Friday Fun Finds - Ways to Teach and Speak God in Your Home Everday

At Christmas and Easter we often emphasize to our children what Christ has done for us through His birth and death. These are wonderful, beautiful traditions that bring deep meaning to these special days. Yet, in the Bible, we are commanded not just to speak to our children about God around the high holidays, but everyday. Deuteronomy 6:5-7 reads,
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
This lesson is so important that Moses reiterates it again four chapters later. Deuteronomy 11:18-19 reads,
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Religion and spirituality are extremely personal. Sharing our spiritual experiences and developing daily or weekly practice to help pass these roots onto our children can be intimidating. Yet, this is part of our calling as Christian parents.

I've compiles a few finds from around the web of ways that you can keep Christ central in your family through out the year. Not every idea will work for every family. However, I encourage you to use these ideas as a starting point for developing your own practice.

8 Simple Ways to Share God's Love with Your Little Ones All Day Long

Bree from Faithfully Committed shares 8 Simple Ways to Share God's Love with Your Little Ones All Day Long. I love that these tips are something that anyone can do any time with any age child. Its about speaking the name of God and making the word of God part of your routine. 

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Prayer Pail

I love listening to my kids pray, especially my youngest who routinely asks us to pray for the smoke detector she sees blinking in the dark. Listening to them pray lets me peak into their worlds. While listening to them go where their heart takes them in prayer is wonderful, it is also beneficial to teach intentional prayer, i.e. praying for specific people, things or events. Kristin's guest blog on Joy's Hope does just that through the Prayer Pail

The Prayer Pail is a small bucket with popsicle stick prayer requests inside. Decorating the pail (or mason jar or tall cup) and brainstorming prayer requests could be a fun family activity. Take this project another step further by marking the back of answered prayer sticks with the date and keeping them in a separate place. Periodically review the answered prayer sticks for a tangible lesson about how really does answer prayers.

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Scripture Art

One way to keep our mind on God's word is to keep our eyes on God's word with beautiful and inspiring scripture art. Glory Designs sells hundreds of beautiful printables, many referencing scripture, at her Etsy shop. This verse seems an especially poignant decorations as many of us are working to teach our children to speak and act kindly.

Image via Glory Designs

This beauty isn't a direct scripture quote but the message is vital to all of our identities. Hang this free print by Annaka of 398dot2 in a little girls room, a nursery, a play room or somewhere that you can see it and remember that you are His child too.

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Memory Verse Dry Erase Frame

Growing up, I was required to learn a Bible passage a week for school. It was definitely not my favorite thing and I admit that most of those verses went into short term memory on the way to school right before the review. Now that I am a busy mom who desperately wants a personal relationship with God but has a hard time finding time for one, I find myself turning to memory work. 

Committing verses to memory can be done anytime and anywhere. You don't need a long quite spell to read or study. However, it is helpful to frequently see your memory verse. A 3x5 card taped to a mirror or attached the fridge would work, but a DIY Dry Erase Board is so much prettier. Debbie from One Little Project has this DIY project down to 5 minutes and less than $5 dollars.  

Another beautiful thing about putting your verse front and center in a lovely frame, your kids will probably ask you about it and you will have a chance to share how you too need God and His promises in your life.

Image via One Little Project

What are some of the ways that you teach faith to your children? 

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Kristen is a wife and mother who likes to pretend that she can cook, write and create. She is a little compulsive when it comes to cleaning and organizing and has an ever growing love of dark chocolate, tea and Jane Austen. But mostly, she is a woman trying to figure out how to live a life she can be proud of.