Raising Children Who Love God

Raise Children Who Love God

Do you desire that your children love God with all their heart? Here are three ways you can go about raising them to help plant those seeds:

Pray

Mom, praying for your children will make a difference in their life. It took me awhile to discover the power of prayer—and I’m so glad I did! As a young mom, I’d made the decision to stay at home. And there were many times when I felt useless and ineffective. But when I was introduced to the idea of prayer as a ministry, that changed my perspective. I began praying for my children, around my children, and with my children. And what a privilege it was to teach my two girls to pray

Talk

Then be diligent to live a life that reveals your love for God. Ephesians 6:4 says to “bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” There’s a very simple way for this to become second nature: talk of the Lord.

Talk about Him when you’re at home and in the car, before the kids go to sleep, and as soon as they wake up. A woman — a mother — who loves God is a light in darkness. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men [before your children], that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Read

Last, spend some time each day reading the Bible. Share its life-giving truth with your children. It requires the sacrifice of time and energy, but the years you have with your children fly by so quickly. Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart.”

Your time in prayer, talking about the Lord, and in God’s Word is time He’ll use to make you a mom after His own heart who raises children after God’s own heart. It’s time well invested!

RESPOND

Dear Father, let my lips sing praises, speak requests, and make frequent mention of Your mercy. Give my children ears to hear of Your goodness so that they turn to You, their heavenly Father, with ease and delight. Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES

A Girl After God’s Own Heart Coloring Book – Pre-order this beautiful and fun coloring book to help your daughter meditate on powerful Scripture verses included on each page.

You Always Have a Friend in Jesus (50% off when you order the Coloring Book!) – Your daughter will grow in confidence, faithfulness, and joy as she discovers her friendship with Jesus.

REFLECT

Do I connect everyday life to God’s Word and pause to pray with my children?

REMEMBER

Prayer for your children is ministry.

(Today’s devotion is taken from A Mom After God’s Own Heart Devotional by Elizabeth George)


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Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.


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