With this new year, many of us are writing our goals. We know that writing down the goals for the year ahead will help us to reach them. We need the push and accountability that written goals produce. It’s important to have goals for our family and children, in particular.
If you are a Christian, your goals will include spiritual things that you want to accomplish or improve in. When my children were younger, I liked to write out Biblical goals for my children. These were the things that I wanted to see my children grow in throughout the year.
After writing them down, I could then discuss some of them with the child and teach them or guide them in ways that allowed this development to be more likely. Through gentle encouragement, many of these goals were met.
One goal that is easy to reach is that of learning more about God. Learning about God can occur by: reading the Bible, attending church, reading Bible story books, watching Bible tv shows or movies, or just talking about God throughout the day. Learning about God should be a natural thing in families: mention His creation when you’re outside with nature, saying a blessing before meals, sharing with children during devotions or letting children tell what they think about God.
Another goal is to have scripture memorization become a regular part of their life. There are tons of scripture memorization clubs and programs for kids. Churches have groups like: Awana, RA’s and GA’s, Word of Life Clubs, and many more. These are all good and reward kids for scripture memorization. If your children aren’t in a club, it’s easy to set up a program at home. Parents can select a verse and learn it together as a family. Making index cards or larger pictures of the verse will keep the verse forefront for everyone to see. Families can practice the verse together when they have family time, riding in the car, or waiting for sports or ballet practice.
The third goal that is important is to learn to pray and spend time in prayer. Most of us taught our children a simple prayer to say before meals or at bedtime. This encourages the habit of praying. As they grow older, they can learn what prayer really is: talking to God. There are books that teach children to pray, the Bible has many ways to describe prayer (the model prayer/Lord’s Prayer), and they will learn by listening to other people’s prayers. Another way to encourage this is to have prayer journals. They can write down their prayer requests and record the answers to prayer. This also teaches them to pray for others in their family, town, country, and throughout the world.a Rafflecopter giveaway Family Discipleship is important and we want to be sure that you have help in teaching your family to seek Christ in all that they do! That doesn’t stop when it comes to entertainment. Having Christ-Centered and Biblical sound options helps ensure that our hearts and minds are stayed on Christ, and not so easily consumed by the things of the world. This Christ-Centered Family Entertainment Pack Giveaway has something for everyone! To enter for your chance to win, simply use the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway ends September 22nd, 2020, at 11:59 pm ET. Must be at least 18 years of age. Must be a resident of U.S. or Canada to enter. Selected winners will have 48 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prizes or another winner will be drawn. You are responsible for reading the Terms and Conditions on the Rafflecopter form before entering. This post is in partnership with Before the Wrath movie and Minno. This giveaway is possible because of the generosity of our sponsors; Lifeschooling Conference, Minno, Before the Wrath movie, Heart and Soul Homeschooling, The Frugal Grandmom, They Call Me Blessed, Clarrisa R. West, Peace Creek on the Prairie, Beyond the Stick Figure, Sound Foundations Homeschool, Whole Child Homeschool, Homegrown Motherhood, and Fun With A Message.
What are some Biblical goals you have for your children? Do you have a method or plan for reaching the goals? I would love to hear how you plan goals.
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