TEACH GOD’S WORD
As a young mom, I became burdened with my responsibility as a parent to teach our children the truth of God’s Word, the foundation of who we are. I wanted to be diligent as well as implement something into our daily lives, where we read God’s Word and had a time of prayer.
When my children were younger, I knew that my husband often had meetings or needed to travel, so I began the nightly routine around reading the Bible and praying with our children. For the first few years, we used The Action Bible. Then as they got older, we began reading different books of the Bible.
In October 2012, I was challenged to begin reading through the Bible with them from Genesis to Revelations, which we did and finished four years and three months later. The next day, we all agreed, “It is time to begin in Genesis again and work our way through the Bible!”
Teaching the truth of God’s Word cannot be limited to our family devotions.
God’s Word is and has to be our foundation, and therefore, we have to be proactive at taking any and every opportunity that we can in every day life to teach God’s Word as well.
LIVE IT OUT
I cannot only teach the importance of loving God and others, trusting Him in every circumstance, serving others, forgiving those who have hurt me, and other truths from God’s Word. I have to live it out in front of them.
Parents, we have to live it out – God’s Word – so that our children see Christ in us.
EQUIP YOUR CHILDREN
Now, comes the part where we have to equip our children to do exactly the same. I want to see my children digging into God’s Word for themselves, but I cannot make them do it.
Equipping is a process. It doesn’t happen in a day. It takes time, love, and patience as we equip them to build their own firm foundation on God’s Word.
Thankfully, I don’t have to feel burdened that I “might be” missing or forgetting something, because as I remain faithful to teach God’s Word, live it out, and equip my children to do the same, God uses my life (and other fellow believers) as a living testimony.
Parents, we have to equip our children to study God’s Word and live it out for themselves.
Produces leaders, not followers. – Craig Groeschel
We empower people [our children] through clarity and trust. We must be clear on the what and the why, but not the how. Trust those you empower with the how. – Craig Groeschel
When you delegate tasks, you create followers, but when you delegate authority, you create leaders. – Craig Groeschel
Making decisions is a part of being a driver as well as part of in every daily life. Now is the time to make wise decisions. – Mike Goddard
Parents, we have to empower our children to be leaders – to make their own decisions and pray that those decisions are wise ones and line up with the truth of God’s Word.
Build your foundation on Christ and His Word! Teach it to your children, live it out in front of them, and equip them in order to empower them to do the same.
As a mom for 25 years who continues to raise young children and love her young adults, September imparts words of wisdom and grace in key areas of Christian parenting, including faith, education, and relationships. Buy “Why Motherhood Matters“ today. #whymotherhoodmatters