Each week we post daily challenges on social media to help you on your Christian parenting journey. Here are our challenges for this past week.
Monday: Did you realize Parenting Like Hannah is part of the larger Teach One Reach One Ministries? Check out the website for Bible lessons, activity ideas and tons of other free resources for teaching the Bible to kids and teens. Most are usable at home as well as in a larger Bible class. www.teachonereachone.org
Tuesday: This is the town Edam, Netherlands, where the cheese originates. Years ago, it took even more hard labor – including rowing boats down canals and hand cranking machinery. The Amish in the U.S. have avoided electricity because they believe making things too easy breeds laziness in their kids and in them. While we don’t need to go back in time or reject electricity, there is a point. Hard work can breed godly character traits like perseverance, personal responsibility and patience. Your kids need some things in their lives to be hard to make them stronger. Making their lives too easy can leave them spiritually lazy and weak. Spend some time today thinking about whether or not you are making your kids’ lives too easy.
Wednesday: It’s hard to tell from the photo, but these lilies are almost five feet tall! I had no idea lilies had the potential to grow that tall. Your kids have potential God has given them in a variety of areas. He has good works He has prepared in advance for them to do. Christian parenting involves helping them reach their full godly potential and preparing them to do those good works by helping them build a strong spiritual foundation. Don’t hurt your kids by underestimating their potential. Assume they have amazing potential…because they just might.
Thursday: Churches all over GB and Ireland were destroyed and never rebuilt over theological debates. Churches and Christians still have them today. Usually the words “I think” and “I feel” are frequently used. Or non Bible writers or preachers are given more weight than the actual Bible. Teach your kids to read the Bible – all of it – regularly, to make sure they aren’t swayed to believe something God never wanted them to believe.
Friday: Ever crave something so badly you will go out of your way to get it? A huge part of Christian parenting is helping your kids crave reading the Bible as much as I crave a Round Rock donut when I’m in Austin, TX. Why? Because regularly spending time in the Word can help your kids stay firmly on God’s path. Showing them how much you crave daily time in scripture is a great way to start.