Friday, July 23, 2010

How a Child Learns Faith

Ever get discouraged and feel like you are trying to teach your children to follow God but you still see them basically, well, not? They fight with their siblings, they're selfish, they lie... and then they fold their hands to pray and say amen and you wonder, what am I doing wrong? Be encouraged! A child is not like an adult who has an epiphany and suddenly "gets it", rather they are like sponges, slowly soaking up the Word, their role models and their daily experiences, which will ultimately shape their character. Recall this verse: These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 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. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 NIVThe Lord knew that our children would need constant repetition. It's in the repetition that we know we are "doing it right" not in our children's responses, which WILL come later! Persevere my friends! God is on our side. Isaiah 40:11 says He gently leads those that have young. :)
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