3 Simple Ways to Grow Your Child’s Faith

by Raychel Chumley on July 31, 2014

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3 Simple Ways to Grow Your Child’s Faith

Confessions of a Not So Super Mom Series

By: Raychel Chumley

There is something amazing about the faith of a child. It’s awesome to witness! Kids are innocent, full of hope, completely trustful, and secure in the fact that God loves them. As a mom, it is my job to nurture and grow this faith.

It is a daunting job to say the least. But, even when I feel like a not so super mom I know I’m planting seeds of faith in my children’s lives. I know this becuase I follow a few simple rules I want to share with you that are easy are creative ways you can use to teach your child about God and grow your child’s faith. 

Believe it or not, I got some amazing insight into teaching my child faith from the book of Judges. I know what you are thinking…there is advice about teaching your child about God in the book of Judges? YES!! In the midst of the children of Israel disobeying, the battles, the victories, and the stories of the Judges comes some heavy words for all people who have influence over children and how to cultivate their childlike faith…or squash it.

“After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelite’s did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals.” (Judges 2:10)

There is a lesson there…did you catch it? Children will not learn about God through osmosis. It is up to us as their mothers (or Fathers!) to teach them. A whole generation of parents completely forget to tell their children about God and death and destruction awaited their children.

Allow me to share with you a little history lesson. This generation of parents in the book of Judges knew God delivered them from Egypt. They experienced God parting the Red Sea and the Jordan River to let them cross to safety. They enjoyed the victory of Jericho when the walls came tumbling down. These were people who experienced the awesome, miraculous work of God first hand…but, they failed to tell their children about it!

How does that happen? I for one think they simple got busy in all the conquering and moving and settling that they forgot the most important job they had…to pass on the goodness of God to the next generation. A whole generation of Israelites (God’s chosen people!) didn’t even know who He was! I know I forget sometimes and I’m not dealing with anything like these mothers were!

I don’t want that to be me! I want my children to know who God is and how much he loves them when they reach adulthood. I want them walking in confidence and faith secure in the knowledge that God has an incredible plan for their life. I know you do too.

Here are some creative ways that I use with my kids, that you can use with your own children to grow their faith. These tips will help you make sure you are passing on the gift of faith to the next generation:

  1. Share your story- Your children need to know the stories of Moses, Noah, Daniel, Esther, and Paul and the incredible lives they lived. They also need to know your story! Share with them how your first learned about God. Tell them how God has worked in your life. This is an incredible way to teach your child about God! We like to read Bible stories at night before bedtime and I share my own stories when it’s appropriate.
  2. Teach them how to pray- Teach your child how to pray out loud. It is incredible the amount of adults who are not comfortable praying out loud in front of other people. This might be you! Make it a priority to teach your children this incredible life-skill. When you pray at dinner and before bedtime have your child say their own prayer out loud- not just repeat after Mom or Dad. It will be a tangible way to watch their faith grow…and here what is really on the heart of your child. I have our little one’s pray out loud at dinner and at bedtime often.
  3. Enjoy God’s creation together- when you are outside, playing at the park, or enjoying the zoo spend some time talking about God’s creation. Make it natural for your child to find “God-Moments” in their day. Talk about how creative God must be to make all the pretty flowers, how amazing creation is, and how much fun God must have had creating all the animals. This is an easy one for all Moms and Dads to do!

These are some easy and creative ways you can teach your child about God. There is nothing more precious than the faith of a child! As a mom I take this role in my childs life very seriously…even on the day I’m feeling less than super mom. I hope these ideas sparked something inside you and gave you a greater vision for what it means to teach your child about God and grow your child’s faith. There really is no greater gift to our children than the gift of faith.

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Please leave your comments below! I would love to hear how YOU teach your child about God.

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Coach Raychel’s Favorite Marriage Books

by Raychel Chumley on July 24, 2014

 

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 Favorite Marriage Books

By: Raychel Chumley

 

Great marriages need great resources! It’s crazy to think you can build a strong, fun, and healthy relationship without a little help from others.  So today I want to share with you some of my favorite marriage resources. These resources are worth their weight in gold and I highly encourage you to add a few to your marriage “toolbox.”

 

  • Love and Respect: The Love She Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs” by Dr. Emmerson Eggerichs. This book reveals the power of unconditional love and respect that is often missing in most marriages. Learn how husbands and wives can apply these concepts and create a happy, healthy relationship.
  • “For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men” by Shaunti Feldhahn. This book will help women learn to provide loving support that men really need and want. It is grounded in Biblical truth and practical research to help you discover how to love your man for who he is-not who you think he is. (There is also a husbands edition called “For Men Only” that I hear is fantastic as well.)
  • “The Power of a Praying Wife” by Stormie Omartian. This devotional is packed with practical advice on praying for specific needs for your husband including: decision making, fears, spiritual strength, roles as father and leader, and faith.
  • “The Love Dare” by Stephen and Alex Kendrick. This is a powerful 40 day devotional experience that can be used by either a husband or a wife.  It is designed to help you unlock deep rooted beliefs about yourself and your spouse and start the process of restoration and health.
  • “I Love You More: How Everyday Problems Can Strengthen Your Marriage” by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. This book shows you how to turn prickly marriage issues into opportunities to love each other more as you learn to build intimacy in the midst of daily life.
  • Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge. An amazing read about the inner lives of men, masculinity, and how God created men different…on purpose. Every wife and mother of sons should read this book!
  • “Boundaries in Marriage” Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. Many marriage problems come from a lack of boundaries both in your personal life and in your marriage. I use this book a lot in my office with my clients. This is a GREAT read if you are experiencing difficulties in your marriage.

 

I hope this short list of books about marriage and marriage resources will be valuable to you. I know many of these have changed my marriage forever. Please leave a comment below to let me know what are some of your favorite books, websites, and resources that help you build a strong relationship. Let’s help each other out!

 

~Raychel

 

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