What does it mean to live for The Glory of God?

Are you looking for ways to live for the glory of God? In this episode, I talk to Gina Habig about how to glorify God in our daily lives. Gina shares her journey of realizing that following rules and striving to please God through our own efforts aren’t enough, and how the Holy Spirit empowers us to live a life that pleases Him. Discover how to overcome “religion guilt” and focus on pointing people to Christ and His example. Stick with me as I share practical ways to serve and love others in a way that points to God’s glory.

What does it mean to live for The Glory of God?

Are you looking for guidance on how to live a life that glorifies God? In this podcast episode, Anne Markey and Gina Habig share their personal experiences and insights on how to live for the glory of God.

In this episode, we talk about:

– How to avoid guilt and shame caused by not following rules and laws

– How to teach kids about having a personal relationship with God

– The importance of understanding the full gospel and having faith in it.

Hi and welcome back to the Christian Minute podcast. My name is Anne Markey and I am joined today by a guest. Her name is Gina Habig. Welcome to the show.

Meet Gina

Tell me about your background and how you first came to know God.
I remember at age 4, coming to my mom and asking her to pray with me. I don’t think I really understood the gospel till I was 30 years old.

So 26 years later, I felt like I finally understood that Jesus didn’t just give me a ticket to heaven, he gave me a new life, a new desire to want to serve him.

I think a huge piece of that was not understanding The Holy Spirit and how He empowers me to live a life that pleases God.

Instead, what I thought is, I got the ticket to heaven, and I’m not going to hell. However, I have to work really hard and kill myself to please God. Not that I could earn salvation, but more of never wanting to feel like I was on God’s bad side.

I saw him as an angry parent. I think that corresponded with my upbringing.

I was brought up in a very strict Baptist home where it was very much rule-based and everything was centred around the church and their culture. And so I thought I had to constantly continue to earn my way to God’s happiness. But I didn’t see it anymore. I didn’t really see it as I was earning salvation.

The Role of Guilt in Christian Living

I think when you’re younger, you really try to follow all those rules. But then you realize you feel guilty because you can’t follow all the rules.

Nowhere in the scripture does it say we actually have to read our Bible every day. The Bible tells us to meditate on scripture and tells us how good it is for us to do.

But, when we’re not measuring up, I think the devil does a really good job of making us feel guilty and telling us we’re horrible Christians, God doesn’t want you like all these things.

And so it’s this mix of The church conversation, but also the devil taking advantage of those things and like keeping us down and guilty and ashamed and all those things.

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Pointing people to Christ

The piece we could mention is the picture of being pointed to Christ as being the one who did it all.

When people would sit down with me and go over Colossians 3, they would skip chapters one and two, which tells me who Christ is.

They would just tell me, stop sitting, stop doing this. But how do I do that in my own strength? I can’t.

And so that’s the I think a big piece of it is- are we pointing that person to Christ, or are we pointing them to more obedience and laws?

The downfall of toxic purity culture

I’ve seen exactly what you’re talking about because I think about the purity culture in the nineties. It was exactly this. It was very rule-based. It was very demoralizing and none of it was pointing us to Christ.

It was all very much teaching us that if you do one thing, then you’re completely ruined. It was just a really bad framing of this conversation.

And I find like one of the things I’ve noticed lately is it has shifted. These days, I see so many people talking about why it’s bad to have sex outside of marriage. Pointing it back to Christ and sharing that the church is a symbol of the bride and the groom.

We never gave me the God piece. You just told me that it was bad and that it would ruin me.

And so I think, when we’re telling our kids, we have to give them that God piece.

Otherwise, I think you missed that personalization.

As a mom, I’m trying to be a lot more conscientious about sharing why and how something they do has an effect on their relationship with God. Asking, how does God fit into this scenario?

What does Glorying The Lord mean?

When I think of glorifying the Lord, I think the first thing is defining glory.

Glory is not something that can be added, it’s something that already is. And that’s what the Bible teaches about God’s glory, is that it’s inherent to him. So things like His reputation, and being reverent to Him.

In Isaiah 6:1-4 when the heavenly creatures are saying holy is the Lord God Almighty, the whole Earth is full of his glory. Well, why did they not say holy is the Lord God Almighty, the whole earth is full of His Holiness? Why do they not say that? Well, because they were describing what glory really was, and it’s the purity, it’s the majesty of who God is.

God has to be connected to uplifting who He is. And I think the first thing that we do is understand the full gospel and believe in the full gospel.

Then of course repentance, and then continuing faith.

And then lastly, it goes into practice things like loving others and depending on God and trusting in Him.

Glorifying in The Lord’s discipline

When we glorify in The Lord’s discipline we become more like Him.

This is what The Lord says in Romans 8:28-30. He is going to be bringing us to full glorification by making us into the image of God. But that doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

And even if we look at the life of Christ, we see that He learned obedience. Jesus had to learn how to walk in the way even though he was 100 % God and also 100 % man, he still had to fulfill all righteousness by living a life that we could never live.

He was the model of what it meant to glorify God and we look to his life to see how it’s demonstrated.

But I think a lot of times it becomes more of a performance. And I think this is dependent on the motive of the person.

Our motives matter

Some of that could be like it’s glorifying if we serve in the church, it’s glorifying to help the poor, it’s glorifying to discipline our all that’s glorifying.

But what is the motivation?

I can look good and people can go, oh look at so and so is a good Christian mother?

No, if it’s not pointing to God, it’s not glorifying him.

The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.

Psalm 19:1-2

The heavens declare God’s glory- it points people back to God, not itself.

We are to shine the spotlight on the person of God because He is already full of glory. So we’re not adding to his glory. We can’t. But we can lift up his glory, or at least like, point towards his glory and also, focus on his glory instead of ourselves, our works, our abilities and all those things.

Steps to shifting our thoughts and actions to glorying God

I’m not going to mention who this is because I don’t recommend this author. But I will say, I read a book that was very good and very biblical. I needed to be confronted that nothing I could do could ever please God in the same way that Christ please God.

And so the book basically contrasted what God says is good and what you think is good. And that blew me away because that confronted me at the core of my problem.

I needed to realize that Christ’s work was not only good enough to get me to heaven but was good enough for me to rest him and to stop running this hamster wheel.

So my twenties were just this hamster wheel of running around looking for this Bible study, going to this conference, thinking there’s a special secret I have not found. And there was. It just was the gospel.

The spirit led me that long so that I can have something to share with someone else.

I got married very young and just thought all my problems would go away since I met a completely different, like my husband’s upbringing.

He saw more of the gospel and I saw more of the loss. And he’s five years older than me, so he’s not much older than me. You just happen to see something a little something different, which was great because God used that to teach me to get me to realize, I needed to be in the word and I need to stop seeking some kind of special answer.

God redeems lost time

Even though you got saved, younger and didn’t really make it personal until your thirties. That time in between can feel like lost time.

But what I love is that the Lord still redeemed it.

To Him, it’s not lost time because you’re using it to encourage other people and put the spotlight back on Him.

I think sometimes we can get trapped in this idea of like, I’ve lost all this time. I haven’t made the most of my time and have that guilt.

Whereas in realizing that I’m not perfect, I may have some lost time, but God can still redeem that time and use it for his glory.

And I always think that that’s amazing.

When we think of the children of Israel and how much time they lost, how much of their story do we learn from because of that?

So God can use all these things for His glory because of who He is. And all we have to do is shift that mindset.

Is it sad that I lost that time?

Sure! But I don’t need to sit in that sadness. I can use it to encourage other people.

The Lord can use our husbands to help us grow

I think the Lord has an amazing way of using marriage in our spouses to show us different pieces of himself.

My husband grew up in a non-Christian home. And the organizations that he got saved through were very much relationship-based and had a different way of looking at things.

And so learning from each other in our marriage and figuring out how we take both sides of what we learned now and apply it to the way we raise our children and the priorities that we have in our life.

1 Year Bible reading plan

The purpose of the law

When you understand the gospel, you’re no longer enslaved to the law. The law kills. And so in Christ, the law is still important.

But the law is our schoolmaster. It is to instruct us.

