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5 Ways to Introduce Your Child To Jesus

As a Christian parent, you desire for your children to know Jesus and to come to their own acceptance of Him as their Savior.

But how do you actually do that?

Here are 5 ways to introduce your child to Jesus:

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1. Spend time as a family reading the Bible

Your children need to understand just how important the Bible is.  If you never spend time reading it, they will not have any reason to believe it is important.  How can they know the truth about Jesus if they do not ever hear it being purposely taught by mom and dad?

If you don’t know where to start, try these suggestions for Bible Time with toddlers and preschoolers.

 

2. Be faithful to church

Do you want your kids to understand how important Jesus is?  Show them!  Make the effort to get up and go to church every time the doors are open.

If your children constantly see you skipping church because there’s a ball game or because you stayed up too late socializing on Saturday night or because some friends invited you to the lake on Sunday, you’re sending a loud message to them that Jesus isn’t really all that important.

 

3. Pray with them

Show your children that you have a personal relationship with Jesus by talking to him at regular intervals throughout the day.  If you want them to believe that he can be their best friend, they need to see that he is your best friend.

Did you lose your keys?  Stop and pray together, asking the Lord to help you find them.
Does your child have a tummy ache?  Stop and pray together, asking the Lord to help your child feel better.
Did you find your keys or is your child feeling better?  Stop and thank God together for answering prayer.

 

4. Talk about him throughout the day

Deuteronomy 6:7-9, speaking of the commandments of God, tells us that we should  “…teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”

In other words, talking about the Bible should be integrated into every part of our day.  Christian parents should always be looking for opportunities to teach their children the Word of God.  When you eat, you can teach them that Jesus is the Bread of Life.  When they do wrong, you can teach them what sin is and why they need a Savior.  When they have a problem, you can teach them to trust in the Lord.  Everything you do and say should be another opportunity to point them to Jesus.  (Which means, by the way, that you’ll need to spend time studying God’s Word as much as you can – you can’t teach something you don’t know!)

 

 

5. Live out his word

It’s not just enough to talk about the Bible; you must do what it says.  If you truly believe something, it will affect your actions.  Your children will decide whether or not the Bible is worth believing based on whether you show that you believe it.

If you want your children to know Jesus, they need to see visible evidence that you know him, that you trust him, and that you obey him.

 

Need more in-depth help on things like…?

  • Insights on making your child’s faith real - and lasting
  • Tips for surviving church with little ones (what to bring to church, what to do when they’re loud, how to get them to sit still)
  •  Jesus-centered books, movies, and toys for kids
  • Everyday scenarios to talk about Jesus with your child
  • Common personalities in kids, and how to teach each type
  • Common questions about teaching a little one about God

I think you would benefit from this little eBook, How to Introduce Your Child to Jesus.

How to Introduce Your Child to Jesus

 

You can purchase it here for $5.99.

 

 

 

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Moms, Let’s Quit Saying This To Our Kids

“Mom, can you throw this soccer ball to me so I can practice blocking it?”
“Mom, can you read this book to me?”
“Mom, can we paint something?”
“Mom, can you play a game with me?”

 

If you’re a mom, chances are these are familiar phrases to you.

 

But I fear too often the answer is an unfortunate “Not right now.”

“Not right now; I’m making supper.”
“Not right now; I’m mopping the floor.”
“Not right now; I’m checking my email.”

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I wonder what would happen if our kids heard a lot fewer “Not right now”s and more “Yes!  I would love to!”s.

 

There’s definitely a balance between getting the housework done (and yes, your kids can and should help) and spending time just playing.

Sometimes the “not right now” moments are good opportunities for my children to learn character.  “We work first and then we play.  I’d love to play, but the kitchen needs to be cleaned.  We’ll clean together and then we’ll play together.”  But if I’m not careful, I can turn the “work first, play later” philosophy into one big disappointment for my child.  There will always be another load of laundry to fold, another dish to wash, another set of crumbs to sweep.  If I wait until every shred of work is done the “not right now” moments will never turn into “okay, now” moments.

 I’m not even going to try to pretend to have the balance of all that figured out.

But if I can’t get it exactly right, I’d ten times rather err on the side of making sure my kids feel important.  I don’t want them to feel like mom is always putting their needs and wishes on the back burner – like it’s something I’ll get to if it happens to be convenient.

I’d rather leave the rice getting cold and sticky on the stove while I kick a soccer ball outside than to say “Not right now” and end up never getting around to going outside with my boy.  “Sorry, it got too dark.  Maybe tomorrow.”

Pretty soon he’s going to stop asking because he knows it will only be a weak promise of “In a while”  but that later will never come.
But if we eat sticky rice every night while we’re out of breath and itchy from playing in the grass, guess what he’s going to remember about his mama?  He’s going to remember that he was more important than her agenda.

 

 

Memories are not made from the “Not right now”s.
Memories are made from sticky rice and itchy legs.

 

 

I don’t know about you, mama, but I don’t want my son’s childhood to be one long string of “Not right now” moments –  moments that could have been a memory but instead became another disappointment for my child.

 

Together, let’s get rid of the endless “Not right now”s.  Let’s not let our children grow up with large blank gaps in their memory where there should have been loving memories of mama spending time with them while dinner got cold on the stove.  They’ll never remember what dinner tasted like or whether the last load of laundry was folded.

They’ll just know their mama wanted to be with them.

That’s what I want my kids to remember.  Don’t you?

Not Right Now

 

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