Parenting the Truth Does Not Have a Time-Clock!
God’s Truth: And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7.
If you expect your kids to learn God’s Truth, you must start with a simple decision: are you committed to parenting in Truth or not? Does raising your kids to follow God take priority in your parenting?
In the above verses, God is telling the Israelites to teach their kids about the commandments he’s just given to Moses. Thankfully, we don’t have to live by the Law of Moses anymore, but by the Law of Love (because Jesus died on the Cross to wipe out all that law-following stuff) which says to Love the Lord with all our hearts. So that’s the command you should be teaching your children daily, repeating again and again.
Look for teachable moments, listen to their conversations and seek to understand what they are thinking and then when opportunities arise, speak God’s Love and Truth into their lives. Those opportunities will come at home, in the car, when you are putting them to bed, when you are working side by side, when you are playing games with them. It stands to reason, then, that the more time you spend with your kids, the more opportunities you will have to speak God’s Law of Love into their lives.
Parenting in Truth is a 24/7 job; don’t leave the Truth-talking to Kids’ ministers and teachers. Don’t box God’s Truth into family devotions and prayer times. Look for every chance you have to speak God’s Love and Truth, gently, lovingly, positively, and creatively.
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