It is not to kill us and the Israelites.

They were to see through the law that they needed a saviour.

That was the whole purpose of the law.

That’s, where the Pharisees went wrong. They kept thinking the more laws I do, the more spiritual I am.

And God is saying, no. The law is to show you can never keep my law perfectly. This is to show you how holy I am. And how much you need me to save you completely.

And that’s what the prophets kept telling them. But they still didn’t get it.

It’s all about coming right back to the gospel, coming right back to who God is, His character and how that shapes the way we think about our relationship with Him, and other Christians.

I think we can have this impact by sharing more about who God is and bringing it back to Scripture.

When you understand the gospel, you’re no longer enslaved to the law. The law kills. And so in Christ, the law is still important.

But the law is our schoolmaster. It is to instruct us.

4 steps you can take to live for the glory of God

Step 1: Get to Know God

The first thing is- if you don’t know the gospel you don’t know Christ.

That would be the first step is to get to know who your saviour is because you can’t live if you don’t know who He is and what He has done for you.

So that’s the first thing. Read the book of John maybe. And I would read it in conjunction with one of the Synoptic Gospels because then you can see more of the movements of Christ’s life because we know John is evangelistic, so you see it pointing to the Saviour and then the other gospels.

You see more of the everyday life of Christ and how his ministry actually was carried out.

Step 2: Find a mentor

The second step I think would be to get with a mentor. Find someone in your church that can walk you through the steps of what it means to be a Christian through the example of their life and through the scripture.

I think sometimes we focus too much on books and there are some great books that I’d recommend, but make sure it’s Bible based and it’s expositional to scripture.

Step 3: Spend time with God regularly

Find a time- in your day, and your week when you can be in God’s word.

There’s no law about you must do it at a certain time of day. Find a time in the day that works for you.

I know for one of my friends when all her kids are napping is the time she does it. And they all go down and she goes in the word, and that’s like clockwork to her. But she’s made it a priority because she knows she can’t live without it.

So find that time.

You don’t have to make it difficult. You don’t need to read three or four chapters a day. Start slow and don’t go past the point that you can’t understand anymore.

And I’m a big believer in reading through scripture if you haven’t done it and start in Genesis and just go and get a commentary if you need it or get a study Bible if you get stuck in Leviticus because we all get stuck there and then study.

What I mean by the study is to pick a book and go verse by verse. Very slowly and go over and over and over until you get it. That’s how I think the practice starts.

And then the spirit is going to lead you.

1 Year Bible reading plan

A simple tip to start reading God’s word

One of the things that I did at a camp growing up, was have morning staff devotions. And one of my favourite things was reading the same book every morning for a week.

And so you’re reading the entire book of Galatians every day for like 7 days.

And then all you’re doing is just talking about the different things that just popped out.

And then you start seeing connections and you start seeing how the word of God is alive and moving because, on day two and three and four and five, you see new things even though you’ve already read this book like 4 different times.

It doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be just super simple. It doesn’t have to be an hour, 2 hours, or 10 minutes. It can be one minute, 2 minutes, or 3 minutes.

It’s about the quality of time with God, not the quantity.

It’s an active choice to continue to learn more and seek more.

Step 4: do everything for God

Make sure what you’re doing is connected to Christ. I’ll give one example because I say this example a lot.

So let’s say you have a neighbour and she needs help. She is a widow. She needs you to help her clean her house.

So if you’re going to clean her house, but it’s not connected to Christ, meaning you’re just doing it to say I did my Christian duty or to feel better or to think you’re more holy, then you got a problem.

That’s kind of the test that I always kind of ask myself, okay, why am I doing this?

Am I doing this for my praise? Or am I doing this for the praise of God?

And so I’m very careful when I get involved in things. I don’t go out to church and get involved in 40 things because those things might be good, but they’re not. If I’m not doing it to point the person or the people who are going to receive that to Christ, I’m not living for the glory of God.

It’s not on your list of things to do

When we’re doing those things, glorifying God will become more like it’ll just happen because we’re seeking the Lord.

I don’t think we need to necessarily add one more task. Thinking- now I have to glorify the Lord.

Glorifying the Lord happens naturally when we’re spending time with Him and doing the things He’s called us to do.

When we do that, then glorifying the Lord is just a really amazing byproduct of those things.

How to connect with Gina

Share with us where people can connect more with you, and how they can find you and get to know you more.

My goal is to help women to study the Bible and to connect it to the context of the gospel in Christ.

You can connect with me on my blog, and Instagram.

I’ve been taking Bible classes, and now I want to give the information to people so they don’t sit there with four or five books and go, I don’t know where I’m going.

If that’s something that’s interesting to you and please reach out to me.

My website is also standing on foundations.

6 simple strategies to encourage children to pray

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

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

6 simple strategies to encourage children to pray

1. Taking Turns Leading Prayers:

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

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

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

2. Sharing Personal Prayer Requests

Encourage family members to share their personal prayer requests.

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

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

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3. Expressing Gratitude

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

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

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

4. Make it Interactive

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

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

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

5. Use Prayer Prompts: 

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

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

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

10 simple prayer prompts for kids

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

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

6. Be Patient and Supportive

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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

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

7 Age-Appropriate Ways to Explain Prayer to Children

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

7 Age-Appropriate Ways to Explain Prayer to Children

1. Talking to God

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

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

2. Seeking Guidance

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

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

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3. Expressing Gratitude

Teach your children to express gratitude through prayer.

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

4. Finding Comfort

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

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

5. Simple Prayers: 

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

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

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

6. Pray Together

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

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

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

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7. Model Prayer

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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

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

7 simple steps to Create a Habit of Family Prayer

One of the most powerful ways to foster this connection with God is through the practice of family prayer. In this post, I will share with you 7 simple steps to create a habit of family prayer in your home. From setting a dedicated time and space to involving every family member, we will explore the essential elements needed to create a meaningful and consistent prayer routine.

7 simple steps to create a habit of family prayer

1. Choose a Consistent Time

Select a time that works best for your family, whether it’s in the morning, during mealtime, or before bedtime.

Consistency is key in forming a habit, so aim for a time when everyone can gather together without distractions.

In our family, we pray together after dinner. Then, we also pray with our children before bed.

2. Find a Quiet Space

Designate a quiet and peaceful spot in your home where you can gather as a family for prayer. It could be a corner in the living room, a cozy nook, or even a space outdoors where you can connect with God’s creation.

For our family, we pray together at the dinner table. It’s not comfortable, but it’s in the same spot every day. It’s also a great way to not lose any children in the transition from dinner to prayer time.

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3. Set Realistic Goals

Start small and set achievable goals for your prayer time.

Begin with a few minutes of focused prayer, gradually increasing the duration as your family becomes more comfortable with the routine.

Some Goals can include:
  • Praying together once a day
  • Praying for a specific amount of time- I would start with a short time and build up
  • Having multiple people pray each time
  • Praying for other people
  • Making sure to add thanksgiving in your prayer time

4. Engage Everyone

Encourage each family member to participate in prayer. Share personal prayer requests, express gratitude, and pray for one another.

Engaging children by asking them to share their own prayers can foster their spiritual growth and deepen their connection with God.

5. Utilize Prayer Resources

Explore prayer resources such as prayer journals, devotionals, or guided prayer apps that can provide structure and inspiration for your family’s prayer time.

These tools can help guide your conversations with God and make the experience more meaningful.

In our family, we don’t use any resources. We just pray for the things on our minds and for people who we feel we want to pray for.

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- Soren Kierkegaard

6. Be Flexible

Understand that life can get busy, and schedules may change.

Be flexible in adapting your prayer routine to fit the demands of each season.

Remember, what matters most is the genuine intention to connect with God as a family.

In our family, not every night works to pray together. Sometimes I have to work, or we don’t have a lot of time between dinner and the next activity. We want to pray as often as we can, but we are also mindful that we don’t want it to become forced or something we just do.

7. Make it Interactive

Incorporate different prayer practices to keep your family engaged. It could be singing worship songs, reading scripture together, or even incorporating creative activities like drawing or writing prayers.

