Hello R.E.A.L. parents! These are some crazy times that we are praying and praising through! So we are in our "little sanctuaries" due to God scattering us to our homes. Now we are faced, as parents, with doing everything from home; working, praying, praising, and now... teaching our children their academic subjects. But also, we fine ourselves now responsible for their spiritual growth, as well. However, as a parent (and especially a Christian parent) this should not be new... or is it????
We can become very comfortable with the different structures, routines, and systems we put in place, or that have been put in place, to make our lives easier and more productive and functioning. This quarantine has sort of shifted some things, especially our usual "go to’s" for dinner, shopping, grooming, and even our spiritual growth and the spiritual growth of our children.
Well, now that everyone is at home for a while, we cannot forget, that biblically, spiritual growth for our families, especially our children, started at home. God spells it out in Deuteronomy 11:19, 20 that as parents, it is our responsibility to keep God at the forefront of our children’s minds by talking about God at dinner time, or while taking a stroll on the street, and they should see it manifested in their homes posted everywhere. It was, and still is, the parent’s responsibility to keep God at the forefront of their children's minds.
Just like every non-teaching parent, who is now having to "home-school" their children alongside the teachers, it might be difficult to adjust to now having to be the Sunday School teacher and the Bible Study teacher for your children as well.
So, I am here to let you know that I have been thinking about this alot. How can I partner alongside these R.E.A.L. parents as they get back to the basics of keeping God in the forefront of their children’s minds intentionally and frequently? I have made a list of several practical and creative ways you can either get started or add to what you have already started. I am here to stir us up to good works of training our children up in the way they should go. We do not want to be like Judges 2:10, in which there was a whole generation that did not know God due to a previous generation forgetting to teach and talk about God. So, we are not going to let this happen during the quarantine. I, along with the R.E.A.L. ministry staff, will partner with you while together, we teach and train our children from home.
Here are some practical and creative ways to keep your children and youth engaged and conscious of God weekly or even daily: