Many parents take time to talk to God with their children at meal times, but did you know that God tells us of other times that we should be intentionally talking to our children about Him?
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (ESV) says,
“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
God clearly commands that we are to teach our children…
- “…when you sit in your house…” I look for opportunities to talk to our daughter when we’re doing normal things around our house. Sometimes I’ll talk to her while we’re doing laundry. Maybe you have times together while washing the dog or practicing for his next t-ball game. Maybe you are able to discuss God with your teen as you’re watching her favorite movie or cooking dinner together. Have you tried memorizing Scripture together while doing things together?
- “…when you walk by the way…” Most families spend a lot of time in the car. God is telling us that we should talk to our children about Him during the transitions of the day. Maybe your family takes walks together. Maybe you spend time taking your children to soccer practice or piano lessons. Maybe you take your children to school each morning. Think about how you can use this time during your day to talk to your children about God. Have you ever thought about listening to a chapter of the Bible being read on a Bible app on your phone?
- “…when you lie down…” Bedtime is a great time of day to talk to your children about God. We have had some of the deepest conversations with our four year old as we help her get ready for bed. God used a bedtime conversation with my mom to help me come to believe in Him when I was only 5 years old. What keeps you from having bedtime conversations with your teenager?
- “when you rise…” Our mind should be filled with thoughts of God from the moment we wake up. I am not a morning person, and this is the hardest time during the day for me to be intentional with talking to my daughter about God. Maybe you can start the day by listening to some Scripture songs or praise music. Maybe the lyrics from one of those songs would spur a thought that could be discussed or maybe it would just initiate a time of praising God together!
Take some time today to consider the times you could be more intentional with talking to your children about God! Let’s obey Him today by having one more conversation today than we did yesterday!
What is the easiest time of day to talk to your children about God? What is the hardest?
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