I am a practical learner, when ever I am getting advice or reading the Bible I am always thinking “Okay, what does this look like practically?” I often write down “rhythms” of how I want our days and weeks to go. I believe consistency and setting intentions is very beneficial for families, especially ours. Here are some practical ways we live out Deuteronomy 6:6-9.
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.7 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.8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
ONE⇒Praying together. We pray together as often as we can! On the way to school, on walks, on the way to church, during tub time, before meals and bed time etc. This is a great way to teach and show our kids that we are to have a personal relationship with God. They see our relationship with Him and hear how we talk and pray to Him and they learn how to have a relationship with Him as well! This is also a great way to teach kids HOW to pray, just by them listening.
TWO⇒Weekly devotionals. Most of our devos are short and sweet, just the way kids like them! Hayden and I will have our weekly devos on Friday that consist of reading a short scripture, and talking about how it applies to our life currently. We also strive to have family devos on Sunday evenings (which we really need to step up our consistency with) that usually entail singing songs, a short bible story and a skit or game at the end. When kids are young these should be short and fun!
THREE⇒Pointing to God. Right now for Skylar this is the most frequent way I am teaching her about God. Making sure I take the opportunity to point Him out whenever I can. On our walks talking about how God made the trees, when she eats her lunch making sure we thank God for our food, when she hurts her sister we explain that it hurts God as well etc. For older kids like Hayden, Im constantly looking for ways to point her back to the gospel. There are many situations that we can use to point our kids to the grace that God has freely given us through the gospel. We just have to be looking for them!
I really believe kids learn better by seeing our examples, than by hearing our words! When they see us walking with God throughout our days, they will be able to learn how to and build a relationship with God of their own.