Today we are going to talk about fun ways to help children grown in faith. Your child’s faith is not something you can create but it is something you can help nurture and strengthen.
Our children are in a unique place in their lives, one that we have all been in. Building our relationship with God and His word can be trying at times. For those of us who have weathered the trials and tribulations of following in His footsteps, we have experienced our faith being tested to understand resilience. Therefore, it is important to use our wisdom earned by first-hand experience to guide our children in their navigation of this same journey.
Recognizing Blessings To Help Children Grown In Faith:
We may recognize that, day in and day out, there are dozens of blessings manifesting. This concept can be difficult for our children to understand when they still view life as a collection of random occurrences. Bring their awareness to the concept of a greater power at work in their life so they can work on becoming more mindful of blessings they receive.
Make a point of creating a daily conversation centered around blessings. Dinner time or pre-bedtime family bonding are prime opportunities to share moments that God has gifted us. Ask your child about occurrences throughout their day that made them smile. Explain how this is a blessing in their life so they can become familiar with the connection between happy moments and faith. Don’t shy away from the negative aspects of their day. In order to build faith as a means of resilience for your child, help them understand His role in the parts of their day that were difficult or disappointing. Discuss how these moments are given to test our faith, allowing us the opportunity to grow as people.
Make a game out of finding blessings to keep your child mindful of their presence! Challenge them to find a certain number in a given day, good or bad. In order for them to count, they have to explain how this is a blessing. Each day, raise the number of blessings they have to find in order to encourage thinking critically about the occurrences in their day.
Family-Based Faith To Help Children Grown In Faith:
Faith gets a bad reputation as being tedious and boring. This perspective can ruin your child’s relationship with faith, discouraging their attempts at getting closer to God. Kids want to be kids! Sitting down and reading long-winded passages from scripture probably isn’t at the top of their list of fun things to do. Make your lessons on faith an adventure they can look forward to and be genuinely engaged in!
Now that crisp, cool weather is upon us, it’s the perfect time for a fall family outing to the apple orchards! As your family bonds over finding the biggest and best apples, use this as an opportunity to teach your child about the story of Adam and Eve. This serves as a great introduction to God’s place in creating the world we are blessed with. Challenge them to find the forbidden fruit!
Search for other crafty ways to incorporate faith and God’s word into fall family activities. Turn pumpkin carving into a lesson on understanding God’s sacrifice in order to make the most out of your upcoming Halloween decor. For cozier evenings staying in with the family, plan a movie night that delivers powerful messages on faith in ways that are sure to entertain your child! There are tons of faith-based movies to choose from when you’d rather take advantage of sweater weather by staying snug under the blankets! Getting creative with your delivery of God’s word will help make their journey with faith more exciting.
Praying To Help Children Grown In Faith:
Speaking to Him can be uncomfortable in the beginning, especially for those who have yet to build a strong foundational understanding of faith. It can feel strange pouring your heart out to someone who isn’t physically there. Helping your child overcome this discomfort will work to alleviate apprehension in getting closer to faith.
Be your children’s role model. Casually talk to God when they’re around, asking for guidance or openly taking a moment to say thank you for the blessings He has already provided. Make morning and nightly prayers a bonding experience in order to guide them through the practice. Do this together until the practice has become naturally integrated into their routine. Pull back eventually, only giving them reminders to carve out time to talk to Him. This will allow them to take the foundation you’ve provided them and continue to navigate faith on their own terms.
Allowing your child to interact with faith in ways that work best for them, regardless of what tradition suggests or your personal preference, will build and sustain a positive relationship with God. Having faith will not feel like a chore, encouraging them to want to fit it into their daily routine.