At first, trying to have a daily devotional time with young children can cause feelings of frustration or failure because your children don’t seem to be getting it or you’re not sure you’re even teaching them the right things.
You need to realize one thing about teaching first, and that is that it’s like planting a seed where a lot goes on underneath the surface before you see the growth. Keep planting the seed of God’s Word every day and you WILL see results.
WHAT GOD’S WORD TELLS US
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
If we will train our children using God’s Word, that Word will stay with them even through difficult stages of their development. That doesn’t mean everything will be perfect, but it does mean that there is something for the Holy Spirit to bring to their remembrance.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words that I give you today. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you’re at home or away, when you lie down or get up. Write them down, and tie them around your wrist, and wear them as headbands as a reminder. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:5-9)
Take every opportunity to share a scripture or a biblical principle throughout the day and every situation. You are never going to be so perfect in your walk with God, so don’t wait for that to start teaching your children. They will learn as much seeing you correct your mistakes and let God work in you than they ever would with you being perfect all the time.
Where to start? If you’re not sure where or how to start this process, we have a tool to help. Watch this message with Joe’s daughter, Jessica, sharing how she is using the tool with her young children and how it has helped make the process something she can do on a daily basis.
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