Thursday, September 17, 2015

September 18, 2015

"Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up" Deuteronomy 6:7

If you are committed to Raising Home Run Kids, you must intentionally commit time to that worthy task. It may be impossible to commit too much time to teaching your kids how to connect with God at Home Plate and know how to win with God. Plan your time and your days to be able grab quality moments with your children.

Talking (and listening) requires time and attention. How much time? Look at the Scripture, "when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up". Basically, God says to wake up talking about His commands, look for "teachable moments" all through the day and talk about them at bedtime!

This suggests an intentional plan for talking about spiritual truths.

"When you sit at home"

To me, this suggests the importance of re-establishing the dinner table and developing a strategy of doing meals together. Significant bonding can happen over family meals.

"when you walk along the road"

While some spiritual conversations are scheduled other times parents should look for teachable moments during the course of the day. Perhaps while traveling you notice a rainbow or an eagle soaring high in the sky. You may seize on that moment to marvel over creation. Always be on the look out for those unscripted opportunities to offer life lessons.

"when you lie down"

Bedtime for your kids is a custom-made opportunity to pray with them and send them off to sleep thinking about Jesus and feeling safe in God's care.

"when you rise up"

Awaken with a praise on your heart and a word of praise to share with your family is a wonderful to start the day!

Words are powerful! The Word is even more penetrating. No wonder God, through Moses, instructs His people to speak blessings into the lives of their children. They were to do it intentionally and consistently. So are you!

Do you have a plan to talk to your kids today?