Have you given any thought about the spiritual things you would like your children to know as little kids? Don’t feel bad if you haven’t. The truth of the matter is that a lot of families don’t focus on this because they believe that their children are “too young”. But I have a strong conviction that it is never too early to start instilling a Christian lifestyle to our littles.
In today’s post, I’m sharing four basic faith based principles to teach your children at any early age. And if your kids are a little older, don’t worry, it’s not too late to starting teaching them these principles!
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WORSHIP IS A LIFESTYLE
Worship should not be restricted only to a church building. It happens at home, at school, at the store; it happens everywhere. We need to teach our children that when we leave the church building, we don’t leave our worship there. We take it with us wherever we go and we worship our Savior at all times. Creating an atmosphere of worship at home is a great way to educate them on that. Set the tone for the day by listening to music throughout the morning as you get stuff done around the house and even as you homeschool. If you are not a homeschooling momma, try putting on worship music while they get ready for school and when they get home in the afternoons.
PRAYER IS SIMPLY A CONVERSATION
I can’t tell you how many times I have worked with youth that feel like they don’t know how to pray because they were never taught how to. To many, this may seem like just common sense but when we don’t instill the habit of prayer in our children at an early age, when they get older, they won’t have an idea of how to start and how to do it. As simple as praying can be, we still need to educate our littles and teach them that praying is simply a conversation with our heavenly Father. If you haven’t already, start praying with your littles every night before bed and in the morning. Have them lead a prayer before dinner time. When we have family prayer time, I normally have one of the girls lead us in prayer and we repeat what they pray for them. We then praise them so they know they did an awesome job praying in whatever way they did and we go on with our own prayer.
HAVE DEVOTIONAL TIME
I’m a huge advocate for having devotional time with kids at a really early age. When my oldest was just months old, my husband bought her a Spanish bible for kids and I would read it to her everyday. Now, both her and my middle child, grab their own bibles and skim through the pages when I’m not reading it myself to them. They also have the bible for kids app on their tablets which is extremely interactive and keeps their attention for a long time. I know sometimes it can seem like they aren’t even paying attention, but when we read the bible to them early on, we are feeding their spirits and as they continue to grow, they grasp onto to that enjoy reading it on their own.
GOD IS OUR HEAVENLY FATHER
I strongly believe that it is vital to show our children that God is our Father in heaven. When they know that he is a Father to us, not only will they treat Him with honor and respect, but when they get older, they will see Him as such in the middle of harsh circumstances. I pray this is not your case, but the reality of life is that some children grow up without a Father in their life so knowing that God is not only our creator, but our Father, can help guide them in life and fill that void of being what the world would call a “fatherless” child. And even for those children that do have a father present in their life, it’s still important to know this concept because in life, they will go through things that they may not understand. But when they do understand that God is their Father, they can understand that nothing they go through is in vain, because a Father always watches over us, and that is what God does. He watches over there, he guides them, and he protects them. Enlighten them with that! They need to know this truth.
TRAIN A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO, AND EVEN WHEN HE IS OLD HE WILL NOT TURN AWAY FROM IT.PROVERBS 22:6
The Bible itself tells us that we should train a child, meaning, teach them from when they are young and when they grow older, they will hold onto those teachings and live according to what they learned growing up. These four principles are extremely basic principles and ones that you can teach them by example. Ultimately, they will learn by watching you model it for them.
What principles are you instilling in your children?
Let me know down in the comments!