Training Up A Godly Child | Part 5

Training Up A Godly Child | Part 5

Sep 30

The Consistencies Of Our Walk As Parents

We have mentioned some heavy topics this week as we have talked about the fact that how we live our Christian life will impact our children’s walk and faith in God. We discussed how we handle stress and difficulty will make evident what we believe.  One thing that we do which will impact our faith when we hit those difficulties, and that is how we live out our walk daily.  Do we take the time to study God’s word, spend time in prayer, and serve others?  These small things that we do daily are practice and exercise for our spiritual muscles for when the difficulties hit.  Not only that but they put consistently Godly habits in front of our children.

As children get older it may be easier for children to listen to the wisdom and advise of their parents when they know, even subconsciously, that they are daily in the word of God.  One thing that will forever be burned into my memory was seeing both my parents in God’s word daily.  Whether it was my dad in his green chair before we woke up or seeing my moms Bible and prayer journal out when we got home from school.  It is a great reminder to this day of how important it is to be studying God’s word daily.

 

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Training Up A Godly Child | Part 4

Training Up A Godly Child | Part 4

Sep 29

Training Through Difficult Times

Yesterday we discussed how we handle family conflict will teach volumes to our children about God, we will continue on that vein today.  What if we take that concept a step further and talk about very difficult situations? We all have things or will have things in our lives that are very difficult. Psalm 23:4 reminds us, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. “  This means that we will all face difficulties but God’s promise is that He will be there with us and will comfort us.  These real life situations are some of the most impactful things that teach children about God and what it means to have a relationship with Him.

Many today are facing financial difficulties, job difficulties and even illness.  How we handle these situations reveal who we trust.  Do we trust in ourselves, our government, our spouse, or our God?

Take the time to pray with your children about the difficult circumstance, if appropriate. Be open and honest about your faith in God through the circumstance. Maybe even make a chart or poster to write up the small miracles or prayers that God is answering through the difficulty.  Choose to live out the fruit of the Spirit which we talked about yesterday, especially joy and peace through the difficulty.  Allow God to use this to impact your children’s life.

 

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Training Up A Godly Child | Part 3

Training Up A Godly Child | Part 3

Sep 28

 Training Through Family Conflict

How we handle things is indicative of what we believe.  Because children pick up on everything that we do, are we modeling how we handle family as if we believe in Christ? An illustration that has always stuck with me was the reminder that when a toothpaste tube is squeezed toothpaste comes out.  May seem like an obvious statement but the same is true of us, when we are squeezed or put under pressure what we truly believe, or what is on the inside, comes out.

Family is the place were some of us are squeezed but also where we let our hair down so who we really are is evident.  Ask yourself if that is the case what are my children truly seeing? Are they seeing someone who handles marital/family conflict with grace, self-control, patience, kindness, gentleness and love? Or do they see someone who is focused on getting their own needs met?

It is very convicting to read Galatians 5:22-26 and apply it to family conflict or difficulties.  Am I the one bringing Joy and Peace into my home even if there are difficulties?  These are the areas that speak volumes to our children about what it means to have a relationship with God; when our family looks different from the world not only on the outside but even behind closed doors.

 

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Training Up A Godly Child | Part 2

Training Up A Godly Child | Part 2

Sep 27

Being Consistent with What Your Teaching and How You Are Living

Something that children are well equipped to spot is inconsistencies.  It was amazing working in the residential program with the middle schoolers.  I learned very quickly, I had to be very consistent in not only what consequence I gave out but even how I gave it out.  If there were differences day to day or child to child the children picked up on it.  How much more do our children pick up when we are teaching a truth or command from the Bible and we ourselves are not following it.

This is one of those areas that can end up being very detrimental to our child’s walk with God.  As our children grow if they are continually seeing inconsistencies with what we are teaching from the Bible and how we are living, they will assume we do not truly believe it ourselves.

We need to be very aware of our actions and choose to make sure that our actions are matching up with what we are teaching.  If we are teaching about patience, use that opportunity with the difficult person at the store or while driving to set the example for your kids.  If you make a mistake then use that as well, apologize and teach your children through your mistake.

 

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Training Up A Godly Child | Part 1

Training Up A Godly Child | Part 1

Sep 26

Why Choose to Disciple?

There is honestly nothing that we can do that has a bigger impact on our child’s life then discipling, or mentoring, them in their walk with Christ.  The thought of this may intimidate some parents because they feel unequipped to disciple their child. This may be the reason so many just rely on the church children’s ministry or youth group to do it.  The thing that we need to realize is that this is something that we actually do everyday, maybe with out even knowing it.

We have said many times before our children watch our every move.  The are intuitive studiers of their parents.  Our Christian walk is no different.  How we live out our relationship with Jesus will impact our children.  It may even determine whether or not our children see Christianity as merely a religion, something that is a Sunday ritual, or a living and active relationship with a God who is lovingly pursuing us.

We are going to spend this week discussing and looking at this concept more closely.  Take the time to read Deuteronomy 6:5-9 and process what it means for your life and your family.

 

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