S Is for Spiritual Investment
--filling their hearts with spiritual truths.
Sharing scripture builds a common faith foundation. Talk about verses that impact your life. Let your children know how God’s Word really guides your life. This lets children see your commitment to God and them. A strong faith foundation helps child feel assured eternally and that builds confidence.
Do faith together. So often parents drop children off to a child’s class or service and go on to their own adult services. At home, share what you each learned. Schedule time to discuss a Bible verse or do family devotions. Pray and thank God together.
Start with meal prayers or a simple prayer before leaving home and build on that to pray for one another’s needs and praise God for the prayer answers. Keep a family prayer journal with notes on how God responded.
Make sure holidays are also celebrated as Holy Days. Take time to read the Bible narratives, discuss the importance of the season. Enjoy movies and songs that celebrate the occasion. Do something to serve other people together such as buying gifts for the poor or feeding the homeless.
It adds a connection to the desire of Jesus that we love one another when we reach out together as a family. These activities reinforce the importance of faith and help children develop a biblical world view.
Filliig a child’s heart helps the child and also blesses the whole family. Everyone needs these treasures at all ages. When we fill our children’s hearts as they grow, we usually find they reciprocate and fill our hearts too.
Family members tend to remain close when they have hearts filled with love without competition. Filling hearts early plants deep and lasting roots. That keeps a family strong and close.
Karen Whiting, author of twenty-six books, international speaker, and mother of five grown children writes to encourage families. Her latest book 52 Weekly Devotions for Families Called to Serve makes family faith time doable while nurturing servant hearts in children.
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