Giving kids a safe environment is imperative and a key component to providing security is in offering them the beautiful and lasting promises of God. The bonus? When we teach our kids about God’s promises, we are also teaching them about God’s protection. These promises and the reminder of His protection will be the firm foundation that remains constant even when our children’s lives get busy or confusing.
So how does this look in the real everyday moments of our lives? How do we teach our kids these promises?
Teaching kids about God’s promises and protection can come in unpredictable moments, planned moments, and hidden moments.
The unpredictable teaching moments:
When my day gets cluttered with mishaps, I sometimes have to pause and speak truth to myself. I remind myself that God is in control. I have to take a breather to inhale and exhale deeply while I fix my mind on a phrase from scripture. These are teachable moments for our kids. They are always watching. How will I handle stress, fear and frustration? I am teaching them how to respond by what I do in that very moment.
A simple verse I always come back to is, Luke 1:37
nothing is impossible with God.
I can think this verse in my mind, but it is much more powerful to share it with my kids—to speak it aloud and remind them and myself that our circumstances are not too big for God to handle. These are the spontaneous teaching moments we must recognize and take advantage of as moms.
The predictable teaching moments:
Every family has their own way of scheduling their day to include devotions, prayer time or scripture memory. It doesn’t matter what time you choose, it just matters that you, as a parent, have planned to be intentional about sharing God’s promises. We will have spontaneous teaching moments, but it’s important that we don’t solely rely on those.
We can set aside time in our week to recite scripture with our kids. We can. It isn’t easy, but it’s an eternal investment. If you haven’t already done so, pause and identify some pockets of time during your week in which you can remind your kids of God’s promises.
The hidden teaching moments:
As our children mature, so will their relationship with the Holy Spirit. We can trust that as our kids begin to have their own quiet time with the Lord, they will experience moments of growth we will never see. Trust this process.
John 14:26 says,
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
We are not alone in guiding our children. If our kids have Jesus Christ, they have the Holy Spirit who will teach them “all things” and “remind” them of “everything.” We are not in this alone—what good news!
Let’s be moms who teach our kids in unpredictable and predictable moments. Let’s teach our children well, and trust the Holy Spirit to do what only He can do in the hidden moments.
God’s protection and promises will go with our kids where we can’t. When we give our kids these promises now we equip them for a lifetime of protection and preparedness that is lasting.
Ruth Schwenk, TheBetterMom.com
Looking for a way to create some “predictable teaching moments” without spending too much time? The Really Woolly 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury is a cute way to close the day. This book is for preschool and kindergarten-aged children. Go through the book and connect their short stories to the promises your own son or daughter might need to be reminded of that evening. Allotting this short story time before bed can be a good way to remind both you and your child of God’s protection—like a shepherd protects his sheep. Jesus is our shepherd and his promises of protection will help us rest securely.
How does your family practice reciting God’s promises? When do you teach your kids about God’s protection?