One thing we do is ask our children what they want to pray for and then encourage them to pray. If they don’t want to share, that’s ok- but this way they feel included in the prayer time.

Conclusion

By setting aside dedicated time for prayer and establishing a routine that works for your family’s schedule, you create space for God to work in your lives.

As you start praying as a family, remember that it is not just a task to be checked off but a beautiful opportunity to commune with God as a family, share your joys and concerns, and seek His guidance together.

May your commitment to family prayer bring unity, peace, and blessings that overflow into every aspect of your lives.

Embrace this practice, and watch as your family grows closer to God, experiences His presence, and witnesses the transformative power of prayer.

In the comments below, share your best tips to create a habit of family prayer.

30 powerful Bible verses about building a Christian home

As parents, we strive to create a loving, nurturing, and God-centered environment for our families. Building a Christian home is not just about the physical structure but also about establishing a strong foundation of faith, love, and biblical values. In this post, I share with you 30 powerful Bible verses about building a Christian home.

These verses cover a wide range of topics, including love, obedience, wisdom, unity, and the importance of passing down faith to the next generation.

Feel free to explore these verses and discover how they can inspire and guide us in creating a home that reflects the heart of God.

30 powerful Bible verses about building a Christian home

1. Joshua 24:15 – But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

2. Proverbs 24:3-4 – By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding, it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.

3. Psalm 127:1 – Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.

4. Ephesians 5:25 – Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

5. Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

6. Colossians 3:18-20 – Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

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7. Psalm 128:1 – Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.

8. Proverbs 14:1 – The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands, the foolish one tears hers down.

9. 1 Peter 4:8-9 – Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

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10. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 – These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

11. Psalm 101:2 – I will be careful to lead a blameless life—when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart.

12. Hebrews 3:4 – For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.

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13. Proverbs 11:29 – Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.

14. Psalm 133:1 – How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

15. 1 Corinthians 16:14 – Do everything in love.

a verse card that says, Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

16. Proverbs 24:27 – Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.”

17. Ephesians 6:4 – Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

18. Psalm 34:11 – Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

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19. Colossians 3:13 – Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

20. Proverbs 15:17 – Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.

21. Matthew 7:24 – Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

A verse card that says, Psalm 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.

22. Proverbs 24:27 – Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.

23. Romans 12:10 – Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

24. Psalm 103:17-18 – But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

A verse card that says Psalm 103:17-18 But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

25. Proverbs 31:26 – She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

26. Ephesians 6:1-3 – Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother—which is the first commandment with a promise—that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.

27. Psalm 128:3 – Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.

A verse card that says Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.

28. Titus 2:4-5 – Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

29. Proverbs 1:8-9 -Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

30. Psalm 145:4- One generation shall commend your works to another and shall declare your mighty acts.

These Bible verses highlight the importance of building a Christian home, emphasizing aspects such as love, obedience, wisdom, unity, and the fear of the Lord.

They serve as reminders of the values and principles that can guide families in their pursuit of a Christ-centered household.

20 top Christian family podcasts

As parents, we understand the desire to raise our children with love, wisdom, and a strong foundation in faith. In today’s fast-paced world, finding the time to learn and grow as parents can be challenging. That’s where Christian family podcasts come in – they offer a convenient and accessible way to gain valuable insights, practical tips, and biblical guidance right at your fingertips. 

In this blog post, I’ll share with you 20+ of the best Christian family podcasts that you can listen to on your phone, or while driving your car. 

Get ready to discover an incredible resource that will equip you with knowledge and encouragement as you navigate the joys and challenges of raising your children in a Christ-centered home.

20+ top Christian family podcasts

1. The Christian Minute:

The Christian Minute Podcast goes live every week when Anne dives into a topic that is relevant to the Christian faith. She explores the Bible, and share personal stories of how faith has impacted our lives and how practical it can be in any given scenario.  

Listen to The Christian Minute Podcast here 

2. Family Life Today: 

Family Life Today® is hosted by Dave and Ann. It’s a weekday podcast featuring fun, engaging conversations that help families grow together with Jesus while pursuing the relationships that matter most.

Listen to Family Life Today here

3. Raising Arrows

In those in-between moments of your busy mom life, Amy of the Raising Arrows Podcast is there to offer encouragement, refreshment, vision and hope. Find inspiration for the everyday management of your home and homeschool with practical, simple, guilt-free ideas from a mom who knows exactly where you are.

Listen to Raising Arrows here

4. Focus on the Family

A renowned podcast hosted by Jim Daly and John Fuller, featuring interviews, advice, and resources to help families thrive and live out their faith. Link

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5. Parenting on Purpose

This podcast by Aaron and Jody Pratt offers biblical guidance and practical strategies to help parents raise children who love and follow Jesus. Link

6. Family Matters

A podcast hosted by Dr. Tim Kimmel, provides insights and tools to help families embrace grace-based relationships and build strong foundations. Link

7. Rooted Working Mom podcast

Find True Rest in Jesus, Rise in Your God-Given Authority & Raise Kingdom Kids Steward & Connect With Your Kids Through Gospel Centered Parenting, as a Busy Working Mom God-Led Wholeness Coaching in Faith, Motherhood, Wellness, & Mindset Find Clarity and Purpose in Your Motherhood. 

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8. Marriage After God

A weekly marriage-focused podcast hosted by Aaron and Jennifer Smith, authors of Husband After God and Wife After God and their newest book titled Marriage After God: Chasing Boldly After God’s Purpose For Your Life Together. Marriage After God is intended to encourage, inspire and challenge marriages to chase boldly after God together and to cultivate an extraordinary marriage with each other.

Stay tuned each week for awesome marriage encouragement. We hope that we can shine a light on why God has brought you and your spouse together and how you can pursue His purpose for your life and family with joy and excitement. 

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9. Courageous Parenting

A weekly podcast with Isaac & Angie Tolpin on Biblical parenting. The raw truth on how to equip confident Christian kids in an uncertain world. We cover parenting topics on things such as purity, self-control, obedience, discipleship, relationships, education, pornography, Bible-time, marriage, and family. We hold nothing back and give the Biblical truth on relevant topics parents need today.

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10. Grace Based Families

Karis Murray and Michelle Broek believe that no one should parent children alone. And even more, we should all parent with grace. The grace based families podcast is a conversation between two moms in the thick of parenting children leaning into God’s grace as they try to extend his grace to their children. Grace Based Families is a podcast of Family Matters ministry.

Listen here

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11. Inspired to Action

Hosted by Kat Lee, this podcast encourages moms to live with intention, purpose, and joy in their parenting and personal lives. Full of practical wisdom and inspiring encouragement for moms. You’re a mom. You’re kind of a big deal. This podcast is for you!

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12. The Parent Cue

Join hosts Carlos Whittaker and Kristen Ivy as they discuss practical strategies for intentional parenting based on the Orange curriculum. Parent Cue Live is a weekly podcast featuring parenting experts designed to help parents do family better.

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13. Faith Strong Today

This podcast network offers a variety of shows focused on faith, family, marriage, and parenting from a Christian perspective. Link

14. Don’t Mom Alone

Heather MacFadyen, a mother of four boys, connects you the listener with people and resources to help you feel less alone. Consider it an invitation to “witness”.

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15. The Homemaking Foundations Podcast

The Homemaking Foundations podcast exists to encourage and equip Christian Homemakers to serve the Lord with Joy and diligence within our homes. The podcast is a mix of hands-on practical ideas as well as Biblical encouragement for those long weary days. Join in and listen to get the tools, inspiration, and encouragement you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home. 

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16. The Parenting Dare

Hosted by Amy Carney, this podcast challenges parents to embrace intentional and counter-cultural parenting strategies that align with biblical principles.

Listen here

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17. Family Worship Radio

The purpose for which Family Worship Radio exists is to strengthen parents to lead family worship that is Christ-centered, enjoyable, and profitable. This desire to help other families is fueled by a pastor’s heart that has seen the fruit first-hand from years of leading my own family in this blessed discipline. If even a few Christian families are aided in their journey to consistent, joyful, God-honoring family worship, then this is time well spent for Christ’s kingdom.

