Faith Tool Focus
Your family is searching for transformation, though they might not phrase it like that. They might say, "I wish we did more things together" or they might ask, "Why don't we ever pray together?" When our kids ask those kinds of questions, they're looking for us to create moments of transformation, opportunities to connect family together, and grow closer to God.
As our children get older, our conversations with them change. We use different language with younger children, and we discuss more abstract concepts with our older teens. Connecting with our kids is essential, but it's not always easy.
Writing letters to our children is an effective way to share deep ideas with them in a way that isn't awkward. Look for moments when you see God working in your child, and then write them a letter about what you're seeing. Birthdays, baptismal birthday, and events like heading off to camp or a mission trip are all good opportunities to write a letter.
As you write your child a letter, consider these guiding ideas.
Faith Tool Focus
"Testifying" doesn't have to be about standing at a microphone and giving your testimony. You don't have to walk up to a stranger and start an evangelism conversation to testify, either. Testifying is simply taking the opportunity to share the goodness of God in your life. When we engage in "testifying moments" with our students, we're helping them see the power of remembering God's actions in our lives.
God is present and at work in our lives and the world every second, yet we are rarely aware of God's presence. One simple tradition that you can start as a family is to create a daily habit of sharing "God Sightings."
Start the tradition of sharing moments when each of you has "seen God" as you've walked along in life. This sharing can happen at breakfast, before you go to bed, or at any other opportune time when the entire family is together. Use this tradition to build stronger God talk and proved space for testimony in your home.
Use these questions to help guide your sharing:
We will use this space as a follow-up to our Sunday morning discussions. If you're unable to make it to one of the Sunday morning discussions we'll also post a brief summary here as well as some specific questions or activities you can do with your family.
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