HOW DOES IT WORK AT HOME?
As parents, grandparents, and caregivers our focus is on taking care of the well being of the little ones we love. With all of life’s demands, at times it can seem like all of our energy is consumed simply by making sure everyone is fed, clothed, healthy, safe and well…alive. In the meantime we are also making our best efforts to raise mature, well-rounded, successful human beings who know the difference between right and wrong and who not only know how to make right choices, but who actually make them.
Any parent would tell you that it is no easy feat to care for one child, let alone multiples. As we take life one day at a time and do our very best along the way, we must also recognize that as awesome as we may ever become at answering the tricky questions, preventing (or cleaning up) disasters, or finally nailing that perfect schedule or routine, at the end of the day, we still need help. The Bible says to, “Point your kids in the right direction [so that] when they’re old they won’t be lost.” (Proverbs 22:6, The Message) We can take care of our kids’ natural needs and set them up for success in every physical way, which is good and necessary. What cannot be overshadowed, however, is that while their little bodies and brains are developing, their spirit is alive and well too! We know that Scientifically through the first three years of life, the foundation for how a person will see their own life and view the world is already being solidified within them–FROM DAY ONE!
So how do we, as parents, invest into the very hearts–identity, purpose, emotional health, ability to trust and discern truth–of our children in a practical way? That’s why we’re here. Take a look below at just some of the ways that you can begin or continue to develop a culture of inner security, safety, courage, and validation in your home and in the very lives of the most precious treasures in your life.
Make it Normal
Just like we encourage positive language and behavior from our kids, we can make the Word of God a part of our “normal” every day lives too. Just as you may focus on practicing the importance of having good manners or expressing gratitude, begin to communicate what God says about the people in your home. Make it a family habit to only see and say what God sees about the valuable individuals surrounding you. As you do this and it becomes more of a natural part of your communication style, you will notice how the environment changes and how those in it begin to respond to their God-given identity and purpose.
Be Practical about It.
Incorportate identity statements into what you already do. Read a few flash cards as part of meal time or bed time prayers. Hang them on the fridge as a reminder to feed your family’s hearts as you also feed their bodies. Place them on mirrors or bathroom walls so that as your family sees themselves, they are reminded of how God sees them too.
Whatever you do in a practical sense, think of simple ways to incorporate the TRUTH!
In our day and age of tech-savvy toddlers, you can take the Truth mobile too! Many of our products (flash cards, wall hangings) can be viewed digitally on any computer, tablet, or smart phone. Load up the God’s Creation Flash Cards and swipe through colorful and vibrant animal photos while you read the identity statements over them that speak right to the heart of who God created them to be.
Make it Fun
Especially if you’ve got busy little ones running around, make the Truth fun and interactive. We’ve got an ever-expanding library of hands-on, creative ways to help you enjoy your play times while still investing into them by speaking life.
Saturate the Atmosphere
Make your home a place where the very airwaves are saturated with the love and truth of God’s Word. We’ve created an audio resource where identity statements are being read to soothing background music. This is great for bed time, in the car, or even during play! We’ve heard and witnessed how simply playing these truths in the background of a room can shift the moods and behaviors of children within mere moments. Wow!
Here are some more fun ideas for bringing truth to life in your home!
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