10. Teach (and Practice) Spiritual Disciplines
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For most of my Christian life, the answer to every problem was, “read your bible and pray more.” Most Christians believed if I did more, God would do more. But that’s not how Christianity works. God longs for our presence, not just our behaviors. If they are engaging in behaviors to get close to Him, that is one thing. However, if they are doing them to get God to do what they want Him to do, it won’t work.
Spiritual disciplines are ways in which we connect with God. Most of these disciplines involve dying to self rather than viewing God as a genie in a bottle. Fasting, silence, and solitude are three ways we can get close to God in addition to reading the word and praying. When kids understand who God is in a way that requires them to die to themselves, his/her relationship with you will strengthen, because I as a parent am the physical example of God as their parent. The more I teach them how to get close to him, the more they will want to get close to me, too.
Watching kids grow up is far from easy. At times it can be downright gut-wrenching. But because my role in their lives is changing doesn’t mean it is over. If I can shift my role from teacher and matriarch to guide and listener, I can enjoy this new chapter as much as when they were young.
Michelle S. Lazurek is an award-winning author, speaker, pastor's wife and mother. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children's Book of the Year and the Enduring Light Silver Medal, she is a member of the Christian Author's Network and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Her first book with Leafwood Publishers, An Invitation to the Table, came out September 2016. She also teaches at various writers' workshops, such as the Montrose Christian Writers conference. She and her husband live in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, with their two children, Caleb and Leah. For more information, please visit her website at michellelazurek.com.
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