If it’s not one thing, it’s a mother – my sister and I jokingly whisper this phrase to one another – with maybe a hint of sarcasm in our voice but always with a genuine affection for the mom we ADORE. We’re too old to roll our eyes at mom so we’ve invented clever things to say that have the same effect. I’m kidding. My mom is great. In fact, she is the reason I believe I can do this things called 'motherhood!'
If there's one thing my mom taught me, it's that we CAN train our children in the Word without them thinking everyday is a Sunday School!
Our efforts must be MODELED.
Quite simply, if we want our childrent to fall in love with the word of God, WE must be in love with it. If we want our children to be selfless and serve people, WE must do so first. The first step in leading our children to a deeper faith is to let them see it in us. We cannot lead our kids to a place we've never been...
Our efforts must be BIBLICAL.
I always use the example of moms who say things like, "God doesn't like little boys who lie..." Ugh. That couldn't be further from the truth yet as moms, we say things like that all the time when we're trying to teach our kids how to act. God hates SIN and lying (or whatever else) is a sin. God loves US. When we teach our kids about spiritual things we must be careful to use the Bible accurately rather than twist it to say what we want our kids to hear. Trust me, the Word of God will stand on its own. You don't need to manipulate it or 'dumb it down.'
Our efforts must be PRACTICAL.
Make the use of scripture common and familiar to your kids. And make it an everyday thing in your world. Eating pretzels? Ask your kids what makes the pretzel good... they'll say salt. Talk about what the Bible says about the Believer being 'salt of the earth' (Mt. 5) -- Use examples, colorful examples! Make sure they are relevant to your child's world. Talk about the Bible often but make sure life experiences help them connect the dots
Our efforts must be REINFORCED.
This is my favorite step. Don't assume our kids see the goodness of God. Did you pray for a buyer for the house? When it happens, remind your children of your prayer and of God's provision. Even the Father did this with his own people. Remember the references to "I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?...I brought you out of Egypt...I did this...and that...and rescued you...and delivered you..." Make sure they see it. Teach them to look for it. Moms, we find what we're looking for!
Training your kids in the Word of God is not hard. It does require you to be intentional. And a bit creative. Is it worth it? I say yes. There are thousands of messages in this world fighting for the attention of my kids. Let's commit to do whatever it takes to put the Word in front of them -- closer and louder and more often than any of those other negative things!
If it's not one thing, it's a MOTHER.
Blessings to the moms. Let's do this!