How I’m Sharing My Faith with My Daughter
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I didn’t grow up in a Christian home (here’s the story of how I came to Christ). I want Emma to start off her life knowing the stories of the Bible and all about God’s love for her and others! But… how exactly am I supposed to do that? It’s a big job to be a good example when those curious eyes are always watching. Other than letting her see me do the work every day, here’s how I’m sharing my faith with my daughter.
A Note about Faith
My faith is not Emma’s. I can’t do anything to guarantee she’ll decide to be a lifelong Christian. And growing up in a Christian home doesn’t make her a Christian. That will happen when she gives her life to Jesus by her own choice. Ignoring her ability to chose, or trying to give her a part of my own faith, would be a disservice to her as an adult. I want to honor her future choice by giving her as much information as I can, and by showing her what a Christian doing her best looks like!
This is the main way I’m sharing my faith with my daughter! I want her to know the stories of the Bible, which I had to learn after I accepted Jesus. We have a young children’s version gifted to us by our home church. At bedtime, we’ll read through a quick story then talk about it. I love how every chapter ends with “and God loves me!” Emma loves reading that part together.
I listen to worship music on my cute little Bluetooth speaker while I clean and work. (I love that little speaker, because I only have to charge it every few weeks! And it was so inexpensive.) Emma loves to dance to the music when she gets bored. Now that she’s four, she’s starting to get interested in the words. Singing those worship songs to her is a wonderful way I’m sharing my faith with my daughter.
It’s a good thing I get all that practice singing worship songs, because I sing them at bedtime too! And at Christmastime, I sing my favorite Christmas carols like Silent Night. Emma’s starting to learn the the words to these songs too. And I like thinking that the last thing she hears before she falls asleep is praising God and singing about his love!
TV Shows & Movies
We’ve watched a few animated movies together, and VeggieTales is one of her favorite shows! There’s also a new Netflix movie called The Star that we loved (and have watched a hundred times or so). I also make sure her other TV shows meet standards that I’m comfortable with.
Emma loves to pray! Every night, she chooses someone to pray for, and helps me remember how to pray for them It’s so sweet to hear her little voice petitioning God on behalf of the people she loves. And as she gets older, seeing prayers answered is the most powerful way I’m sharing my faith with my daughter.
How do you share your faith with your kids? Tell me in the comments?
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