Do you strive to raise your kids with strong faith in Jesus? Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out which direction to go and what resources to use. Kids are always growing and changing! Don’t you wish they’d stop? It seems like as soon as you figure out one thing, they’re over that and there’s a new “thing.”
As Christian moms and parents, we must live intentionally to impact our kids’ faith.
First Steps to Building Faith in Kids
First, I’d like you to think about the things that are most important to you in raising your kids. What do you and your husband value most?
If raising kids with strong faith is one of those top things, then what plan do you have for growing that inside of them each day? If we don’t choose to nurture our kid’s relationship with God, and teach them how we grow in our own faith, then they will be left to figure this out on their own.
Your faith should impact all areas of your life. And you are responsible for teaching your kids how to follow after Jesus everyday.
This topic is a huge part of why we started Just Homemaking. We want moms (including ourselves) to live intentionally and with eyes wide open. If faith is important to you, then find time each week to teach your kids about the love of God.
Small seeds planted when they’re young will hopefully grow into full (tree-sized) faith when they become adults.
How I Was Raised
My parents became Christians when I was two. I am so thankful that my uncle shared his newfound passion with our family. This “personal relationship concept” truly made the biggest difference in my life.
My parents were raised in faith-based backgrounds, but it never became real to them until they learned what the Bible says about what it means to be “saved.” John 3:16-18 is a perfect passage to go to for this information.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.John 3:16-18
Because we believe in Jesus and have chosen Him as our Savior, our lives should now be changed (a reflection of that decision). God loves us so much, that He gave His Son as a sacrifice. He wants to spend eternity with us, and all we have to do is believe.
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What Changes When You Become a Christian
Once this HUGE idea sank in with my parents, our family life was changed forever, and for the better. We became very active in our church. We attended regularly, we served, we gave, and we invited others to join us. It impacted our hearts in a dramatic way. They focused on raising kids with strong faith.
At home, we did things differently. We had family devotions, we listened to praise music, and we talked about Heavenly things. My parents also did a great job of loving others and inviting them into our home.
I don’t say all this to tell you how great my family is. I say this to encourage you!
Now, as a parent myself, I have done many things differently than the way I was raised. No one is perfect and we all are doing the best job we can. But I pray that you will feel rejuvenated, as you plan your family faith life.
May God stir up a new excitement for Him and for training up your children, the next generation, to passionately pursue Him everyday!
Intentional Family Living – Teach Kids about Jesus
Once you decide that faith is the most important thing, figure out how you can live intentionally with this in mind. Talk with your spouse or your kids about ways you can create new routines or habits that will focus your hearts on Jesus.
Each family’s week looks different. We have different schedules, kids’ ages, and interests. What works for me or the other homemakers will probably look different for you.
Here are some ideas from all the ladies who write on this blog. You could take one or more of these ideas and schedule them into your week.
8 Ideas for Raising Kids with Strong Faith
Deuteronomy 6 talks about loving God above all else. We are supposed to raise our kids to understand who God is, so they can be blessed by following after Him.
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Here are 8 Ideas from the Four Homemakers at Just Homemaking for raising kids with strong faith and making faith be a big part of your family life:
- Talk about Jesus
Talk always and often about Jesus- on the way to school, at mealtimes, at bedtime. Put on the armor of God daily. Let kids ask questions and allow time to sit with them and share what you know. We don’t have to have all the answers, but we can share what we do know.
Take any opportunity to pray together- at mealtimes, bedtime, when your child is struggling or sick, pray for others to come to know Jesus, pray with your spouse over your kids.
Through prayer, we can share our hearts with God and have a deeper fellowship with Him as He leads us. When we teach our kids the importance of prayer, they will grow into adulthood already leaning on God for direction and purpose.
- Quiet time
Encourage this for each member of your family. Let your kids see you having Bible and prayer time. If you allow it, quiet time can set your heart to allow God to lead your day.
Older kids can use the Bible App and walk through a devotional with you. This can give them independence while still allowing you to encourage their spiritual growth.
Play worship music together- in the car, at home, getting ready for school. Worship is such a great way to thank and praise God either on your own or as a family.
- Family Devotion Time
This can look like whatever you want it to. My husband and I sit on the couch with our kids before bedtime a few nights each week and read a devotional book together, talk about it, and pray as a family.
Schedule a time before school, after dinner, at bedtime…whatever works for your family and as many times throughout the week as you’re able. Different kids’ ages require different schedules, so adjust as your kids grow.
Some other ideas for family devotion time are: Reading the daily Bible verse on the Bible app, and memorizing scripture together with This Printable.
- Serve together
A few ideas- Volunteer at Feed my starving children, rake neighbors’ leaves, visit a nursing home, make homeless care bags, give money together, serve at a soup kitchen, get involved at church.
Ask your kids for ideas to serve. Talk about the needs around you.
- Fun Outings
Do faith-based activities together- Church conferences, Christian concerts, movies, speakers, mission trips, or even a nature walk to see God’s creation and unplug.
- Be an Example
If you want your kids to have real faith, you need to be an example of this faith for them. Do you have your own faith issues to work through? If so, do that! God will show up to grow your faith if you invest time in a relationship with Him.
There are lots of great ways for raising kids with Strong Faith! Figure out what fits well within your family and be intentional on following through with that.
Check out our extra resources below. And please share additional ways your family spends time with Jesus. We’d love to hear from you!
GraceThruFaith– Looking to grow your faith or your older children’s faith? This is one of my favorite websites for Bible basics in plain language. Read Who God Is, Who We Are in Christ, Salvation 101, and more.
Parent Cue– This is a valuable resource for parents who want to raise their kids intentionally. They also have a great app you can download for free.
Bible App– We can’t recommend this app enough. This brings everyone the Bible wherever, whenever, and however you need it. There are tons of devotionals and encouragement to make faith a part of your everyday, and ways to connect with other Christians.
Feed My Starving Children – A way to serve so kids around the world have access to healthy meals.