YES! YOU CAN RAISE GOOD, EVEN GODLY CHILDREN
Oh Yes, you can raise good, even godly children into adulthood. It may look like there’s no hope. You may feel like eventually, they will turn into monsters, but they don’t have to. And you don’t have to spend all of your time and energy trying to make them perfect. They will never be perfect but they can be good. They can even be godly. I’m going to give you 4 things you can do to help your children know and grow in God and this will help them as they go into their teen years and even into adulthood.
First, you can read to them. When I was pregnant with our first child I would read the Bible out loud. When they are young find good story books about the Bible and read to them. Read these books over and over again and talk to your child/children about each character you read about. Make it come alive to them. Take these books everywhere you go and let them look at the pictures if you can’t read it. I would take our books to church (we didn’t have a nursery) and our son would look at the pictures and you could tell he knew what was going on because I read and talked about it every time we sat down.
Second, download the Bible app on your phone and play it during the day while cleaning or in the car. Make it a habit for you to have the Bible reading going at least several times during the week. When I look back on our kids’ videos of when they were younger I always hear the Bible being read. It will get into their (and your) subconscious and one day when they need it, the right Word will be there for them to know and speak. I still do this when I’m home alone and cleaning or sometimes when I feel one of our children is about to make some wrong decision or just needs a boost in their spirit, I take the Bible reading and let it play in their room while they are at school. I fill our house and the atmosphere with the Word of God.
The third thing you can do is talk to them about God. Make it a daily thing just to mention things about the Lord to your children. I use to talk about the coming of the Lord to ours and one morning as we were driving to school our son (who was in kindergarten or 1st grade at the time) brought up the conversation, “That’s the direction that Jesus is coming back from, right mama!?” If you want your children to believe and not b ashamed then talk openly all of the time to them about the Lord.
Our fourth way to help your kids know God is to pray with them not just for them and not just “lay me down to sleep” prayers. Pray with them and have them pray also don’t always be the one praying, take turns. Make sure not to be too repetitious in your praying and let it come from the heart. Teach them to thank God for what He has done for them, their family, friends and for what He has brought them through. Then you can ask. If you teach your children that God heals then make sure if they are sick or hurt that you pray out loud with them so that they know that should be the first place to go, God! If you don’t make Him a priority then neither will your children, if you don’t pray and believe in front of your children then why should they believe?
These are just four easy ways to help reassure your children have a head start in being good, godly children, teens, and adults. If you “practice what you preach” so to speak then so will they. Make God the center of your family and use every opportunity to include Him in teaching your children little, everyday life lessons. We really do teach by our actions. You can do this, if I can anyone can.
Train up a child in the way he should go……