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18. The Bible for Kids

A podcast that brings Bible stories to life for children and families, exploring the Scriptures in an engaging and accessible way. Link

19. The Read-Aloud Revival

Hosted by Sarah Mackenzie, this podcast encourages families to foster a love for reading aloud and shares book recommendations for all ages. 

Listen here

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20. Thriving Beyond Belief

Cheryl Scruggs interviews guests who share stories of hope, faith, and resilience, inspiring families to thrive in their relationships and walk with God. Link

21. Real Christianity

Dale Partridge explores what it means to live out authentic Christianity in our families, churches, and communities. Link

22. Wire Talk 

Wire Talk with Karen Stubbs is a weekly podcast designed to encourage and equips moms through the precious, busy, challenging and life-changing journey of motherhood. Wire Talk offers practical, biblical advice on everything from toddler discipline to teenage dating and beyond! 

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23. Rootlike Faith

Jodi Grubbs shares stories and interviews that inspire families to live out their faith authentically and cultivate a strong foundation in Christ. Link

Explore these Christian family podcasts to find valuable insights, inspiration, and practical advice on various aspects of family life, parenting, marriage, faith, and homemaking.

These podcasts provide a wealth of resources to help you navigate the challenges and joys of raising a Christ-centered family and growing in your faith together.

In the comments below, share your top Christian family podcasts.

30 Christian Family Blogs to Deepen Your Faith

In today’s digital age, finding the right guidance and encouragement for your family can feel overwhelming. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 30 amazing Christian family blogs that are sure to uplift your spirits and provide valuable insights. 

From practical parenting tips to heartfelt devotionals and everything in between, these blogs offer a wealth of inspiration and wisdom for your daily life. Whether you’re seeking guidance on building a Christ-centered home, nurturing your marriage, or raising godly children, these blogs are here to support you every step of the way. 

Get ready to discover a vibrant online community of like-minded believers who are passionate about their faith and eager to share their experiences. 

Let’s dive in and explore these 30 Christian family blogs that will enrich your journey and help you grow closer to God.

30 Christian Family Blogs to Deepen Your Faith

1. One Determined Life 

One Determined Life is a blog focused on helping women read The Bible, understand it, and apply it to their everyday life.

The blog offers blog posts, a podcast and many different products to help women grow in their faith and get the most out of their bible study. 

Visit One Determined Life at: onedeterminedlife.com

2. The Better Mom 

The Better Mom blog is dedicated to encouraging and equipping moms to be better in every aspect of their lives.

From parenting tips to spiritual encouragement, you’ll find practical advice and heartfelt stories here.

Visit The Better Mom at: thebettermom.com

3. For the Family

For the Family is a blog that focuses on strengthening and encouraging families in their faith. With articles covering topics like marriage, parenting, and discipleship, this blog offers practical insights and biblical guidance.

Visit For the Family at: forthefamily.org

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4. Focus on the Family Blog

Focus on the Family is a well-known Christian organization that provides resources and support for families. Their blog covers a wide range of topics, including marriage, parenting, faith, and culture, with expert advice and uplifting stories.

Visit the Focus on the Family Blog at: focusonthefamily.com

5. Christian Mom Thoughts

Christian Mom Thoughts is a blog by Natasha Crain, a Christian mom passionate about equipping parents to instill a strong faith in their children.

Her blog offers practical tips, thoughtful insights, and answers to tough questions about raising kids in the faith.

Visit Christian Mom Thoughts at: christianmomthoughts.com

6. Happy Home Fairy

Happy Home Fairy is a delightful blog filled with creative ideas and inspiration for Christian families. From fun activities and crafts to encouragement for moms, this blog is a treasure trove of joy and positivity.

Visit Happy Home Fairy at: happyhomefairy.com

7. Inspired to Action

Inspired to Action is a blog dedicated to encouraging moms to live with intention and purpose. Focusing on topics such as prayer, self-care, and raising world-changers, this blog empowers women to make a difference in their families and communities.

Visit Inspired to Action at: inspiredtoaction.com

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8. Intentional By Grace

Intentional By Grace is a blog that helps families grow in their faith and live with intentionality. With articles on marriage, parenting, homemaking, and spiritual growth, this blog offers practical advice and resources to help families thrive.

Visit Intentional By Grace at: intentionalbygrace.com

9. Proverbs 31 Ministries

Proverbs 31 Ministries is a popular Christian ministry that provides encouragement and resources for women. Their blog features devotionals, inspiring stories, and practical tips on topics like marriage, motherhood, and faith.

Visit Proverbs 31 Ministries at: proverbs31.org

10. Raising Godly Children

Raising Godly Children is a blog dedicated to equipping parents with biblical principles and practical advice for raising children who love and serve God. From discipline strategies to teaching moments, this blog provides guidance for nurturing faith in kids.

Visit Raising Godly Children at: raisinggodlychildren.org

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11. The MOB Society

The MOB Society (Mothers of Boys) is a blog that supports and encourages moms who are raising sons. With a focus on biblical parenting and understanding boys’ unique needs, this blog offers resources, stories, and community for moms of boys.

Visit The MOB Society at: themobsociety.com

12. Club 31 Women

Club 31 Women is a blog dedicated to strengthening marriages and encouraging women in their roles as wives and mothers. With practical tips, relationship advice, and spiritual encouragement, this blog is a valuable resource for Christian women.

Visit Club 31 Women at: club31women.com

13. Hands Free Mama

Hands Free Mama is a blog that promotes intentional living and letting go of distractions to focus on what truly matters. Through heartfelt stories and practical insights, this blog inspires parents to be present and cultivate meaningful connections with their families.

Visit Hands Free Mama at: handsfreemama.com

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14. We are THAT Family

We are THAT Family is a blog that embraces imperfection and encourages families to live authentically.

With a mix of humour, inspiration, and practical advice, this blog addresses a variety of topics related to family life and faith.

Visit We are THAT Family at: wearethatfamily.com

15. A Holy Experience

A Holy Experience is a blog by Ann Voskamp that focuses on finding gratitude and beauty in everyday moments. Through poetic and reflective writing, this blog invites readers to embrace a lifestyle of gratitude and deepen their relationship with God.

Visit A Holy Experience at: annvoskamp.com

16. Keeper of the Home

Keeper of the Home is a blog that offers practical advice and resources for creating a natural and healthy home environment. From natural remedies to nutritious recipes, this blog provides guidance for holistic living from a Christian perspective.

Visit Keeper of the Home at: keeperofthehome.org

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17. Homemaking Ministries 

Homemaking Ministries is a blog that encourages women to view their roles as homemakers as a sacred calling. With articles on marriage, homemaking, parenting, and spiritual growth, this blog offers practical tools and inspiration to create a Christ-centered home.

Visit Homemaking Ministries at: homemakingministries.com

18. Embracing a Simpler Life

Embracing a Simpler Life is a blog that promotes minimalism, intentional living, and faith. With practical tips for decluttering, simplifying schedules, and finding contentment, this blog helps families create space for what truly matters.

Visit Embracing a Simpler Life at: embracingasimplerlife.com

19. The Modest Mom Blog

The Modest Mom Blog is a blog dedicated to modest fashion, motherhood, and Christian living.

With outfit ideas, tips for raising a godly family, and encouragement for women, this blog supports and uplifts Christian moms.

Visit The Modest Mom Blog at: themodestmomblog.com

20. Life as Mom

Life as Mom is a blog that provides practical tips and resources for managing a home and family.

From meal planning to organization, this blog equips busy moms with strategies to simplify and thrive in their daily lives.

Visit Life as Mom at: lifeasmom.com

21. The Unveiled Wife

The Unveiled Wife is a blog by Jennifer Smith, dedicated to encouraging wives to thrive in their marriages.

With personal stories, marriage advice, and resources for intimacy and communication, this blog inspires women to pursue a Christ-centered marriage.

Visit The Unveiled Wife at: the unveiled wife

22. The Time-Warp Wife

The Time-Warp Wife blog, created by author and speaker Darlene Schacht, focuses on marriage and biblical womanhood.

With devotionals, marriage challenges, and practical tips, this blog encourages wives to cultivate a strong relationship with God and their husbands.

