Monday, April 11, 2016

Incorporating Christ Into Your Toddlers Day

The one thing my husband and I never disagree on is that  God is the foundation of our home and of our family. Since we have children it is essential that we build our family on a solid spiritual foundation; on the word on God. Our first child is 2 years old, and I think its important to incorporate Christianity throughout the day. We are in a spiritual battle every single day of our lives and our children are included. Children are an easy target for the devil. Children are so trusting and easily influenced. Start right now, teaching your children about Jesus.  1 Peter 5:8 tells us “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” That verse is one of many that tells us this is very serious and should not be taken lightly.

Toddlers are growing everyday and absorbing information quickly. They are so smart and will learn/ retain anything you teach them. Teach on their level, explain in ways they will understand. Set a firm foundation starting right now! Here are some ways you can include Jesus in the everyday life of a toddler.

Set an Example
I learned quickly that your children are always watching you and that they want to be just like you. You are the first to really influence your children. If you think they are not watching and learning from you, you are wrong! My daughter copies everything that mommy and daddy does. She prays, opens her daddy's bible while pretending to read and sings "Jesus Love's Me" to her baby brother. She also is a bossy little firecracker, that definitely comes from me, but I am working on that one although I do partially blame it on my Latin blood! Enough said, incorporating Jesus into your children's every day life starts with you.

Prayer is so powerful! It is our direct contact with God. Pray for your family, pray for your children and pray with your children! 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tell us to pray without ceasing!You can pray anytime and anywhere, but meal times and bed time is a great opportunity to pray and give thanks with your toddler. Prayer is essential to our Christian walk and relationship with Jesus. It is important for your children to learn to talk with God, and for them to know they can do it at anytime and anywhere.

Read the Bible/ Tell Stories
My daughter is slowly starting to let us read to her, but up into this point she was not interested. That's OK, you can still tell stories and talk to your children. There are wonderful crafts and toys out there that incorporate Bible stories. If your toddler doesn't mind reading, there are wonderful Bible's for toddlers that shorten stories that will capture their short attention spans. The Bible contains pure truth about God, about life, the nature of mankind and our own hearts as human beings. It is essential in knowing God and and His will for our lives.

My husband and I love music, and my daughter has developed a love for music as well. She continues to amaze me with how quick she can memorize the lyrics. Music can be very uplifting and a great way for your children to learn more about Jesus. 

Attend church
Its not always easy or even motivating to dress everyone for church, and constantly bounce your baby on your lap so he/she will not cry during the sermon, but going to church as a family is very important and worth the effort. Belonging to a community of believers is important for the whole family. Members of the body of Christ gather together to worship, support one another, learn and grow together. It will strengthen the entire family.
Your children will learn to worship with others, become active members , and learn that they are an integral part of the church, and that their prayers and songs are a joyful noise to the Lord and that it does matter.

Guard Your Home and Children
A Godly family is the foundation of productive society and Satan is out to destroy it! He wants nothing more then to destroy our marriage and families. Be very careful to not allow Satan into our homes. He is sly and will slip into our homes unnoticed at first. He can come in our front door through games, toys, music, the internet, books and so much more. Teach your children to use discretion from a young age. Teach your children a Biblical attitude towards evil before they become attracted to and tempted by everything this world has to offer.

Children are indeed a blessing from the Lord, but children come with a great responsibility. Work hard at keeping Jesus in your everyday life and your family's daily life.

" Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
Proverbs 22:6


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