Sunday Musings: Raising Godly Children

Sunday Musings: Raising Godly Children

It’s important to us to raise our children in the Christian faith. The easiest way to do that is to take them to church, but there is so much more to raising Godly children than attending church. We are far from being perfect Christian parents, and this is truly an area where we are working hard to improve. I thought I’d share some of the things we are trying to do, in the hope that some of you would share some of your great ideas with us 😉

We are a family of four, with a six year old daughter and a two year old daughter. We attend church regularly and also participate in Vacation Bible School and a summer camp program at our church during the summers.

1. Sunday school

We have recently begun to attend Sunday School after not attending for several months. Sunday School lessons for children are the Gospel tailored for their age and comprehension. This is why it’s important for them to be there. My kids have learned so much from the children’s programs at our church.

2. Read a devotional each day with your kids

We, as adults, get a lot out of our kids’ devotions. Not only are we reading and learning about the Bible along with the girls, we are modeling for them the importance of reading and studying the Bible. And don’t think because it isn’t written for adults that you can’t be blessed by it as well. I have learned from my kids’ devotion book as much as I have from my own.

3. Buy your kids a Bible they can read

There are so many wonderful Bibles on the market today you can choose from. There are Bibles available for little children, tweens, teens and primary aged children. My daughter has this “Big Picture Bible” which works in conjunction with a phone app. She loves it and it does a great job teaching and explaining the Bible stories to her.

5. Pray together

My children and I read the Bible and keep a running prayer list. We spend time thanking God for the things for which we are grateful and praying for the things we need or the people we know with needs. I’ve also started praying aloud in the mornings as we are driving to school- not only to pray, but to model prayer for my children.

What ways do you model living the Gospel for your children? How do you ensure your children are Godly? I’d love to hear ideas or suggestions!

Have a wonderful week.

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Scripture Sunday: Luke 12:27

If someone were to walk in the room and say right now, “Raise your hand if you’re a worrier,” I’d raise both of mine. I’m a major league worrier, and although it’s something I continually vow to work on, I can never seem to shake the habit.

I worry about my children, my mama and my grandmothers. I worry about my husband and whether or not I can get all the housework done this week. I worry about my job, and the kids I teach…you get the idea.

You may be familiar with Luke chapter 12, verse 25: “Who if you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” In that same passage of scripture, Jesus mentions how the birds do not store up food, yet God feeds them. If the God of Heaven takes care of the birds and the flowers, He will take care of us, too.

Science teaches us that worrying stresses us out, and stress certainly doesn’t add hours to our lives: in fact, the opposite. While most of us don’t worry because we want to, or we think it’s a good thing, we still can’t seem to stop.

God wants us to trust in Him instead of worry. When we worry, we are basically spinning around in circles. We go nowhere and accomplish nothing, but stressing ourselves out and hiking up our blood pressures.

I am praying that God will help me with my worrying problem. I want to be a Christian that trusts in Him instead of worrying about things He will take care of.

Worrying isn’t worth it, but trusting God is.

Scripture Sunday: Romans 12:2

Scripture Sunday: Romans 12:2

Spring is in full swing here in North Carolina. I’ve always loved spring as it is a time of renewal. The world is renewed and everything is green again after the grey of winter has gone.

But did you know we can go through a time of renewal as well? Romans 12:2 is about renewing your walk with God by ensuring you’re not “conforming to this world.” As Christians, we are called to be different and stand out from the world. We are to be a light for God and radiate His love. When we walk with the Lord, we are to put aside worldly things and fill our minds with things that are pleasing to Him.

I have found when I am spending more time in God’s word and listening to Christian music, I feel renewed. This spring, I want to focus on renewing my mind so that I may be closer to Him.

In what ways will you be renewed this spring?

Scripture Sunday: Palm Sunday

Scripture Sunday: Palm Sunday

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What is the significance of Palm Sunday?

