by Pastors Stephen & LaCinda Bloomfield
Last week LaCinda and I spoke together for Mother’s Day about creating “Teachable Moments” with your kids, or anyone you are an influence to.
Kids are mirrors
Every moment can be an opportunity to help build the faith of those who are looking to us to guide them and help them make confident decisions and choices. Even challenging moments of bad behavior, or how you face a crisis can be a teachable moment. If we are fearful, worried, or depressed, our kids will automatically imitate those things.
Here are 3 keys we can use to teach our kids how to be courageous overcomers and champions, from our message.
1) Teach your kids to trust God for themselves
Psalms 78:5-7 He commanded our ancestors to teach their children [God’s Word], 6 so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. 7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
Rather than being negative, take every opportunity to impart faith and trust in God, point them to the Word, agree with them in faith that God is working it out.
2) Teach your kids to love God’s word everyday
Deuteronomy 6:4-7 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 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.
A mountain view, a person less fortunate than yourself, a great victory, or a hard lesson are all opportunities to point out God’s purposes at work. God made the mountains, God loves the poor person, nothing is impossible with God, God’s grace is sufficient for us…
3) Our kids are our reflections
Galatians 5:22-23 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Our influence is more “caught” than taught. Are we displaying unconditional love, a peace-making attitude, patience, kindness, etc… Our kids are learning to handle life from us, so let’s be aware of how we are reacting in front of them.
Join us for part two of “Teachable Moments”. Don’t miss this powerful teaching for your family.