Visit The Time-Warp Wife at: timewarpwife.com

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23. A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a blog that emphasizes the importance of biblical womanhood and homemaking.

With articles on marriage, motherhood, homemaking skills, and spiritual growth, this blog equips women to create a peaceful and nurturing home.

Visit A Wise Woman Builds Her Home at: awisewomanbuildsherhome.com

24. Growing Kids for the Kingdom

Growing Kids for the Kingdom is a blog dedicated to helping parents raise children who love and serve God. With practical advice, parenting insights, and spiritual encouragement, this blog provides resources to equip parents in their journey of faith and parenting.

Visit Growing Kids for the Kingdom at: growingkidsforthekingdom.com

25. The Purposeful Mom

The Purposeful Mom is a blog that aims to help moms be intentional in their parenting and home life.

From organization tips to homeschooling advice, this blog offers practical resources and encouragement for moms seeking to create a Christ-centered home.

Visit The Purposeful Mom at: thepurposefulmom.com

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26. Like a Bubbling Brook 

Like a Bubbling Brook is a blog that focuses on frugal living, faith, and family.

With money-saving tips, budgeting advice, and encouragement for Christian moms, this blog helps families thrive on a budget and grow in their faith.

Visit Like a Bubbling Brook at: likeabubblingbrook.com

27. Not Consumed 

Not Consumed is a blog that provides encouragement and resources for families facing various challenges.

With a focus on overcoming adversity, building resilience, and deepening faith, this blog offers practical tools and biblical insights for navigating life’s difficulties.

Visit Not Consumed at: notconsumed.com

28. The Busy Mom

The Busy Mom is a blog by Heidi St. John that encourages and equips busy moms in their parenting journey.

With articles on homeschooling, marriage, faith, and encouragement, this blog offers practical tips and spiritual insights to help moms thrive in their busy lives.

Visit The Busy Mom at: heidistjohn.com/blog

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29. The Humbled Homemaker

The Humbled Homemaker is a blog that focuses on natural living, motherhood, and faith.

With articles on healthy recipes, natural remedies, and parenting wisdom, this blog offers practical resources and inspiration for creating a balanced and intentional lifestyle.

Visit The Humbled Homemaker at: thehumbledhomemaker.com

30. A Virtuous Woman

This is a blog that celebrates and encourages women to embrace biblical principles and virtues in their everyday lives.

Through practical tips, heartfelt stories, and devotionals, this blog provides inspiration for women seeking to honour God in their roles as wives, mothers, and homemakers. From homemaking advice to spiritual growth, A Virtuous Woman equips women to create a peaceful and nurturing home environment.

Visit A Virtuous Woman at: avirtuouswoman.org

In the comments below, share your favourite Christian Family Blogs.

10 Christian Parenting Tips for Raising Godly Children

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

10 Christian Parenting Tips for Raising Godly Children

1. Lead by Example

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

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

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

2. Teach and Discuss Scripture

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

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

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

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

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3. Pray Together

Praying together as a family is a great way to deepen our relationship with one another and with God. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

4. Foster a Relationship with God

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

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

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

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

5. Instill Moral Values

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

Help them understand the significance of living out these values.

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

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

6. Create a Safe and Loving Home Environment

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

Be slow to anger and quick to listen.

Listen to their problems and ask what they need. 

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

7. Set Clear Boundaries

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

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

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

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

Why? 

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

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

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

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

8. Encourage Service and Generosity

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

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

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

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

9. Cultivate a Culture of Gratitude

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

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

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

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

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

10. Encourage Open Communication

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conclusion: 

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

5 Practical Tips for Teaching Scripture to Kids

Are you ready to unlock the power of Scripture in your children’s lives? Look no further, this blog post is here to guide you. I’ll be sharing five practical tips for teaching scripture to kids. From making Bible study a cherished part of your routine to engaging in meaningful conversations that relate God’s Word to their world, we’ve got you covered. Continue to read to help you share 5 Practical Tips for Teaching Scripture to Kids.

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5 Practical Tips for Teaching Scripture to Kids

1. Make Bible Study a regular part of your routine

It’s important to make Bible study a regular and enjoyable part of our family routine.

Making Bible study a regular part of your family routine is a wonderful way to strengthen your faith together.

7 simple tips to help you get started:
  • Choose a specific time that works best for your family, whether it’s in the morning, after dinner, or before bedtime. Make it consistent, so everyone knows when to gather.
  • Find a cozy spot where you can all sit comfortably, like the living room or dining table.
  • Next, pick a Bible version that is easy to understand, especially if you have younger children.
  • Read a short passage or story each time, and encourage everyone to take turns reading aloud.
  • Discuss what you’ve read, ask questions, and share your thoughts.
  • Make it interactive and engaging
  • Don’t forget to pray together, thanking God for His Word and asking for His guidance.

By making Bible study a regular part of your routine, you’ll deepen your family’s faith and grow closer to each other and to God.

2. Explain the passage you read 

When reading the Bible with our children, it’s helpful to explain the context and background of the passages.

This can bring the stories to life and help them connect with the characters and events. Encourage their curiosity and ask open-ended questions to spark meaningful discussions.

This allows them to express their thoughts, share their insights, and develop a deeper understanding of the Scriptures.

5 questions parents can ask kids about any bible verse they read
  • What is the main message or story in this Bible verse?
  • How do you think this verse applies to our lives today?
  • Can you identify any important lessons or values that we can learn from this verse?
  • Is there a particular character in the Bible verse that you find interesting or inspiring? Why?
  • How can we live out the teachings in this verse in our daily lives?

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3. Relate God’s word to their lives:

As parents, we can also relate the lessons from the Bible to their everyday lives. 

This helps them see how the principles and values found in Scripture can be applied to their relationships, choices, and challenges. 

Start by identifying relevant situations or experiences in their lives where biblical principles can be applied.

For example:

If your children are facing a challenge at school, discuss how the story of David and Goliath teaches us about courage and trusting in God’s strength.

Use age-appropriate language and examples to make it relatable.

Encourage open discussions and ask your children how they think God’s word can guide them in making choices or handling difficult emotions. Help them see the practicality and relevance of Scripture in their everyday lives.

By relating God’s word to their experiences, you’ll instill a deep understanding of faith and equip them with a solid foundation for navigating life’s challenges with God’s guidance.

4. Encourage them to memorize scripture

Beyond reading and studying Scripture, encourage your children to memorize key verses.

This will help them hide God’s Word in their hearts and carry it with them throughout their lives.

Start by choosing short and meaningful verses that are easy to understand.

5 verses you can start with
  • “God is love.” – 1 John 4:8
  • “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13
  • “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” – Proverbs 3:5
  • “Be kind to one another.” – Ephesians 4:32
  • “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” – Luke 6:31

Once you pick a verse, you can write them on colourful index cards or create a verse-of-the-week display in their room.

You can make it a family affair by memorizing the verses together and reciting them regularly.

Create fun games, crafts, or challenges to make memorization enjoyable, like turning it into a friendly competition or using a song or rhythm to help them remember.

Celebrate their progress and offer small rewards or praise to motivate them.

Help them understand the meaning behind the verses and discuss how they can apply them in their lives.

By making Scripture memorization a positive and interactive experience, you’ll help your children build a strong foundation of faith and equip them with God’s words to guide them throughout their lives.

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5. Have an ongoing conversation

Lastly, let’s remember that teaching and talking about Scripture is not a one-time event but an ongoing conversation.

Look for opportunities throughout the day to bring up biblical principles or share relevant stories from the Bible. This helps our children see that faith is not limited to a specific time or place but is woven into the fabric of our everyday lives.

Conclusion

By teaching and talking about Scripture with our children in a way that is engaging, relevant, and relatable, we equip them with a strong foundation of God’s truth. We guide them to develop a personal relationship with Jesus and understand the depth of His love and grace. 

Together, let’s embark on this exciting adventure of exploring God’s Word with our children and watch as their hearts are transformed by its life-giving message.

In the comments below, share your best Tips for Teaching Scripture to Kids.

