“How does your family deepen its relationship with Jesus at home?” That’s the question I’ve asked several parents like you. This month, I’d like to share Stephanie Greig’s reflections. She’s a good friend, the mother of two children, and lives in Richmond, Virginia. Okay Stephanie, tell us about your family’s faith life at home.
Being intentional as a mom is my framework for parenting my daughter, Riley. Deuteronomy 6 is the foundation of my frame work. It is my responsibility to show Riley how Jesus is everywhere and how He has been at work in my life as well as hers.
PRAYER: We try to pray before meals and before bed. I was a camp counselor for four summers and our favorites are “Come and Dine”, “Johnny Appleseed” and the “Superman Prayer”. At bedtime, I usually pray first and then I ask Riley what she wants to pray for. When Riley went through the terrible twos, we prayed a lot after the fourth or fifth time out. And I had her repeat this prayer. “God, help me make good choices.” Sometimes Riley will recite this prayer to herself.
DEVOTIONS: We try to read a devotional during breakfast. If we forget, we try for the next meal. I believe it’s important not to be too rigid or focused on the frequency we do devotions. We have to give ourselves grace. Because life happens. The devotional we currently use is Jesus Calling for kids.
BIBLE READING: We LOVE the Jesus story book Bible. We read one story every night before bed. When Riley went through a phase of not wanting to listen to a Bible story, I started to read a Bible story before naptime too and explained – if we didn’t read the Bible, we would forget how perfectly loved my God we are.
FORGIVENESS: After any consequence Riley receives, I make sure to tell her that I love her and that she is forgiven. It is so important for her to know that her worth and value come freely from Jesus and not on how “good” she can be.
BLESSINGS: I have written a short blessing that we say pretty frequently before bed, especially if Riley had a hard day. I have her cup her hands together to receive the promise of the blessing and have her repeat me. “I am good because Jesus loves me perfectly.”
And that’s how Stephanie and her family deepen their relationship with Jesus. As I’ve said before, there’s no one way to do it, because there are all sorts of options. And while it may seem daunting in this New Year, Jesus promises that he’s with you and for you as you face it.