One of the most important roles we play as parents is as the spiritual guide for our children. We’ve found a few simple ways to bring our faith in Jesus in to our children’s lives that I’m sharing with y’all today. We are far from having it all figured out and are still learning so much about every aspect of parenting. For our children to know Jesus at a young age and grow up with a strong faith is our constant prayer and highest goal. If you are of a similar mindset, here are a few simple ways to bring Jesus in to your child’s daily routine.
Five Simple Ways to Bring Jesus in to Your Child’s Daily Routine:
1) Pray with your kids before nap, meals, and at night.
We want our kids to know how important and personal talking to God is in daily life. We pray together at every meal, all holding hands as a family. We also pray with our little ones before nap and bed. With the Bear, we started asking him what he wanted to pray for a few months ago and are always surprised with what he has to say. Sometimes it is so sweet as he thanks God for his friends and his sister by name, other times it is more like Brick in Anchorman thanking God for everything he can see in his room. “Thank you God for lamp…” Every time it is a sweet conversation between our little man and his Creator.
2) Pray with your kids for others.
I created little “prayer pots” for both kids with the names of our family and ministries we pray for written on popsicle sticks. We use these mini clay pots. Bear gets to pull out a few to pray for when we brush teeth in the morning and at night. We pull one out to pray with the Pearl Girl and let her hold it while we pray. It is simple and straightforward, but they love it. Well, PG is more concerned with chewing on the popsicle stick, but Bear really loves it. We want them to love God and love others, so praying for others is a natural part of that goal.
3) Read the bible to your kids.
The Jesus Storybook Bible is our go to for bringing the bible in to our kid’s lives, but we also love to read books about Jesus. I love the way it puts scripture in to words kids can understand without dumbing it down. It also points every story towards Jesus, which scripture so clearly does. I get something out of it every time we read it. We plan to give the Bear another children’s bible for his 3rd birthday.
4) Tell them how God feels about them.
We tell our kids that God loves them every single day. Before nap and at night we tell them that Jesus loves most of all. We sing “Jesus Loves Me” and “Jesus Loves the Little Children” using their names in the songs. They’ve heard the songs thousands of times and I hope and pray their little ears really hear the words. We also sing songs like “This is the Day that the Lord has Made” throughout the day with our kids. The Bear loves to sing and PG thinks it is hilarious. I love the kid’s praise station on Pandora, or you can find some great worship music for kids on Amazon.
5) Bring them to others to hear about Jesus.
My kids have other people sharing Jesus with them every week at BSF, MOPS, and our church. These other voices are SO important in forming their early view of God. The BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) children’s program is so phenomenal. They use songs to teach even the youngest kids scripture and real biblical truth. It is priceless. The Bear’s first memory verse was, “And Jesus said, Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” So perfect, as it is his name verse.
How do you incorporate your faith in to your daily life and that of your children?
Read more about Simple Ways to bring Jesus in to Your Marriage here. You can read about how we celebrate Advent with our kids here, and our favorite Christmas traditions here. Here’s one way to teach your children about Easter.