We all want to raise good kids. We want our children to be kind and compassionate, loving and forgiving.
How in the world do we teach them these things??? From my experience, we simply cannot do it on our own. But we can point them to the One who is good, just, and perfect!
Here are just a few tangible practices that I have found helpful in attempting to draw our little children closer to God.
1. Pray… for yourself. Let’s face it. There is no way that we can show the love of God to our children 24/7 without His help! There are way too many tantrums, spilled glasses of milk, and altercations between siblings to keep us from losing our head in our own humanness. In addition to praying fervently for our children, we also need to pray that we can be the parents God has called us to be!
My favorite prayer lately has been adapted from Romans 8:11. “Lord, the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is living inside of me this very minute. Surely you, Oh God, can help me handle this (tantrum, fight, vomit-fest) with grace and love!”
Talk to God throughout the day. Although I think it is still beneficial to have a chunk of time dedicated to prayer during the day (like in the morning or right before bed), I’ve found it’s essential to pray ‘breath prayers’ throughout the day (which often are uttered more like pleas for help).
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