Tuesday, May 22, 2012

31 Ways to Inspire Your Children

  1. Choose your battles wisely ~ give patience where patience is due, and continually ask God for wisdom in discipline.
  2. While your children are growing, pray often for their salvation, as the prophet Isaiah wrote, "Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it." ~ Isaiah 45:8
  3. Give children age appropriate responsibilities teaching them to care for the things God gives us.
  4. Each child is individual; pray that God will help you in developing that individual character.
  5. Listen to how your children speak, and encourage them to choose words wisely at school and at home. It’s important to teach them to bridle their tongue.
  6. Set standards for your children as you teach them the importance of modest dress. They should represent themselves as holy and acceptable unto God.
  7. Never forget to tell your children you’re proud of them. Don’t assume that they already know how you feel.
  8. Teach your child to tithe by suggesting that they take one tenth of their allowance to put aside for church offering. Also teach them that we can give in additional ways such as donating old toys and clothes to the poor.
  9. Pray often that your children will long to please God, and that they will desire to walk in His ways as the Psalmist wrote, "More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold, sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb." ~ Psalm 19:10
  10. Pray over your children while they are sleeping. With a heart like Hannah, give them over to God.
  11. Start notebooks for each of your children, and together journal the changing world around us. Take note of the tiniest detail in God’s creation. Babies. Snowflakes. Lady Bugs…
  12. Keep a running list of prayer requests and pray together as a family often.
  13. Bible reading is a wonderful way to spend time together as a family. Make it a routine in your home.
  14. Visit relatives often to show children the value of relationships.
  15. Choose a character from the Bible and after reading the story together discuss how that message relates to your child today.
  16. Give time to your children each day. The time you give makes the words you speak of more value to them.
  17. Bring your children to church and help them seek out ways to get involved.
  18. Be an example to your children of one who loves her neighbor as herself through random acts of kindness. Lend a helping hand to a busy neighbor, or take time out of a busy day to simply say hello.
  19. Try counting the stars on a clear night to show your child how vast God’s creation is.
  20. Laughter is medicine for the soul ~ laugh often with your children.
  21. Smile often, and let kindness be a cloak you wear as an example to your children.
  22. Don’t just tell your children that you love them ~ tell them what you love about them.
  23. Pray for purity in the hearts of your children, and the renewing of their spirit as the Psalmist wrote, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." ~ Psalm 51:10
  24. Take opportunities to give thanks by taking turns around the dinner table to express what you are thankful for.
  25. Encourage praise reports and prayer requests on a regular basis. 
  26. Be an example to your children in the way that you love and honor your husband.
  27. Enlighten your children to the world around them by supporting missions and teaching them that there is a world both hungry for food and hungry for God. Pray that they will have a heart for missions.
  28. Take opportunities to hug your children often, to hold their hands, or to rest an assuring hand on their shoulder.
  29. Show your children that you appreciate them by doing something special just for them, like making their favorite meal, or taking them out for an ice cream.
  30. As you watch your child grow, pray for meekness in that young spirit--a spirit that will grow in the likeness of Christ. As Paul wrote to the Ephesians in chapter 4:2, "With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love."
  31. Make it a habit to learn scripture together. Children learn best from example. 

You are loved by an almighty God,


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