Over the next several months, the Faith-Building Fun ideas will focus on how to open your child’s spiritual windows. For additional insights about ways to nurture your child’s faith, read the book Opening Your Child’s Spiritual Windows by Cheri Fuller.
The Habit-Building Window
Getting in the way of Jesus. As a staff, we sometimes refer to this sermon series as GITWOJ; it’s easier to write than that long title! The bottom line is this: as followers of Christ we are to get in the way of Jesus. We need to understand that he invites us to walk on this journey called life with him. And one of the best things we can do for our children is to help them start walking that journey at young age.
As you listen to the sermons each week and think about the challenges that Pastor George is giving us about habits we can incorporate in our daily lives, take time to also process what it looks like to integrate those habits into your family’s life.
Habits or spiritual rhythms are one way that we grow and change spiritually. Regular rhythms are especially formative and help us become more and more like Christ. Listen to this link by Ric Olsen as he explains why approaching the discipleship of our kids from a spiritual formation perspective is so important. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AdncOxJ9QE
I want to encourage you that your parenting doesn’t need to be perfect and that the most important thing that you do for your children is to offer your authentic self on your journey of faith and invite them to join you on that journey. Regular spiritual habits are one way to invite your children on the journey of faith. Below are some ideas that can help you on your journey:
- Pray with your children as often as you are able, especially at night when they go to bed;
- Choose a family verse for a month and memorize it together;
- Choose one person from the Bible every month and read their story in a modern translation. Ask each person to share what they learned from that person’s life.
- Have each family member start a prayer journal and periodically share what you’re praying for with other members of the family.
The above ideas are a few ways for you to get started as you live out the “Habits Window” in your families!