Monday, June 23, 2014

Filling Your Child's Spiritual Cup

Our children need Jesus just as much as we do. At their age, though, they may not understand this and they will need our guidance. We have to teach our children how to pray and read daily (check out tips here on creating a schedule for devotionals!). They need their spiritual cup filled daily, just as we do. Here are a few ways we can fill them up.

Read to them from God's word daily
Make reading God's word a priority in your home. If you don't want to follow a devotional, just pick a book from the Bible and read that through. Discuss the scripture you read and perhaps memorize verses together.

Talk about God
Deuteronomy 6:7 is such a wonderful verse on teaching your child about God. It tells us to teach our child about God and His Word diligently, when you are sitting in your house, when your walking, when you lay down and when you get up. If your child is gazing into the sky, picking creatures out of the clouds, talk about how wonderful it is that God created the clouds. If you are feeling down, tell your children that you are feeling a little down, but isn't it so wonderful how God still loves us and He wants to help us during these times. Start a discussion about missionaries past and present and how exciting it must be to share God's word with people who have never heard it before. As you are driving in your car, instead of turning up the Frozen soundtrack (not that we do that or anything ;) ) tell them the story of the three Hebrew boys and how incredibly brave they were to stand up for God. Start the discussions about God and you will be amazed at how quickly they will began to notice God in the everyday.
 "And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." Deuteronomy 6:7 

Listen to uplifting music
I just confessed our love for the Frozen soundtrack above. While we enjoy silly songs and clean, fun music, I make sure that they hear plenty of uplifting songs as well. We enjoy listening to Contemporary Christian, Worship songs, Southern Gospel, Hymns at church, and Bluegrass Gospel (we love a variety of music around here!). Just today I smiled as my four year old sat playing Lego's and belted out the chorus of Glorious Day from Casting Crowns. It made my mama heart happy to hear him lifting up the Lord in song!

These are just a few tips on filling your child's spiritual cup. I would love to hear the ways you implement Deuteronomy 6:7 into your daily life!

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