20 Creative Date Night Ideas for Couples on a Budget

When you’re trying to save money or sticking to a budget, date nights can often take a back seat. But it’s important to make time for each other, even if you’re trying to cut back on expenses. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to have a fun and memorable date night without breaking the bank. Here are 20 creative date night ideas for couples on a budget.

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20 Creative Date Night Ideas for Couples on a Budget

1. Try a date night subscription box

There are several different subscription boxes for couples looking for a creative date night idea. You can pick a theme, and get a box with all the materials. Some popular subscription boxes are from Trailblazing Love.*

Our outdoor adventure boxes are designed to provide couples with an unforgettable experience in nature.

Each box is carefully curated with a variety of activities and surprises, from guided hikes to stargazing to gourmet snacks and drinks. 

Games and activities, candles, conversation starters, and surprises or personalized items make the experience unique and special.

A date night box may also include a selection of delicious and indulgent snacks to enjoy together, such as chocolates, cookies, popcorn, or other treats. These snacks are designed to add to the overall enjoyment of the date night experience and create a cozy and intimate atmosphere.

Whether you’re a seasoned outdoors enthusiast or just looking to try something new, our boxes offer something for everyone and are the perfect date night idea for couples on a budget.

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2. Have a Picnic in the Park

Pack some sandwiches, snacks, and drinks in a picnic basket, and head to your local park for a romantic picnic. You can spend the afternoon lounging in the sunshine, playing frisbee, and enjoying each other’s company.

You can pick a park close to home, or discover a new park in a different area of town. This is a great date idea for those who like being outdoors and discovering fun things to do and explore in your city.

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3. Host a Game Night

Instead of going out, stay in and host a game night.

Picture this: you and your partner cozied up on the couch, surrounded by an array of board games, cards, and maybe even some snacks. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, filled with laughter and friendly competition.

As you take turns rolling dice or strategizing your next move, you can’t help but appreciate the simple joy of spending quality time together.

Whether it’s battling it out in a classic game or discovering new favourites, an at-home game night is the perfect way to bond and create lasting memories.

So grab your favourite games, grab your partner’s hand, and get ready for a night filled with fun, laughter, and friendly banter. Let the games begin!

4. Go for a Bike Ride

Going for a bike ride as a date night idea is not only a fun and active way to spend time together, but it also allows couples to explore the outdoors and enjoy each other’s company.

Whether you choose to ride along scenic trails, through a park, or even around your neighbourhood, biking offers a sense of adventure and freedom.

You can pack a picnic and stop at a picturesque spot to enjoy a snack together or make it a goal to reach a specific destination like a local café or ice cream shop.

Bike rides provide an opportunity for conversation, laughter, and shared experiences as you pedal side by side. Plus, physical activity releases endorphins and boosts energy, making it a great way to feel refreshed and invigorated.

So grab your bikes, helmets, and each other’s hand, and embark on a delightful bike ride date night adventure.

5. Attend a Free Concert

Attending a free concert as a date night is a fantastic way to enjoy live music, soak up the vibrant atmosphere, and create lasting memories together.

Free concerts are often held in parks, public squares, or community events, providing a lively and inclusive environment. You and your partner can groove to the rhythm, dance, or simply sit back and savour the melodies.

The diverse range of music genres showcased at free concerts ensures there’s something for everyone’s taste. From local bands to up-and-coming artists, these concerts offer a platform for emerging talent and an opportunity to discover new sounds.

The shared experience of enjoying music in a crowd of enthusiastic listeners fosters a sense of connection and camaraderie.

So, grab a picnic blanket or find a spot on the grass, immerse yourselves in the harmonies, and let the music uplift your spirits on a delightful date night.

6. Take a Free Walking Tour


Embarking on a walking tour as a date night is an exciting way to explore your city or a new destination while deepening your connection as a couple.

Walking tours offer a unique blend of history, culture, and adventure, as you traverse the streets and uncover hidden gems together.

Whether it’s a guided tour led by a knowledgeable local or a self-guided tour using a map or app, you’ll have the opportunity to discover intriguing landmarks, architectural wonders, and fascinating stories behind the places you visit.

As you stroll hand in hand, you can engage in meaningful conversations, share discoveries, and create shared memories.

Walking tours encourage curiosity, ignite your sense of discovery, and allow you to see familiar places with fresh eyes.

So, lace up your comfortable shoes, embrace the journey, and let the magic of a walking tour ignite your sense of adventure on a memorable date night.

7. Cook a Fancy Meal Together

Instead of going out to an expensive restaurant, stay in and cook a fancy meal together. You can light some candles, put on some music, and enjoy a romantic night in.

Indulging in the art of making a fancy meal together can transform an ordinary date night into an extraordinary culinary experience.

Start by selecting a sophisticated recipe that tantalizes your taste buds, whether it’s a gourmet dish or a cuisine from around the world.

Plan the menu, gather the finest ingredients, and embark on a culinary adventure in your own kitchen. As you chop, sauté, and season, you’ll bond over shared tasks and discover the joys of teamwork.

Dress up your dining area with candles, fine china, and soft music to set the mood for a romantic ambiance.

When the masterpiece is complete, savour the flavours and delight in the satisfaction of creating a restaurant-quality meal from scratch. This shared culinary journey not only stimulates your taste buds but also nurtures a deeper connection between you and your partner.

So, put on your chef hats, elevate your date night, and savour every moment of this delicious experience together.

8. Have a Movie Night

Having a movie night as a date night is a classic and cozy way to spend quality time together. Whether you choose to cuddle up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn or create a mini theatre experience in your living room, the magic of movies can transport you to different worlds and evoke a range of emotions.

Select a favourite film or explore new genres together, and let the captivating stories and characters entertain and inspire you.

Movie nights provide an opportunity to relax, unwind, and enjoy each other’s company in the comfort of your own home.

So dim the lights, grab some snacks, and let the movie night begin, creating cherished memories and a special connection with your loved one.

9. Take a Hike

Find a nearby hiking trail and spend the day exploring nature together. Going on a hike for a date night is an exciting and adventurous way to connect with nature and each other.

Put on your hiking shoes, bring a full water bottle and snacks, and head outdoors.

As you walk along beautiful trails, you’ll breathe in fresh air, enjoy amazing views, and see the wonders of nature together. Hiking lets you have uninterrupted conversations, and peaceful moments, and feel proud when you reach scenic spots.

It’s a chance to take a break from busy daily life and fully enjoy the beauty around you.

So, hold hands with your partner, embrace the journey, and let nature’s calmness and the shared experience of hiking make your bond stronger on this memorable date night.

10. Attend a Free Museum or Art Gallery

Heading to a free museum as a date night is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in art, culture, and history without spending a dime. Many museums and art galleries offer free admission on certain days. Check their websites or call ahead to find out when you can visit for free.

Explore the exhibits hand in hand, taking in the beauty of paintings, sculptures, and artifacts. Let the museum transport you to different eras and ignite thought-provoking conversations as you admire the works of talented artists.

Free museums offer a chance to expand your knowledge, appreciate creativity, and connect on a deeper level. Take your time, appreciate the details, and enjoy the shared experience of exploring the treasures within the museum’s walls.

So, grab your partner’s hand, step into a world of wonders, and let the free museum date night inspire and enrich your relationship.

11. Volunteer Together

Engaging in volunteer work together as a date night is a beautiful way to make a positive impact on others while strengthening your bond as a couple. Find a local charity or organization that you’re both passionate about and spend an evening giving back to the community.

Whether it’s serving meals at a local shelter, participating in a beach cleanup, or assisting at a charity event, the act of selfless service can bring you closer as you work towards a common goal.

Volunteering allows you to see the world through a different lens, appreciate the blessings in your own lives, and create meaningful memories together.

As you contribute your time and efforts, you’ll not only make a difference in the lives of others but also deepen your connection with each other.

12. Go on a Scavenger Hunt

Create a scavenger hunt for your partner or participate in one organized by a local group or business. Embark on a thrilling adventure with a scavenger hunt as your date night activity.

Follow clues and solve riddles as you explore your city or neighbourhood together.