Today is one of the most significant days in the Christian calendar- Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday marks Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, when people crowded the streets and lay palm branches in his path. It marks the beginning of the Holy Week. As Christians, we know that the following Thursday, Jesus was arrested. He was crucified the following day on Good Friday, and rose again three days later.

The following verses from John 12:12-19 explain the scene on Palm Sunday:

12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” 14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,

15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
    sitting on a donkey’s colt!”

16 His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. 17 The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness.18 The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”

Today, I plan to spend time reflecting on the coming week. What do I need to do to prepare my heart for Easter Sunday? What does God want to do in my life this week?

What will you do to prepare?

Sunday Musings: Celebrating Easter in God’s Word

Sunday Musings: Celebrating Easter in God’s Word

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Several people have asked how we, as a Christian family, celebrate Easter with little children. In a world where Easter has become giant rabbits and hunting for eggs, how do we keep to the true meaning of Easter in our home?

We do still do Easter baskets for our kids, we d o still color eggs with our kids, and we do still participate in Easter egg hunts. Those things are tradition, but we do these things, too.

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  1. We read “The Story of Easter” by Patricia A. Pingry. I love this book- it is colorful, well-written, and it explains the Easter story in a way that our children really understand it. They have asked some great questions over the years, and they’ve learned from just reading this book. It’s available on Amazon, and if you’re not into this particular book, there are others that are just as great.

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2. Make “resurrection rolls!” Recipe can be found here. 

This is a fabulous way to demonstrate the Easter story and resurrection to your children. Plus, they are quick and easy to make, and they taste amazing!

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3. We go to church on Easter Sunday

Our church has traditionally held a Sunrise service, breakfast and regular church service. We always enjoy celebrating our risen Savior, as well as fellowshipping with our fellow church members.

How do you and your family observe the Easter season?

 

Sunday Musings: Matthew 28:6

My goal in the remaining weeks til Easter is to really pray and prepare my heart for not only Easter but our upcoming revival. I plan to share some different Printables for Easter related verses as well.

If you don’t celebrate Easter, you may not know why Christians celebrate the holiday. It doesn’t have anything to do with rabbits, hiding and finding Easter eggs, or buying new church clothes. All of those things are incidental- the holiday is all about celebrating our risen Savior.

Jesus, who was born of a virgin and lived 33 years on this earth as the sinless, perfect son of God, was crucified for a crime He didn’t commit. He died on that cross and three days later, he arose and walked the Earth once more.

The verse I’d like to share today is Matthew 28:6. Can you imagine the shock and surprise of Jesus’ loved ones when they went to visit his grave and found His body missing? And can you imagine the joy and awe they felt when they realized He truly had risen?

I’m grateful to serve a risen Savior.

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Sunday Musings: Finding Time in Your Schedule for Your Daily Devotion

Sunday Musings: Finding Time in Your Schedule for Your Daily Devotion

I realize the title of this post is a bit misleading…and wrong. Truthfully we should put God and our time with Him first. If we are honest, we will admit that we don’t always do that. Here are a few ways to make sure you get your quiet time with God.

1. Wake up before anyone else, even if it means getting up earlier.

I am often the first one awake in my home. I like to take those first few minutes to pray and read His word when I will not be interrupted.

2. During your lunch break

I am a teacher, and while I don’t get to leave school for lunch, I do get to eat by myself. There have been times when I’ve gone into my classroom and for a few quiet moments, I’ve prayed and read His word. If you are able to leave your job for lunch, you could always pray and read in your car.

3. In your car

You can use an audio devotion while on your morning commute. I have done this before and thoroughly enjoyed it. Now that my commute is much shorter, I don’t do this as often.

4. Just before bed

Take those last few minutes before bed to read God’s word and meditate on it. I like to wait until everyone else is asleep so I won’t be interrupted. Going to sleep with God’s words in your mind is such a sweet feeling.

5. Your devotional reading doesn’t have to be a long reading.

I love “Jesus Calling” by Sara Young and “Journey” magazine (published by Lifeway). These are short, but I have learned so much from both of those publications.

How do you fit in your daily devotion?