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Pastor Adrian Rogers said that we must teach our children conversationally about the Lord. The Lord is daily faithful to present opportunities for God conversations, but we as moms must be ready and in the Word ourselves so we can recognize these moments, and so we are approachable and sensitive to the Lord’s spirit stirring in our children’s hearts!

We are focusing on two verses today:

Deuteronomy 6:7: “Talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”

Deuteronomy 6:20: “When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the Lord our God has commanded you?”

Verse 20 says when not if the time comes. So, when your child gets curious and starts asking you questions about God and why you believe what you say you believe, we want to be ready. When they realize Jesus has answered a prayer they have been praying for some time now. When your your children want to randomly re-tell you a Bible story that you have read them recently, and you didn’t even think they were listening! If we are asking the Lord to provide these opportunities for God conversations, its not a matter of if they will happen, it’s when, and we need to be ready! Ready with an intentional ear to listen, not a forceful tongue to answer. Maybe you haven’t been so great about seeking out these opportunities in the past, but be encouraged that is is not too late! Ask the Lord today and patiently await Him to work.

Recently I came across this this quote: 

“I can do now with a touch as light as a feather what I cannot later accomplish with the pressure of a hundredweight.” —Froebel 

I decided to research who Friedrich Froebel and here is what I found: 

Froebel was an educator, who went down in history as the creator of kindergarten. Froebel recognized that by playing games and talking with young children, that they would begin to pick up on knowledge and the building blocks of education. 

So Froebel may have been referring to starting early to better teach communication and education basics, but the same applies with Christianity! We can teach our kids now about the Lord so much easier while we have their ear and they are living at home. Everyday we are talking to them about life as they are growing and maturing—years of conversations about the Lord that we could never get back if we waited until later! 

Pastor Adrian Rogers said, “Faith is caught as well as taught…”

Meaning that while our children are young and impressionable, we must take advantage of every conversation. Yes, they will learn as they are taught from sermons or bible lessons, but faith is also “caught” according to Pastor Rogers. We can teach our kids now about the Lord so much easier while they are growing up under our roof—years of conversations that we could never get back if we waited until later. I challenge you to Ask the Lord for opportunities to have God conversations with your kids today!

Here are some practical examples of everyday life moment with your kids and how to point the conversation back to the promises of God:

  • Someone is sick in your family: God is the great healer.
  • Bad dream at night: God says to cast all worries on Him because He cares for you.
  • Feeling Self conscious: You are made by God.
  • Parent leaves or divorce in the home: God is a good Father and He won’t leave you.
  • Feeling unworthy: Jesus died on the cross for you.
  • Feeling unforgivable: God always forgives when we ask Him.
  • Feeling scared or nervous: You can do ALL things with Christ who give you strength.
  • Baby/toddler not talking yet: Sing praises and speak prayers out loud over them. 

God is faithful and I know will provide those moments, so I hope your eyes have been opened today to be looking for them! 

Click here to listen to this devotional podcast episode 37.