1.Regular Family Devotions & Prayer: Regular time with God increases our dependency on God. The more kids learn about the depth and breadth of the love of Jesus, the more they will have the confidence to lean on Him. Instilling a regular routine of scripture and prayer in our children’s lives is one of the more valuable spiritual skills we can hand our children. Family devotions don’t have to be 45 min’s long around the kitchen table. They can be but don’t have to be. The goal is for our children to be excited about their time with God. So, meet your kids where they are, on their level. Don’t be afraid to change it up. There are many nights that Kisha and I ask our kids, “what are you thankful for?” This one question opens the floor for some great conversation and we close by thanking God for those things.

Options: There are many great options to choose from.

  • ParentCue App: We will sometimes use the Parent Cue App because it helps reinforce the truths that kids our children are learning in their small group’s ar church. Check it out HERE!
  • Bible App: The Bible App by Life Church has some incredible family devotions for all ages. Check it out HERE!
  • A Good Children’s Bible: Jesus the Story Book Bible is a great tool for Parents. Check it out HERE! /

2.Be Involved in a Gospel-Centered Church that Values Your Family. As parents, Kisah and I are forever grateful for our son’s small group leaders. No matter what kind of week they had at school, their small group leader’s remind them that they are loved beyond their wildest imagination. A gospel-centered church is essential in helping children rightly understand God’s love and His might.

3. Memorize Scripture Together. The more our children know about God’s word, the more they will trust Him. Here are a few verses that are helpful to memorize.

  • 1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
  • Psalm 33:4: For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
  • 1Chronicles 16:11: Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
  • Isaiah 41:10:  So do not fear, for I am with you. do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

4. Model Scripture. The more our children see us as parents keep our promises, the greater their potential will be to trust God’s promises. Try making some simple promises to your children that you can easily fulfill. Promise to buy them ice cream (for no reason) or take them on a bike ride. Whatever promises you make, be sure to follow through and remind them that just like you kept your promise so does God.

5. Do Something Fun. Set aside 15-30 minutes to play a fun game or activity that encourages children to trust God. Here are a few ideas: play the Blind Walk game or Bat and Moth game. At the end of the games discuss why it’s important to listen to God. Another fun activity is to read the story of Noah (Gen. 7-9) together. Spread out a piece of butcher paper or cardboard and draw a huge rainbow. As you are drawing have someone in your family tell a story of when they saw a rainbow. Hang the picture up as a reminder that becauseGod keeps His promises we can trust Him.

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