It’s a fun and interactive way to bond, create lasting memories, and discover hidden gems along the way.

13. Plan a DIY Spa Night

Create a relaxing and luxurious spa night at home by getting a DIY spa kit. Indulge in relaxation and pampering by creating your own spa night at home.

Set the mood with soothing music, dimmed lights, and scented candles.

Take turns giving each other massages, facials, or foot soaks.

It’s a perfect opportunity to unwind, rejuvenate, and show care and affection for one another.

14. Have a Karaoke Night

Release your inner superstar and let the music take center stage with a karaoke night. Whether you rent, purchase your own karaoke machine or use an app, belt out your favourite tunes together.

Singing together can be hilarious, entertaining, and a fantastic way to let loose and have a memorable time.

15. Take a Free Dance Class

Many dance studios offer free introductory classes. Put on your dancing shoes and take advantage of free introductory dance classes offered by local studios.

Explore different dance styles, learn new moves, and enjoy the rhythm of music together.

Dancing promotes physical activity, sparks joy, and provides a wonderful opportunity for connection and romance.

16. Play Mini-Golf

Tee off for a fun-filled date night at a mini-golf course. Putt your way through challenging obstacles, engage in friendly competition, and cheer each other on.

Mini-golf is a lighthearted activity that allows you to bond, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company in a playful and relaxed setting.

You can even make it a competition and keep score.

17. Have a DIY Paint Night

Unleash your creativity and have your own paint night at home. Set up a canvas, grab some brushes and paints, and let your imagination run wild.

Follow a tutorial, grab a painting kit, or create your own artwork side by side. Painting together encourages self-expression, fosters communication, and creates a beautiful shared experience.

18. Go Stargazing

Stargazing is a simple yet romantic date night idea that allows couples to slow down and appreciate the beauty of nature together.

Whether you’re sitting on a blanket in your backyard or hiking to a remote location away from city lights, stargazing offers a peaceful and intimate atmosphere.

With the help of a star chart or a stargazing app, you can identify constellations, planets, and shooting stars. You can also bring along some snacks, cozy blankets, and even a telescope to enhance the experience.

Stargazing encourages couples to unplug and be fully present at the moment, making it a perfect way to connect and strengthen your bond.

19. Attend a Free Outdoor Movie Screening

Going to an outdoor movie is a fun and romantic date night idea for couples. It offers the opportunity to enjoy a movie under the stars in a unique and cozy atmosphere.

Outdoor movie screenings are often held in parks or other open-air venues, creating a relaxing and casual environment.

Couples can bring their own blankets or chairs and pack a picnic to enjoy while watching the movie. This is a great way to spend quality time together without breaking the bank, as many outdoor movie screenings are free or have a low admission fee.

Many cities offer free outdoor movie screenings during the summer months. Check local event listings to see what’s playing near you.

20. Have a Board Game Night

Growing up, there were not many board games to play with only 2 people. These days, there are many games a couple can play together and enjoy some quality time at home.

You can pull out some of your favourite board games and spend the night playing together. You can also find new games to play. If you like to be more competitive, you can even make it a tournament and keep score.

Action Step

There’s no need to let a tight budget hinder your ability to enjoy special moments with your partner. With these 20 creative date night ideas for couples on a budget, you have a wealth of affordable options to choose from.

Whether it’s exploring your city, getting creative at home, or embracing the outdoors, remember that it’s the time spent together that truly matters.

So, go ahead and plan your next budget-friendly date night, and make sure to prioritize your relationship and keep the spark alive. Your wallet will thank you, and your love will flourish. Take action today and start creating unforgettable memories without breaking the bank!

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4 Biblical principles we can teach our teenagers

In the fast-paced and ever-evolving world we live in, guiding teenagers on the path of moral principles and values can be both challenging and crucial. How can we effectively teach them the timeless wisdom of the Bible while equipping them with the knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions? 

Join me as I speak to Natasha and we shed light on the art of biblical principles we can teach our teenagers. 

In this episode, we highlight the importance of setting healthy boundaries and consequences for teenagers. We stress the need to go beyond teaching isolated Bible verses and focus on their practical application in daily life. 

By helping our teens understand the reasons behind good choices and the consequences of poor decisions, we empower them to navigate the complexities of the modern world. 

Stick around as we share how we can equip ourselves with the tools to build a solid Biblical foundation in the lives of our teens, empowering them to make choices rooted in love, guided by God’s word.

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[00:02:45] Teaching kids about healthy boundaries and consequences, emphasizing the principle of love as the ultimate law.

[00:07:10] Teach children to love and protect by planting flowers and nurturing them to maturity. 

[00:09:38] Teaching children the truth of God’s word, and the dangers of making up rules based on feelings.

[00:14:05] Embracing boundaries can lead to freedom and enjoyment without worry.

[00:16:00] Teaching children about following Christ and being part of God’s family through everyday experiences and actions. 

[00:20:07] Teaching children to prioritize God and make wise choices.

[00:22:52] Biblical principles on sex education.

4 Biblical principles we can teach our teenagers

1. Principle of Love

Our kids get hurt and we don’t want to see our kids hurt. That is hard, we don’t want to see them get hurt, so we step in.

But, that is not always useful. We need to help our kids understand that they have choices, but they also have consequences.

Anything we do, we should do out of love. The ultimate principle is love. Because God says to love and Lord God with all your soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbour as yourself.

Putting God first

Since God loves us so much, we want to love God first. So this is our first order. So everything we choose to do in life is based on God’s principles.

If we don’t have that, how do we make choices in our life?

The first thing we have to do is explain what the principle of love means to our teenagers.

This principle protects and takes care of ourselves, and helps us grow to full maturity in all areas of life.

Love is not an emotion, it’s an action.

So if God says to love the Lord your God, all your hearts, all minds strengthen you as yourself, this is the first, biggest command.

Can we command an emotion?

How I asked my kids this or how do you teach your kids this day? You will go to school today and you will enjoy it. You can command your children to go to school, but you can’t command them to enjoy it.

We can’t command an emotion. So we get to choose to love ourselves.

Teach your children to love themselves

When we understand God’s principle of love, and that we can choose to love ourselves, it helps us in many areas.

We can use this principle when it comes to teaching our children about peer pressure and protecting themselves from STDs, unplanned pregnancies, alcohol, drugs, and everything else.

We do this by asking them if they are loving themselves.

Because when they are busy with other teenagers that are smoking, do you think somebody that smokes cares about their lungs? So if they don’t care about their own lungs, why do they care about yours?

That’s why God says to love your neighbour as yourself.

So we need to be clear as ourselves, meaning it’s first God, then you, and then your neighbour.

So if you don’t protect your lungs, you want to protect your friends.

So when you teach our kids this principle, we need to show them or that child loving himself, then we need to go out and teach them to encourage their friends to love themselves as well.

When your teenager comes home and tells you about friends that are doing certain things, you can ask: Do you think they love themselves? You can also ask: are they protecting themselves or do they make choices to keep themselves safe? Are they applying the principle of love?

We are encouraging our children to put things in proper order. It’s ok to love your friends, but first, you need to love God, then you need to love yourself, and then you can love your friends.

2. Principle that God’s word is true

We all know that knowledge is power. But, we can’t just read Bible verses and recite Bible verses. We need to apply that knowledge.

We can’t just teach our children the principles, we need to teach them why this principle is important.

If we don’t tell our kids the truth, they’re going to Google it. And they will find the answers.

But we need to teach our children that God’s word is true and it’s the standard to build everything else on.

When we follow Christ, the word doesn’t change. It’s the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. God is always the same. Even if the world is changing, God never does.

God’s love is like Gravity

One way I explain God’s love to people is by sharing with them the rules of gravity. The laws of gravity never change regardless of how you feel, where you are, or what is going on around you.

We can’t change the law of gravity, it’s a force outside of us.

The laws of gravity don’t change.

As parents, we may not understand exactly what our kids are going through because the world has changed so drastically since we were growing up.

But we can help our children focus on God and who He is, and the way He wants us to live our lives.

His laws and His character never change. So we don’t need to understand every single issue but when we know God, we can teach our children who God is, then that helps them apply God’s truth to the experiences they have.

