My family is in the middle of a major move. My children are young and though I have been praying that they would transition well, I am still on high alert for signs that they aren't.
Recently I noticed my oldest son started getting very anxious any time my husband or I would leave. Even trips to the store would be met with "please mommy don't go". My husband and I talked about how we would handle it and came up with a solution.
In the midst of being reassuring that mommy and daddy would always come back, we decided we had to shift our focus and help him begin to learn to rely on God ultimately for his protection. I began looking for scriptures I could teach him to help him be less fearful and more trusting in God..not in us.
Memorizing scripture is not only important for adults but it is important for children too.
It aids in the emotional and spiritual growth of the child. We don't have to teach our kids how to fear, be impatience, be ungratefulness, or be selfish. They are born with those fruits ripe and ready. Scriptures that I learned earlier in my life have always found a way to reassert themselves later thus saving me for grief.
As a parent, I have to teach my children how to respond to those attributes in a way that brings them in a closer relationship to christ. I am actively seeking ways I can teach my children the word of God so they can have a foundation. It isn't easy but maybe I am over complicating it. But I take Deuteronomy 6:6-9 as good start
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Perhaps the key to teaching our kids to rely on God is demonstrating that we as parents rely on God. We have to know the scriptures and how to live them out in in front of them. That's how they'll learn the most. Instead of saying don't be afraid maybe relaying a story about how you were afraid and how you prayed or praised God to get over it will leave a far greater impact.
How you do teach the kids in your life scripture?
I suspect I am not the only parent looking for ways to do this. So leave a comment and let us know the ways you are doing it. I'll follow up in a post with all your good tips.
God we know it is important to know your word. Let us as parents, caregivers, and guardians keep your word in our heart and show us how to teach the children in our charge to do the same. Amen