Passing on our Faith through Teachable Moments

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“Wow, Mama! You know everything!” my five-year-old excitedly exclaimed after I was able to answer one of her many questions for the day. I have to admit it was a good feeling to be admired and appreciated. It’s nice to know that she has such confidence in me. However, setting ego aside, I also recognized it as a chance to direct her to the One Who really has all the answers. I told her that it might seem like I know a lot, but only God knows everything.

Day 24: Show them the Way: Passing on our Faith through Everyday Teachable  Moments is important to help our kids grow in their own faith. :: www.inallyoudo.net

Our children reflect what we show them through our actions, not merely our words. They soak up the lessons around them, whether we are intentionally teaching them something or just showing them by example, for better or worse.

Where to Start

Parenting intentionally and passing on our faith by example requires being fully in the moment of these little everyday chances to build their character.

Here are some things to consider:

Look for the teachable moments. Making things apply to their everyday life through object lessons helps the meaning stick with them. It shows them that faith is more than just a belief or words to say, it’s a way of life.

Provide strong Christian role models for examples. I like to share examples of strong Christian women with my daughters, both from the Bible and in more recent history. Some of the resources I like to use are the Torchlighters animated series on DVD and the Lightkeepers series of books by Irene Howat. These women of faith provide them with positive role models in an ungodly world.

Read the Bible together. Memorize verses together. If you make it an enjoyable family activity, it will be a time to look forward to together. Those special family moments will be great memories for a lifetime.

Words to Live By

If we expect them to pay attention, we must pay attention.

If we expect them to show respect, we must show respect.

If we expect them to respond with thankfulness, praise, and prayer in all of life’s circumstances, we must show them through our own actions, not just words.

If we expect them to read God’s word, we must read the Bible in front of them.

If we expect them to be patient, we must show them patience in our parenting.

If we expect them to value love, mercy, and compassion, we must exhibit these qualities in our daily lives.

If we realize that teachable moments happen every day, we can pass on our faith to our children by example and build a legacy worth remembering.

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b&w meSara has been married to her high school sweetheart Dave for 20 years. They have been blessed with three daughters, whom they homeschool. Sara has been blogging at Embracing Destiny since 2008. She is also the owner/editor of The Homeschool Post. You can connect with her on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
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