3. God’s boundaries

God’s presence and His laws help us feel safe.

There have been studies done about boundaries. One of them included kids playing in a schoolyard that was fenced. The kids were able to see what was just over the face.

Over the fence was a big natural environment with big trees and stuff. So they took down the fence to give the kids a bigger area to play in.

Once they took down the fence, they found that the kids started to play closer to the building rather than further out. Because the boundary made them feel safe and they instinctively wanted to feel safe.

This study shows us that even if we think we have freedom, it isn’t free.

The safety of God’s boundary makes us free and then we are able to play and ve joy in our life.

So we can teach our children about God’s boundaries so that they embrace that safety that God gives us.

4. We are part of God’s Family

This principle is easiest to explain with a story.

We get to go to heaven because we are the children of God. God opens the door because He knows us.

How do we explain this to children?

When you go play outside with your friends and you go home and knock on the door and your dad opened the door. When he sees you, will he open the door? How will he know you?

You have his surname and your dad knows your name and we do things a certain way in our family. Because of this, your dad will open the door.

When a stranger knocks on your dad’s door, will he just open it and say come in? No?

Our kids need to understand that when we are part of God’s family, we do things a certain way because this is what our family does.

We serve God in everything we do and what we have in this life is enjoying all the benefits of being part of God’s family.

What we do reflects on our family and God, so we have to watch what we do, and how we act so our good actions reflect well on The Lord.

Our faith is a relationship with our Savior. It’s not just a few actual stuff that we do, it’s known by our actions, but because we love our Savior.

About Natasja

The Ultimate Secret to Raising well-balanced teens

Natasja is an experienced counsellor and coach. Throughout her career, she has specialized in working with children, adolescents, and families. She has developed expertise in teen-parent conflict resolution, especially in the context of healthy sexuality.

Her expertise is helping families cope with day-to-day challenges and discover answers by looking at life through the lens of simplicity.

Natasja works as a Family Counsellor in South Africa, registered as Advanced Religious Professional in Christian Pastoral Counselling.

Through her private practice, Natasja Visser Counselling Centre, Natasja developed, Let’s EXplain coaching program. The program assists parents and teenagers with practical guidance to navigate through a risky world filled with sexual imagery and sexual exploitations.

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The Ultimate Secret to Raising well-balanced teens

Are you a parent or guardian struggling to raise godly teenagers in this digital age? Do you wish you had access to practical advice and biblical principles to guide you through this challenging time? Click to learn the Ultimate Secret to Raising well-balanced Teens.

In this episode of The Christian Minute podcast, host Anne Markey sits down with Natasja Visser, a personal counsellor who works with families and teenagers, and shares some key biblical principles to help you raise your teenagers in a godly way. 

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  • 05:59- Raising Godly Teenagers in the Age of Technology
  • 11:46- Explaining God’s Principles to Our Kids
  • 14:04- Principle of “Easy now, hard later or hard now, easy later”
  • 17:47- Applying Principles to Parenting
  • 21:48- The Benefits of Delayed Gratification for Teenagers
  • 22:43- Teaching Biblical Principles and Reaping Consequences

The Ultimate Secret to Raising well-balanced teens

Understanding and Applying Biblical Principles

Principles are an essential aspect of our lives, whether we realize it or not. They are the foundation upon which we build our decisions, actions, and beliefs. 

When it comes to principles, there is no better source than the Bible. 

However, for many people, the idea of biblical principles can be intimidating and religious. So how do we explain these principles to our kids in today’s age?

The answer lies in the way Jesus explained things: through stories and parables. 

Explaining how biblical principles can be used in everyday life, in a way that is relatable and easy to understand.

Principles are actually scientific, much like laws. 

For example

The law of gravity is always on, regardless of whether we believe in it or not. If we climb on the roof of a house and jump, we won’t fly because gravity is on. In the same way, the principle of God applies in life because He is the Creator of the universe, and He has shown these principles in His creation and in the Bible.

God’s principles show up in all areas of life. People may think they have discovered something new or secret, but in reality, God has already created it. 

By understanding and applying these principles, we can make our lives easier and more fulfilling. 

For instance, if we understand the principle of gravity, we can make airplanes fly. If we apply God’s principles to our marriage, it can soar.

Teaching kids about biblical principles isn’t just about being religious or avoiding sin. It’s about showing them how to apply principles to their lives so they can have an easier and more fulfilling life. 

So, let’s help our kids understand and apply these principles to navigate life with ease and confidence!

Principle of: Easy, hard, hard, easy

The principle is this: easy now means hard later, but hard now means easy later.

It’s important to teach children about delayed gratification, which is a principle that applies in various areas of life.

For example:

If you have younger kids and you don’t want your kids to yell and scream and throw a tantrum, put on the TV or give them the chocolate they’re asking for and you give in. That’s easy because now they stop crying at the moment.

However, when that child becomes a teenager, it becomes challenging to give in to their demands all the time, and this can cause heartache for parents.

Principle of Sowing and Reaping

What we sow into our lives, we will eventually reap. But I want to take that principle a little bit further or a little bit deeper in the insight for us parents.

I get this a lot with parents that I work with in my office whose kids are sewing things in their lives, spending obscene amounts of money, making bad choices and all that. So they are sowing.

But then what do we do as parents? We come to jump in and reap what the kids have sown.

When we do this, we put our kids at a disadvantage. We need to teach our children the principles of life, that if they are late for school, you don’t jump in and fix that.

We need to let them suffer a bit. They learn that there are consequences and, they need to learn those principles.

When should we start teaching our kids these principles?

They are actually learning it from a very young age. When they start learning to walk, they try and stand up, but they fall and experience some pain. They get up and walk again, fall and get some pain. We can’t save them from that pain. Otherwise, they might never walk.

We should teach this to them in everyday life. Let them experience God’s principles. When our kids are listening to music, when they are watching TV, whatever they are busy with, we can teach God’s principles in everyday life.

And we can always bring The Bible into our teaching.

Start this as young as they are and in every kind of moment. But also at an age-appropriate level, because I think sometimes I’ll try to explain to them a concept, but it’s like they’re not old enough to fully understand that.

So being able to simplify biblical principles to teach the young ones and then walk with them as they’re learning it.

Teaching kids about forgiveness and consequences

Let me give you a quick example of how I taught my son and daughter some principles about God when they were young.

My son was installing something because, you know, boys love to play and tinker. He would sometimes get carried away and accidentally bump his sister or play too rough.

One day, they were playing dangerously on the trampoline and I had to intervene. I explained to my son that he could say sorry and his sister would forgive him, but the consequences of his actions would still be there.

Just like how God’s grace can forgive us for our sins, the consequences on Earth may still remain.

I think sometimes kids, and even adults, believe that everything will be fixed if they ask for forgiveness from God, but that’s not always the case. The consequences of our actions can still remain.

For example, if someone has a child outside of marriage, asking for forgiveness from God will not make the child disappear.

We can teach these principles to children as young as five, and continue to reinforce them as they grow older.

Conclusion

As parents, it’s really important to teach our children about values and principles. We need to show them that waiting for some things can be really worth it, and they’ll be happy they did later on.

There are some great ideas we can use to help them make good choices, like the ones from the Bible. These include things like waiting for good things to come, understanding that what we do now affects our future, and respecting God. These can help us in raising well-balanced teens.

About Natasja

Natasja is an experienced counsellor and coach. Throughout her career, she has specialized in working with children, adolescents, and families. She has developed expertise in teen-parent conflict resolution, especially in the context of healthy sexuality.

Her expertise is helping families cope with day-to-day challenges and discover answers by looking at life through the lens of simplicity.

Natasja works as a Family Counsellor in South Africa, registered as Advanced Religious Professional in Christian Pastoral Counselling.

Through her private practice, Natasja Visser Counselling Centre, Natasja developed, Let’s EXplain coaching program. The program assists parents and teenagers with practical guidance to navigate through a risky world filled with sexual imagery and sexual exploitations.

Check out her blog!  |  Connect on Youtube  Connect on Facebook

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