In a recent series at church, our pastor taught on the greatest gift we can bestow upon our children…”The Blessing.” He spoke on ways to work through things we may or may have not received from our parents and how to bless our own children. Simple really, but sometimes the words may not come as easily as they should. What our children really need to hear is that we LOVE them and that we are PROUD of them. No. matter. what. And even more importantly, they need to know the love of the one true God. They need to know about the relationship our God longs to have with each and every one of us. God’s Word can be misunderstood as a book of rules, but it’s real message is RELATIONSHIP.
“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”Dueteronomy 6:7
Teaching our children should be part of our everyday life, not just during church or family devotions. While family devotion time is an excellent idea, if we are not living what we are teaching, we will just push our children away from God instead of drawing them nearer. Teaching them as we walk in the way will keep it fresh and natural instead of forced and uncomfortable.
I love what our pastor said about this, “You know what’s so special about sitting, walking and lying down? NOTHING!!” Just being a godly example to our children can have the biggest impact on them!
Incorporate it into your daily life, make it fun, be the example of love and relationship.
This knowledge has caused us to relax more in our family devotion time. We have mixed it up more, by reading from the Bible one day, a picture book another day or watching JellyTelly Videos, etc. Just making it fun!!
These are some of our favorite books and resources that we have been using as we “walk by the way.”
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