Honestly, the first time I held my first born baby I didn’t have any forethought of what kind of legacy I was going to leave him. I didn’t feel any weight of what values or spiritual truths I wanted to pass on. I certainly didn’t envision what life would be like for him in 18 years. Nope, all I could think about was what I was going to order to eat because it had 24 hours since I had anything in my stomach.
Deep thinking isn’t my thing, apparently. Not like it is for Sally. Her story, in The Lifegiving Home, of how she felt and the thoughts she had when she held her first born made me feel like I was doing something wrong. Am I a terrible mother for not thinking this way? What kind of Christian mother am I?!
But then I brought that up to my small group as we went through the book together, thankfully everyone else didn’t have the same thoughts as Sally either. So if you’re like us, you are not a terrible mother. If you didn’t think about the legacy of faith of you were going to be passing down to that baby as soon as he was placed into your arms, you aren’t a lost cause.
Thankfully, we have Sally’s wisdom and ideas on how we can go about passing down our faith to the next generation.
Spirituality can be as natural as the air a child breathes if parents are willing to be creative, flexible, and intentional. LGH p. 104
Our children are going to learn more from us through our actions, our priorities, our traditions than they are from the words we say. We can take them to church, but who we are at home is what they are going to follow when it’s time for them to decide for themselves if they are going to keep the faith or forsake it.
You have to be intentional about everything in your home if you want your children to love God more than you do. They aren’t going to wake up one morning as a 20-year-old kid and decide to go to church if you haven’t made God big in their world growing up.
I think we can all agree that we want more for our children than what we have or who we are. We want them to love God more, to do big and great things for His kingdom, and to have a closer walk with the King than we have.
How does that happen?
Make faith the air they breathe growing up.
Wrap everything, every circumstance, every tradition around Jesus Christ.
Start your own day with time with God.
Your kids should see you make your own walk with God a priority. They should know that Bible reading and prayer is not something you stop doing. Through your example, your kids are seeing that this faith thing is real. Talk about what you’re reading, learning, studying. Share prayer requests and answered prayers. Make this faith thing real in their lives.
Family devotions don’t have to be hard or elaborate. Especially with young children, but we should start the habit of talking about and reading the Bible together. Make it as natural as breathing.
Memorize Scripture together.
Teach them from a young age that hiding God’s Word in their heart is important. It’s always fun to be able to quote a verse by heart when you need it in the moment, doing so inadvertently shows that the Bible is applicable to any of our situations.
Saturate their lives with Scripture. Through family devotions, memorization, books you read, music you listen to, movies you watch, the reason you give for certain house rules and the decorations in your house. Fill your walls with inspirational verses and quotes. Make faith so natural they wouldn’t know what to do without it. Make Christ the focal point in everything, every decision, every triumph.
Sally and her husband wrote another book titled Our 24 Family Ways: A Family Devotional Guide. In it, they list 24 values they wanted to develop as part of their family culture. 24 values that are rooted in Scripture that guided their children’s choices. This would be a great resource to get you started with leaving a legacy of faith for your children and your grandchildren.
- Read the April chapter.
- Play soft, worship music every day this month.
- Hang up some Scripture verses, you can find so many printables on Pinterest!
- Start making your personal devotions happen each morning.
Your turn! How are you going to saturate your home with your faith this new year? Let’s share some ideas in the comments below!
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