Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Foundation Of Faith (our Family)

Welcome to my 31 Days to Create Purpose in your home!  During the month of October, I am posting every day about creating purpose in your home and joining all of these bloggers who are also posting for 31 days on a topic of their choice.  I would love for you to follow me, and check out all of the other posts in the series and the introduction to it here.

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Our home needs to be built on faith.  As a family, this looks different in each stage.  Now with a toddler and a baby, it is demonstrating and involving them in things.  Like bringing them to church, praying with them, talking to them about God.  Teaching them about God right along side of the ABC's.  As they get older, it will continue to be an intentional teaching, along side of allowing them to explore and develop their own faith.

In our previous home we had this picture on the wall when you first opened the door.  It was a daily reminder to us.  I can't wait to get a new verse up on a wall in our new home, which sadly still has empty walls, but that is another story.


Here are 5 ways to build a foundation of faith in your family

1. Do Spiritual Things Together

Go to church, pray together, talk about God.  This may seem like a no brainer, but doing these things with your children now when they are younger is important.  Serve others together, don't just talk about God, but live it along side and with your kids.

2. Pray For Your Children

It is such a simple thing, but often can be overlooked.  Make sure that you are taking the time to pray for your kids and family.  Pray for them now, pray for their future. pray for their social group.  Prayer is so critical.  Surround your kids and family with it.

3. Always Point Out Where and When God is Working

God is ALWAYS at work in our lives.  Kids love to know how!  If you have been praying for something, when it happens make a point to tell your kids.  Take every opportunity to remind them how awesome God is, it will also help to remind you.

4. Get Advice From Others Who Have Been There

Find older families who can speak wisdom into your life who have already been there.  People who can pray for you and support you.  Also, check out resources to help you on your journey.  Books, classes etc.  I am personally going to recommend Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony (see below).  Not only is this a great book, but she (and her hubby) were college professors of myself and my hubby.  Their house may have been toilet papered once or twice due to us.  Honestly though, its a great book, and will give you some great insight on this topic.  There are ton of resources out there, use them!



5. Find A Good Community

You don't have to do it alone.  Find other families, other people who believe the same as you do.  They can encourage and support you along the way.  It i so important to have this.  People you can parent along side, who can poor into your kids also.  It is important as your kids grow up that they have other trusted adults to go to who will point them towards God.

Cheers!

Ashley

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