I’m expanding on my list of “top beliefs and values that we should be teaching our children”. In my blog, How to Raise Great Children In This World Today – Part 2, I have 18 items mentioned and now I want to go into greater detail on each of these.
One of the most important things that I believe we should teach our children is about the power of prayer. I believe that praying together every day with your children is a gift you can give them that will stay with them a lifetime. It will bring them peace, joy, comfort and it will bring them closer to Our Creator.
If you’re not used to praying, you can start praying at each meal, when they wake up and when they go to bed. It is important to teach our children that when we pray, God hears us and will answer our prayers.
It says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “Pray without ceasing.” This is something that as mothers, I feel, we are called to do.
Next, I believe we need to teach our children about Jesus and to teach them the Word of God.
In 2 Timothy 3:15, Timothy was blessed with something very valuable. The apostle Paul reminded him, "From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation" That is just amazing! Even before reaching adulthood, Timothy was already familiar with the writings of God's Holy Word--His instruction book! How much was that worth? It’s priceless!
And in Deuteronomy 6:5 it says: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength." To successfully teach our children or grandchildren, we must fully love God's ways ourselves.
And then in verses 6-7 it says: "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up". Wow! This is clearly a very important topic that God is trying to teach us moms!
I believed in this so much, that every day, I would spend hours and hours teaching my little guy to learn The Word of God--and he did--as early as 20 months old.
Lastly, let’s teach our children to love others and to be kind. I received an email recently from a wise mother. She told me the importance of how actions speak much louder than words do.
After my most recent book came out, I was so busy blogging, Facebooking, answering emails, doing radio interviews, and not taking care of myself (not eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep) that I really messed up my hormones. I became a mom who was exhausted and not happy. I started yelling at my kids on a daily basis. I’m sharing this with you in hopes of preventing another mom from falling into to the devil’s trap as I did.
I was telling my children to love others and to be kind, but I wasn’t doing a very good job showing them at all. I believe God had this women write to me to open my own eyes. I needed to start taking care of myself and to start teaching my kids by my actions and not just by my words.
I will continue detailing each of the points I brought up on my list of “How to Raise Great Children In This World Today”…and as always, I’d love to hear from you.
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