Thursday, October 19, 2006

More Mops Notes

Awhile ago my sister asked my to blog a little bit about one of the seminars I attended at the MOPS convention in Nashville. I did a couple of posts about it here and here. The one that she was asking about was "Daily Discipleship: Intentional Spiritual Development of Your Child". So here are a few of my notes on the subject.
The speaker opened with a few statistics.
  • 27% of churched youth have experienced either family devotions, prayer, or Bible readind in the home.
  • 29 % of churched youth have experienced a family service project.
  • 40% of churched youth view their mom as being "very religious".
  • 28% of churched youth haved talked with their mom about faith.

"Most certainly father and mother are apostles, bishops, and priests to their children, for it is they who make them acquainted with the gospel." - Martian Luther. As moms we need to reinstate the home as the chief place where faith is to be nurtured. We are to model our faith to our children.Some practical ways we can do that is

  • share your stories of faith with your children
  • remember God's comfort
  • celebrate God's coincidences
  • discuss tangible examples of faith
  • make your home a house of prayer
  • pray around regular events, meals, bedtime, leaving for school, ect.
  • let your children here your sponatneous prayers
  • pray using the Bible as a guide.

There are lots of opportunities available to use as a spiritual lesson. Anytime you are in the car listen to praise music. When they are sick pray with them. At bed time ask them questions and even crawl in bed with them and talk. Use stuffed animals to tell stories from the Bible. Use your vacations to help others in need.

These were some of the suggestions that were shared as ways to help your child develop spiritually. I'll leave you with this verse from Deuteronomy 6:4 "Nurturing faith begins with the heart of the parent."

3 comments:

Billy said...

Thanks for sharing your your note, I like these thoughts. I think our culture encourages families to pass off education, spiritual and academic, to organizations outside the home. We expect school and church to teach our kid what they need to know. This stuff really needs to start with Mom and Dad in the home.

ShaggaBear said...

I'm part of that 40% who thinks my mom is "very religous." :)

Good thoughts. It has to be a consious, intentional part of our day to include God and prayer.

Mama Lily said...

thank you for sharing. This is a good reminder of what is really important and ideas of how to implement it.