Dear Friends,

I’m sharing info below from Focus on the Family with tips for building spiritual values in our kids.  I confess that even though I love sharing God’s Word with others (usually with adults), doing it at home with my kids doesn’t always come easily for me.  I appreciate all the help and tips I can get!  Additionally, since our sons study Bible verses and lessons at church and school, I tend to let that be enough, but there should never be ‘enough’ when it comes to raising our kids with Christian values.  I’m not saying we should constantly be beating them over the head with Bible verses and obsessing over ‘teaching’ moments at home, but I am saying it’s good to be aware the various ways we can be spiritual leaders for our children and strive to do our best.  Following are good suggestions from Focus on the Family.

Build strong spiritual values in your kids 
Struggling to instill spiritual values in your kids? Here are a few things to keep in mind as you approach this critical task:

1. Make sure you know what you believe and why. Without a clear understanding of your own beliefs about God and your relationship with Him, you won’t be able to pass along anything to anyone.
2. Are you and your spouse on the same page spiritually? Communicating regularly about your individual and mutual spiritual journeys is vital if you want to give your kids the gift of a vibrant spiritual heritage.
3. Immerse your family in Scripture. In addition to your own personal study, read with your kids, and help them gain a love for the Bible.
4. Pray regularly for each of your children. Acknowledging our lack of control over their physical and spiritual future, and our dependence upon the One who holds it in His hands, is the beginning of wisdom.
5. Stay flexible and open to the daily guidance of God’s Spirit. There’s no “one size fits all” approach to raising children to love the Lord.

For more on this topic, be sure to visit  www.FocusOnTheFamily.com _______________________________________________________________

In response to #4, I’d like to suggest the following books: 

The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian (also Power of a Praying Woman, and Praying Wife)

Praying the Scriptures for Your Children by Jodie Berndt

Praying the Scriptures for Your Teenager by Jodie Berndt

Do you have related tips or suggestions?  If so, we’d love to hear from you! Please respond with your comments! 

God bless you!   – Renee

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