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Take 5 Bible Challenge

Take 5 Bible Challenge - Parenting Like HannahEver wonder if you only have time to do one thing today to point your kids to God and make them emotionally healthy, what it should be? The answer is so simple, yet so few Christian parents do it.

Take at least 5 minutes each day. Snuggle up with your kids. Tell them you love them. Read them something from the Bible – a scripture or a story.

That’s it. 5 minutes. Your kids will get physical and verbal confirmation of your love. They will learn something important from God’s Words. I won’t bore you with all of the studies that support the importance of these three things in the lives of your kids – daily physical affection, hearing their parents say they love them and exposure to what God wants for them and from them. Trust me, the statistics are overwhelming.

Of course, spending more time listening and talking with them, hugging and reading the Bible to them, praying with them, mentoring your own children towards God will have an even greater impact, but let’s at least start with 5 minutes. We all waste 5 minutes a day. Let’s reclaim those 5 minutes and use them in the most productive way possible.

For those of you who have young parent friends, relatives or mentees, let’s ask 5 of them each day to join us (tag them on Facebook). The best part is you can do this challenge every day for a week. Or a month. Or a year. Then come to our Parenting Like Hannah Community Facebook Group (Be sure to join, if you haven’t already.) and post pictures of the scripture you read to your kids, or where you and your kids were when you read the Bible (You can go outside with the challenge when it gets a bit warmer!). Or have your five young parent friends join our Parenting Like Hannah Community Facebook page and get more challenges and encouragement.

Let’s take the Take 5 Bible Challenge and change the world!

 

P.S. The Bible reading part is an amazing challenge for all of us – even if you will never be a parent. Spread the 5 minute Bible reading challenge to everyone you know! It can change anything and everything!

Fun Way to Teach Kids About God, Money and Poverty

Fun Way to Teach Kids About God, Money and Poverty - Parenting Like HannahNothing can get people more animated than beginning a discussion about money. Or poverty. Or God’s views on the two. Yet scripture after scripture talks about how God wants His people to care for the poor. Whatever your personal interpretation, I believe kids benefit from understanding the realities of poverty. The scriptures also make it clear God expects us to be good stewards of the blessings He gives us. The money your kids will be given and earn during their lifetimes is one of those blessings. Teaching stewardship should also begin early.

The average full time worker making minimum wage in the U.S. takes home about $300 a week. Let’s be generous and raise that up to $500 a week. Let’s pretend she’s a single mom with two kids and like 2/3 of single moms, receives no financial help from the children’s dad. You can make the rest of the activity simple or difficult depending upon the age of your kids and how much time and money you have to spend.

Here are some of the things you can do to help your kids “become” this fictional mom to better understand God’s views on stewardship and our responsibility to help others.

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7 Tips for Helping Kids Reach Their Godly Potential

7 Tips for Helping Kids Reach Their Godly Potential - Parenting Like Hannah

This whale shark has yet to reach it’s godly potential of 40 feet!

One of the hardest things about this ministry is seeing all of the wasted potential in the church and in the lives of children and teens. God gives each of us potential to make an impact on the world by serving the church and others and sharing our faith. Yet much of it lies untapped for a variety of reasons. Most are living lives that are a mere shadow of what God had intended for them to be.

Those who reach the potential God gives them have some of the richest, fullest lives I have ever witnessed. They know their purpose. Their lives have meaning and their connection to God is strong. Their faith allows them to cope with the problems of living in a fallen world with grace.

So, what do you need to do to help your kids reach their godly potential? These tips should get you started.

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Helping Kids Avoid the Comparison Trap

Helping Kids Avoid the Comparison Trap - Parenting Like HannahI’m pretty sure the tradition goes back for decades – if not centuries. Christmas afternoon, kids suddenly begin communicating with their friends. “Gabby got a new iPhone.” “Tommy got the latest gaming system.” Even the least materialistic kids in the world, begin turning the slightest shade of green with envy. The gifts that were “awesome” a few hours ago, now seem a bit sad by comparison.

Let’s be honest. We’ve probably all been there. Your engagement ring, car or house are perfectly wonderful…until you see one a friend has that’s much newer and nicer. In fact, comparisons can even have you wanting something very badly you had said you would never want only hours earlier.

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Fun Ideas for Teaching Kids to Serve in Secret

Teaching Kids to Serve in Secret - Parenting Like HannahOur culture often shouts from the mountain tops when someone helps someone else. As an educator, I understand. Society wants to encourage others to serve. They believe giving special attention and praise to people when they serve others encourages people who are more reluctant to serve others also.

Unfortunately, even in our churches we have had to point out the “good deeds” of members to reinforce and give examples of how God wants us to live our lives as Christians. Our ministries have to post the good things they do to encourage others to get involved by serving or giving. As a result, our kids may grow up believing they deserve a “pat on the back” every time they serve someone else.

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Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NIV)