3. Teach Them the Power of Prayer
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Your child can miss life to the full if he or she is full of stress, anxiety, or fear.
Stress and fear come when we find ourselves unable to control our situations or schedules. Or when we bathe a situation in our minds with a number of “what ifs.” While some believe fear is natural for children, it’s natural for adults, too, if we’re not looking to a supernatural God.
Philippians 4:6-7 tells us “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (NLT).
When your children see you taking matters of concern to God in prayer, and then not just acknowledging but celebrating God’s answers and provision, they can become individuals who incorporate prayer into their lives as well.
A person who prays doesn’t stress. A person who prays isn’t anxious. A person who prays experiences peace. First John 4:18 says, “Perfect love drives out fear.” Teach your children to love God perfectly and where there is perfect love, there is absolute trust and no room for worry or fear.
4. Give Them Weekly Family Time
My friend, Connie, who has two daughters, ages 10 and 7, told me that she and her husband, Tyler, are deliberate and intentional in how they spend time with their children so they can pass on the perspectives, attitudes, and principles that will bring them not only Jesus, but a more fulfilling life:
“We have been drawn to be mindful of our time and intentional with it,” Connie said.
One of the ways they do that is by being creating meaningful time together as a family. “Whether it happens organically or is planned out, we make time to play games and have fun some way all together as a family. Saturday, we picked up a family movie we knew the kids would enjoy and made pizzas at home and cuddled up on the couch in the living room for the evening.”
They also practice daily table time. “For us it's usually breakfast and dinner in this work-from-home season that Tyler's in,” Connie said. “We sit and have conversations, asking one another questions. In the morning, we usually read a devotional or we bring God into whatever we've begun to talk about.
"At dinner, we chat some more. We keep a jar of topics and if someone wants to pull from there, we ask the question and go around the table and answer. For example, Monday Emma decided to grab one from the jar and it said 'fear' so we all talked about what we fear. Sometimes it's listing things we're grateful for. I enjoy letting it happen organically.”
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