You want to pass on your faith, but...
If you're honest, you aren't entirely sure you believe (or remember) all that stuff from Sunday School.
It seems like there are too many things to teach, and you wish your husband would just take over and do it.
You know your kids need to know and love God, but you struggle with integrating faith conversations consistently and you're afraid you'll just mess your kids up if you do it wrong.
So you're caught in the tension: you want to teach your kids about God and the Bible, but you don't want to feel like a hypocrite or feel like you're not doing enough...so you let it fall through the cracks.
You're in the right place.
I believe that EVERY Christian mom can confidently nurture deep faith roots in her kids through tiny habits that add up over time.
I believe that you are called to share the love of Jesus with your kids, whether or not your husband is involved. I believe that the easiest way to do this is to cultivate tiny, consistent habits that add up over time. These tiny habits will grow like roots in your family, and they allow you to be more creative and go deeper with your kids as you develop confidence in God's faithfulness and in your leadership skills.
What others are saying...
Love it! Thanks for the actionable tips.
Thank you, those are great ideas, I’ll definitely be giving them a try. I feel a little less overwhelmed. ?
Even though it can be so overwhelming to think of all the things I am “supposed” to be doing to make sure my kids grow up connected to Christ, you are able to break them down into the most manageable steps and, as the Lord does, you meet me where I am and guide me. Thank you so much for everything, Christie. You have helped me on my own spiritual journey as well as helping me help my kids. God bless you!
You have put into words many of my scattered thoughts today, and related it beautifully to faith.
Thank you so much for this post! It was an answer to something I’ve been consistently asking myself these last two months.
...you felt confident when teaching your kids to know and follow God.
...it felt natural to talk to your kids about God.
...you were actually able to stick to a faith habit that brought life to your family.
When you join the Little Shoots, Deep Roots community, you will learn to lead your kids spiritually through little faith habits, without feeling like you have to do it all or know it all.
I'm all about making family faith fun and simple so that your kids love it, and you can feel confident that you're nurturing deep faith roots in your family.
If I can, you can too...
When my kids were little, I desperately wanted to nurture deep faith roots in their lives, but I couldn't find the right tools. I flitted from creative idea to devotional book to the next big idea, but I had no routines. I never got past day 5 of a devotional book, I couldn't remember to pray for my kids at night, and I felt like a failure.
I was the Children's Ministry Director at my church and I couldn't even figure out how to teach my own kids about God consistently! Deep down, I wanted my husband to simply take over and be the spiritual leader so I wouldn't have to change, but I learned early on in our marriage that he wanted to leave the direct teaching to me.
Little by little, I began to recognize the power of tiny little faith habits in our lives. I learned how to tuck in a 30-second prayer at bedtime and was delighted when that tiny habit eventually led to a robust nightly conversation about faith. I researched habit formation and found a way to make morning devotional time a habit for us.
Through it all, I discovered that tiny little faith habits are the best tools for growing deep faith roots in my family. They provided the structure we needed, freeing me up to get creative and have fun.
I finally tuned out the voices telling me that I had to do big things in order for my family to thrive spiritually, and I learned to trust in God's calling on my life as the spiritual leader of my children.
We still have a lot to learn, but by God's grace, we are growing roots that will last.
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Other websites I've written for:
The Boymom Podcast: Bible Devotions for Boys of All Ages
Hearts At Rest Podcast: Pep Talk for Weary Moms
The Simply Stories Podcast: Stories of Raising a Family, Partnering in Parenting, and Seeking God in All Seasons
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