Teachable children are sensitive to God’s prodding as well as to parental influence. Not only does faith support our work as parents, but it’s our most important subject matter. Equipping children with a faith relationship is a gift that will bless them their whole lives. Story is an easy way to bridge a faith relationship with children. Jesus often teaches through story in the Bible—it’s an effective way we learn. Further, children’s book illustrations can captivate children and draw them in.
Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of the Jesus Storybook Bible that’s sold over three million copies, speaks about the power of story on my show. Sally says that storytime is not about parents having the perfect teaching points or answers; rather, it’s about planting seeds. A powerful story is something that will naturally grow inside of a child and take root on its own. All that’s needed from parents is setting aside the time to read together—something that’s easier with less scheduled activities right now! Our commitment to engage faith acknowledges that parents don’t just raise children, we shape souls.
Proverbs 22:6 states, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” While we cannot control our children’s choices later in life, this passage reflects the sacred responsibility we have now that can impact the future. With these five tips in mind, we can put our best foot forward for God and our families.
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Rev. Noelle Kirchner, MDiv., believes we don’t have to live with full schedules and thin souls. A busy mom of three boys, she is passionate about making faith fresh and relevant. Noelle is a graduate of Princeton Seminary and an ordained Presbyterian minister who has served in churches for over ten years. She has written for places like the TODAY Show Parenting Team, Huff Post Parents, The Laundry Moms, and (in)courage. Her faith and family cable television show, Chaos to Calm, features parenting hot topics and has hosted three New York Times bestselling authors and one Emmy Award-winning journalist. Watch her episodes or sermons, connect with her on social media, and follow her blog by visiting her website, or receive her free devotional e-book.