A Year in Homemaking: Viewing Our Children as Disciples {Week 37}

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I am a mom of six kids from ages 16 to 4. Through the years, I have had the blessing of learning from other moms, as well as learning from my own mistakes. I have had amazing role models who have showed me the importance of training your children in the ways of the Lord.

As a young mom, I took my kids to the programs at church whenever the doors were open. I prayed at mealtime and bedtime with them. I personally spent time reading Gods word daily. Shouldn’t that be enough? Well, it is enough if your desire is to raise a pharisee.

These are all good “things” to do with your children. Do them. However, we need to aim a little higher if we want our children to walk with the Lord and endure to the end.  We need to be intentional with the way we parent and teach our children.

Ephesians 64Why is it important for us to train our children? Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:4 all explain this principle clearly.

When we think about training our children in the ways of the Lord, my husband and I view raising our children as the same as discipling them. It is our desire that they would grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Here are some practical ways we disciple our kids:

  • Daily Bible time (going through a book of the Bible or a basic theology book). We are currently finishing Bruce Ware’s book “Big Truths for Young Hearts“.  We have also recently studied “The Cross Centered Life” By CJ Mahaney
  • If you are able to read in our house, you are on a plan to read through the Bible.
  • Our children are surrounded with good Biblical worship music. Sovereign Grace and Shai Linne are some of our favorites.
  • As soon as our children can talk they are taught basic scripture.  This is then used in training them for obedience.
  • We regularly read Bible stories to our littles from “The Jesus Storybook Bible”.  It is the best children’s Bible we have found.
  • We pray with our children at bedtime and meals, and often during the day.
  • We seek out missional opportunities for our children to help others; raising money for missionaries, helping older members of the church or any opportunity to serve others.
  • We are affectionate with our kiddos. We are huggers, and sometimes we all just need a hug!
  • We try to be doers of the word and not merely hearers.

This is a quick list of some of the things we do regularly with our kids. Most importantly I want to show my kids how awesome God is, and that Jesus Christ is my only hope! He is all I have. I take every opportunity to let them see me learning from God’s word or seeing me worship the Lord.  I try to model kindness and grace to them.

Of course, I am a miserable sinner, and I fail often. So, I think the important lesson is to keep trying to show them Christ. Take your kids to God’s word; it never dissapoints!

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