our children to follow The Lord, then we need to be living our lives in a way that shows that to them. When a father walks with integrity, his children will follow.

This is not a promise, because I know it doesn’t always happen, but it’s an encouragement. It’s a reminder of the important job we hold as mothers and fathers.

Our children will follow us- so where are we taking them?

11. Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Philippians 4:6 ESV

The last father’s day verses for cards I want to share with you is Philippians 4:6.

Before having kids, I would not call myself an anxious person. But, as soon as I was pregnant for the first time, the worries came as well.

There are so many times in our children’s lives when we will feel anxious. This verse isn’t telling us to stop being anxious. It’s telling us what to do when we do feel anxious— bring it all to The Lord.

When we go to The Lord, it’s a shoulder to cry on, feet to lay our burdens down, comfort and safety when we need it most.

It’s not a promise that the anxiety will go away, or that the situation will go away- it’s a promise that God is with us and wants us to come to Him with ALL OF IT.

I am so thankful for my father, and my husband. Both are men who love The Lord and have lived these verses. In the comments below, share your favourite father’s day verses for cards.

God is Light

As a Christian, it is important that we understand who God is. To do that, we can read the names of God used in the bible. Each name declares one part of who God is. Today, LeighAnne Clifton shares her thoughts on God is Light.

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A picture of a path in the woods with light at the end. Next to the picture are the words God is light, powerful names of God blog series

God is Light

We live in what many refer to as “dark times.” Global pandemic. Social unrest. Political upheaval. Any of these situations could plummet us into despair.

Uncertainty seems to govern every aspect of life. However, as believers in Jesus, we know that while we should avoid the darkness and all the evil it represents; we need not fear it.

Why?

The Bible tells us God is Light.

  • 1 John 1:5-6 “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”

We see light in the beauty of a rainbow that reiterates His promise from ancient days not to destroy the earth with a flood. The spectrum of color in a rainbow is created by light shining through water droplets. Think about that… God made a promise using light!

His word contains many reassurances that He is indeed Light. (Do a search on your Bible app for the word “light.” I got over 200 hits!)

God is Light from the Start

The idea of God being and embodying light goes all the way back to Creation.

  • Genesis 1:3-4 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.

There’s so much truth packed into these short verses.

God saw the light and considered it to be good. It can be so easy to read right over that small, but monumentally important, nugget. However, when taken in context with the rest of His Word, we see that immediately, on the very first day of creating everything, He equated the light with that which is good. Then, He separated the light from the darkness.

What crucially important facts to understand!

Darkness and light do not co-exist. When light is brought into the darkness, it banishes the darkness. Wow. The heavy and eternal significance of this foundational truth becomes even clearer when Jesus enters the scene, as we’ll see later.

God is Light in the Wilderness

Centuries after creation, God assured His chosen children of His presence by accompanying them as a pillar of fire at night through the desert. (Exodus 13:21). The fire provided the Israelites the ability to travel throughout the night. A source of light would have also provided protection from animal attacks or enemy forces.

During their long journey, Moses had fellowship with God on Mt. Sinai on more than one occasion. Moses went up the mountain twice for the 10 commandments. Both times, he spent 40 days and 40 nights. (Exodus 19:18-25)

When Moses returned for the second set of stone tablets, he stayed with the Lord for forty days and nights. During this period, he received the covenant God made between Himself and the nation of Israel.

Upon Moses’ return to the Israelites, “his face was radiant,” a physical remnant of his time spent in the glory of the Lord and His powerful holy light. (Exodus 34:29-35)

This account reflects how being in the presence of God changes our countenance.

The Significance of Light

Throughout the ages, each individual God chose to pen the words of the Bible associated light with the holy perfection of God.

Following the Lord’s example, established at the beginning of time, the concept of darkness signifies sin and evil – things governed by Satan.

Eventually, though, Light always prevails!

Even in Israel’s times of deepest despair and, yes, darkness, the prophets of God proclaimed hope in the light their God promised.

Isaiah 51:4 Listen to me, my people;
hear me, my nation:
Instruction will go out from me;
my justice will become a light to the nations.

