Christian Parenting Challenges #15

Summer will be here soon. How will your family make sure God is not forgotten in the return of the hustle and bustle of activities? Here are this week’s social media posts to challenge you.

Monday: Your kids may never be tempted to worship a statue of a false god like Neptune, but there is one false god they probably will be tempted to put before God – themselves. Society will try to convince them they are smarter, wiser and more tolerant than God. That they will make better decisions for themselves than obeying God’s commands and principles. That they need to love themselves first. Giving them a strong spiritual foundation will help them keep God in his rightful place – first.

Tuesday: This is a class I took on mixing scents for candles. If my adult daughter lived here, I would have asked her to join me. Why? Because one time classes like this are great for doing something fun together, having conversation starters later and discovering whether or not something is a gift or passion God may have given one of you without a huge outlay of cash. So the next time one of your kids wants to learn about something, try signing both of you up for an exploratory class. Who knows what will happen!

Wednesday: Did you know in the days of the Vikings in Ireland, the Bible was considered the most valuable thing they could steal because the Irish would pay top dollar to get the Bibles back? If a thief came into your home and stole your Bibles, would your family even know they were missing? Your kids need to see you truly value God’s Word and spend time in it daily if you expect them to do the same.

Thursday: Believe it or not, behind that fog is the Grand Canyon. We believed it because we saw lots of signs along the way. We couldn’t prove it to ourselves or anyone else until the fog cleared the next day. There are signs all around us that God exists, but you can’t prove it until Jesus returns. Your kids will need faith (and reminders that atheists can’t prove God doesn’t exist either – atheism is also a faith of sorts) and they need you to point them to all the signs of God’s existence, so they don’t miss them

Friday: The Bible tells us that God’s creation points to Him. Your kids also need to hear you connect things in nature to God and His love for us. Don’t forget to mention God to your kids when you visit the zoo or aquarium, go on a nature hike or visit the farm.

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Thereasa Winnett

Thereasa Winnett is the founder of Teach One Reach One and blogger at Parenting Like Hannah. She holds a BA in education from the College of William and Mary. She has served in all areas of ministry to children and teens for more than thirty years and regularly leads workshops for ministries and churches. She has conducted numerous workshops, including sessions at Points of Light’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the National Urban Ministry Conference, Pepperdine Bible Lectures, and Lipscomb’s Summer Celebration. Thereasa lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Greg, where she enjoys reading, knitting, traveling and cooking.

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