How does your family connect with Jesus?
Over mealtime prayers? Before bedtime? At church on Sundays?
The key to a lasting relationship with Jesus is making Him a valued member of your family and connecting with Him every chance you get, by bringing more Jesus into every day — not just on Sunday.
Begin and end each day with prayer. Ask God for His protection, His help in making good choices, and for opportunities to share His love.
Make every day Thanksgiving Day. When you focus on gratitude, you’ll feel even closer to Jesus’s love. Dinnertime is a great time to take turns sharing what you’re grateful for.
Bring personal meaning to God’s Word. Choose a specific verse, or Bible story, to set a theme for your family’s week. Read the verse(s) aloud each day, discussing how this verse or story applies to your lives at home, work, or school.
Embrace visual reminders of your faith. Hang a “Jesus Loves You” poster on your child’s door. Place a cross or faith-based motto where it will encourage prayer. You can even wear inspirational items as reminders and as a way to share the message of Jesus’s love.
Take a Jesus-first approach to problem solving. When your child encounters a bully or struggles with her science fair project, how do you respond? When the dog is lost, your job is in jeopardy, or a family member is sick, how do you frame the conversation to your children?
When you point to Jesus in the midst of trouble instead of throwing your hands up in frustration, kids will notice. Faith means trusting God when the going gets tough, and it is important for your kids to see your Christian values in action.
Do unto others. Find ways to give back together as a family. That could mean volunteering at a soup kitchen, helping out at church, or sponsoring a child in need. Involve the kids in decision-making, and spend time talking about the importance of passing the love of Jesus to others with our time, effort, talents, and gifts.
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