Last week, I got to worship with 700+ youth and adults. It was overwhelming, amazing and loud. This mother’s heart moved with a deep longing to see my children worship so boldly. This world is uncertain. It is ever changing and challenging. I pray with my children will grow up knowing who they are and whose they are. I pray they will stand, lifting hands high and singing as these youth did…
“I believe in God our Father
I believe in Christ the Son
I believe in the Holy Spirit
Our God is three in one
I believe in the resurrection
That we will rise again
For I believe in the Name of Jesus”
(This I Believe (The Creed) by Hillsong)
How do I play a part in helping my children grow up knowing, believing and standing in faith?
- I pray. – I pour my heart out to Jesus. I share my hopes and dreams and fears. Jesus knows them before I speak. Naming them and speaking them out loud is a way of offering them to Jesus and trusting him with them.
- I read God’s Word in scripture. – It is here that I find encouragement, truth and strength. I am reminded who God is and who I am in Him.
- I worship in community. – The power of the Spirit is strong and mighty when we gather together to worship our God. I am filled and renewed and strengthened in ways that words can not express.
Deuteronomy 4-9 says,
“Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
How important are these words? Again a few chapters later in Deuteronomy 11:18-21 we read,
“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors.”
How does our family build a strong foundation of faith for our children?
- We pray together. – Brian and I do our best to model for our children a life of prayer. Listening to our children pray touches our hearts in deep ways. I can only imagine how it touches the heart of God.
- We read God’s Word together. – We want our children to know the history of God’s people, the promises God has for us and the love, hope and life we have in Jesus. This world can be hard, but Jesus tells us himself, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
- We worship together in community. – “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20) Sunday morning worship is a priority for our family. We want our children to be encouraged and strengthened by the power of the Spirit amidst God’s people. We want to give our children opportunity to learn, grow and worship God with other believers. If we do not, our world will teach them to worship and love other things.
Through predictable patterns of prayer, scripture and worship, our children will have a strong foundation of truth and faith. I pray that this foundation will strengthen them for their future and lead them always to Jesus, no matter what the world brings their way.