Discipleship in the home is one of the greatest privileges as a parent. God entrusted you to be the first introduction of him to your kids and that is SO unbelievably special. But – it can feel overwhelming, right?
You might be asking yourself where do I even start? How do I disciple my kids? What even is discipleship?
First and foremost, discipleship is simply the process of making someone become like Christ. Aside from including Christ in your daily conversation and activities, here are 4 easy and practical ways to include discipleship in your home:
This is something we just started doing and the kids LOVE it.
There are lots of Youtube videos and resources that share what to include in a morning basket but we do some variation of:
- Read a page in the kids’ bible
- Talk about a characteristic of God that we will revisit throughout the day
- Do 3 Listener Kids songs on youtube (linked here!)
- Pray over our day
FAMILY BIBLE VERSE MEMORIZATION
Family Bible verse memorization is another thing we just started! Bible verse memorization is not just for kids church. Memorizing scripture as a family is so, so powerful. I still know verses by heart that I memorized as a kid. Etsy has a lot of awesome resources, or you can make it up as you go!
We decided to do a monthly memory verse. I picked one out, wrote it out, and hung it on the wall next to our dining table. We recite it in the morning, at dinner, and throughout the day.
I also make sure to talk through each word in the verse so the kids really understand what it means. We break it down in a way they understand so they aren’t just memorizing words, but really getting the heart of their Savior embedded into their minds and hearts.
TAKE TURNS PRAYING OVER MEALS
Growing up my dad always prayed over our meals together. There is nothing wrong with that, but I also am realizing that now more than ever, our kids have to be confident in their faith and that’s our responsibility.
So if we want to raise our kids to be bold and confident in their faith, we have to give them safe spaces to practice being bold and confident.
For some reason, praying out loud is so scary for so many Christians, but the Bible teaches us to come boldly to the Throne of Grace and ask for what we need.
Mealtimes are an awesome opportunity to give our children a safe space to practice praying and for us to teach them how to pray not just by demonstrating, but by handing over the reins and letting them practice.
HAVE YOUR DEVOTIONAL TIME IN FRONT OF THEM
Jesus said let the children come to me. If Jesus made space, we should too.
By far the easiest form of discipleship is simply modeling for our children what it looks like to be a disciple of Christ.
If discipleship is making someone become like Christ, then show them how you yourself are becoming more like Christ.
Let them sit next to you, talk to them about what you’re reading, encourage them to grab their bible and invite them to read with you.
When it comes to discipleship, just start somewhere. Start with one thing and let the Holy Spirit guide you and your spouse together as you disciple your children and teach them to become more like Christ.
You don’t have to know all the answers and there is no one perfect way to disciple your children. God is proud of your efforts and He will fill the gaps where you fall short. Just do your best with what you’ve got and surrender the rest to Him.
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