A few weeks ago, I invited you to ask me anything. This week I’m answering all your burning questions.
Sherri writes in:
I’d love to learn more about the ways you incorporate your faith into your daily routine and how you express that to your children.
This is one I really struggle with, truth be told. I have never been very consistent with a daily quiet time or anything like that. As many times as I’ve started to have regular devotions, I’ve just never managed to stick with it. I finally decided to let go of the guilt.
Instead, I talk to God throughout the day, like he’s a friend sitting next to me. I always have. I teach my kids that they can do that too. I want them to realize that Christianity is more than a belief system; it is a relationship that needs to be cultivated, and that they can talk to God at any time about anything that is on their minds.
My faith is an integral part of who I am and my general world view, so it should come through in my parenting and conversations with the kids in a natural way. They know what we believe and why. When they ask questions, we answer them openly. But I’d like to be more intentional in the way I express my faith to my kids; it’s something I’m working on.
I hope that we live out our faith in such a way that our children learn how to be a Christian by being a part of our family. For example, we are active in our local church, and my husband occasionally leads family devotions after dinner — nothing too structured, just some bible reading and a prayer. He also reviews the Shorter Catechism with them sometimes when we’re riding in the car. We want them to know what we believe and understand the basics of biblical Christianity. But I also hope that they learn by our attitudes about issues and people. I want to raise children who are loving and gracious, who give people the benefit of the doubt and are forgiving when they are wronged. We try to model this behavior and hope it catches on.
There is definitely room for improvement. But then again, that is the point, right? If I was perfect, I wouldn’t need Christ.