Never Stop 

I have been hard pressed to stay committed in prayer and devotions with my “kiddos.” It is not an easy task. Getting myself and the kids ready in the morning can be hectic, but most mornings I make sure that we don’t leave without praying together. School afternoons are a little slower, but by the time we get to bed time, often I am exhausted and I sometimes put off doing our nighttime devotions. With God’s help, I have been getting back on track. My heart longs for my children to gain a desire for God’s Word and a lifestyle of prayer. I do my best to model this for them. In my earnest quest to have quality devotions with my kids, I realized that our devotion time together is not just about them learning, it’s a time of learning for me as well. Soo many times God will speak to me through the children’s picture bible I read to my preschooler and toddler. My 8-year old’s more in depth devotional, convicts me and has me searching my heart that I too take to heart and make the changes needed in my life to glorify God. When we neglect prayer and devotions, we as Moms, miss out on the work God wants to do in our own hearts. As parents, we must maintain a teachable spirit. Yes, we are the parents but we too have to submit to our authority, which is God. God will use whatever avenue He sees fit to prick our hearts and minds to continue abiding in Him and His Word and in turn He will fulfill our lives for the better.

Let Them Take The Lead
I admit that I can be a bit of a control freak. But I have come to understand that I have to be flexible to the Holy Spirit’s guidance. How can my children develop an authentic relationship with the Lord, if we always have them following our instructions? Allow opportunities for your children to select bible stories, lessons, and praise and worship songs. As they independently pick out songs or lessons, this will allow them to experience God’s guidance in their own hearts. Allow open ended discussions and allow your children to ask you questions. Share as openly as you can about your own mistakes, struggles, and everyday situations, so that they will be able to see your need and reliance on Jesus as Savior and Lord.

It Never Gets Old
One of the wonderful things I enjoy about our prayer and devotions is hearing my kids pray. Sometimes, I even have to stop myself from laughing. It is their boldness to say whatever is on their minds that tickles me, but this is just as it should be. It reminds me to remain child-like in my prayers; to make sure to innocently, and without reservation, lay my all on the altar of prayer before God. This keeps my prayer life from ever getting routine or old.

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. – Deuteronomy 6:6-7

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