Isaiah 42:5-7 “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people
and a light for the Gentiles,
to open eyes that are blind,
to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

God is the Light of the World

Hundreds of years after God promised to send a “light for the Gentiles,” Jesus stepped out of heaven to take on human form, becoming God incarnate.

In John’s account of the gospel of Jesus Christ, he states that Jesus (the Word) “was with God,” and “was God.” In the next sentence, John writes:

  • John 1:3-5 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

This brief but powerful introduction to John’s account clearly proclaims the truth of Jesus’ deity. It shows that Jesus was present at the beginning of time.

It also not only continues the theme of God as light but also gives us a clear picture that Jesus as God in the flesh will not be extinguished.

Even if we didn’t have the rest of John’s book chronicling the life of Jesus, what a reassurance these first words are!

God is Light in the Darkness

Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council known as the Pharisees, came to see Jesus under cover of darkness.

Why in the dark?

Because Nicodemus knew his fellow religious rulers already hated this wise itinerant teacher. Nicodemus needed his meeting with this controversial individual to remain a secret.

Remember the significance of darkness?

Nicodemus wanted to keep his thirst to learn more, in the dark. Maybe he considered such curiosity a sin. However, what he learned during that encounter changed his life, just as it’s changed the lives of millions since.

It was during their secret meeting that Jesus uttered the most recognizable words in the Bible (John 3:16).

A couple of sentences later, though, Jesus made an explosive commentary not only on His own identity but also on the state of Nicodemus’ heart.

  • John 3:19-21 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.

It is Who He Says He Is

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He delivered seven “I AM” statements.

  • John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, IAM.”

This may seem like an insignificant detail, but to the Jews of Jesus’ day, such statements would have been considered heretical.

Why?

Let’s rewind to Moses.

When God confronted Moses at the burning bush in Exodus 3, a terrified Moses asked God who he should say sent him to demand the release of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage. God instructed Moses to tell them “I AM” sent Him. This name firmly declared God’s supreme power. Greater than any earthly ruler.

Fast forward back to Jesus’ bold declarations. Jesus stating saying ” I am” shows that Jesus is declaring He is the same of the person who talked to Moses at the burning bush.

God is Light for All

Although the truth of His teaching penetrated many searching souls, Jesus’ claims created fury among religious leaders. Most were too blind to see the Truth they, and their ancestors had sought for centuries.

In the second “I AM” statement of his ministry, Jesus said:

  • John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Jesus faced immediate opposition by the Pharisees for this declaration.

How sad, and tragically ironic, that the Light of the world was sent to save the very ones, God’s beloved Jews, who doubted, opposed, and, ultimately, killed Him.

Not long before Jesus’ betrayal and crucifixion, He tried to tell his dear friends of the events to come. Again, He reminded them of the crucial distinction between Light and darkness.

  • John 12:35-36 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.

There was no way for the disciples to understand the horrible, dark truth of the pain that awaited their friend. Most of them, however, would later carry the Light to distant lands, seeking to abolish the darkness as Jesus had commissioned them to do.

So, what became of Nicodemus after his late-night meeting with our Savior?

The next mention of him is after the crucifixion. Nicodemus assisted with preparing Jesus’ body for emplacement in a borrowed tomb. No longer in the dark, Nicodemus was truly a changed man.

God is Eternal Light

The early church understood the importance of aligning themselves with the Light and desired for Jews and Gentiles to do the same. John, Peter and Paul all refer to Jesus in terms of His light, equated to His holiness.

Now, in this time of so much darkness, division, and chaos all around us, how can we know the Light will overcome the darkness?

Has the world gone too far to ever be back in the Light, the holy glow of God’s glory?

The good news is that God is victorious, both now and forever. John saw the beauty of God’s victory when he recorded his vision in the Book of Revelation.

After writing of the horror of God’s wrath and His judgment on the enemy, John tells of the incomparable beauty of the new heaven.

  • Revelation 21:22-24 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendour into it.

And, just like that, God perfectly wraps up His love letter to His people by exhibiting the radiance of His sovereign perfection.

Darkness will be no more because the Light will reign!

We have just seen that Light defines who God is and what He is. In the comments below, share your thoughts about God is light.

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