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Here’s some ideas to help your kids grow spiritually this summer!
- Visit a mission site or take the kids to serve at a local rescue mission. (Use this as a teachable moment to talk about generosity and how Christians can be the answer to the tangible needs in our city)
- Plant flowers or build a garden in the backyard. (Use it as a teachable moment to talk about God’s creation and the way he planned our world)
- Set a summer reading plan. Make a chart and challenge your kids to read a certain number of books each week. Even better – read a book together. Make it like a Bible study without calling it a Bible study.
- Write a family memory verse in the kitchen. Google “Bible verse games” or “kids memory verses.” Reward each person who has memorized it by Friday night dinner.
- Donate old books or toys to less fortunate kids. Let your children choose where they want to donate the items. Get the kids involved in organizing and packing the books for delivery.
- Print out the words to some of your family’s favorite Christian songs. Most of the artists we play on our radio station have lyric videos on Youtube you can watch as a family and talk about the words in the songs.
- Ask each child to make a summer prayer list. Challenge your kids to pray BOLD prayers this summer. List friends & family you want to pray for too! At the end of the summer you’ll get to look back on every prayer that God answered. You’ll probably be surprised what you notice!
- Ask your kids to write a list of questions about God. Look up the answers together. (Use this as a teachable moment about generosity & faith)
“Vibrant households stand out in that they have meaningful, fun, quality time with both their housemates and extended household members,” the research said. “…
- Come together for games (32%).
- Meals (63% eat breakfast together… 75% eat dinner together)
- Share their feelings (59%) on almost a daily basis.
The More I Verbalize What I Am Thankful for the less cloudy my heart feels!– Lisa TerKeurst
Spiritual Fullness in Christ
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. – Colossians 2:6-7
“Faith: Believing in Something, when Common Sense Tells You Not To.”
Someone added to the above quote with… “strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.”
Faith is confidence or trust in a particular system of religious belief, in which faith may equate to confidence based on some perceived degree of warrant. Wikipedia
Faith is trust, assurance and confidence in God. Living faith is shown by service and obedience to God. God will increase our faith if we fervently ask and draw close to Him.
I remember once having a conversation with a doctor about spiritual warfare. She said to me, “When there is a condition in your body, you need to know its correct medical name so you can pray for it accurately.” Then smugly, she added, “As someone who has been in the army before, you should know that the most important military strategy is to know your enemy.” I smiled at her and replied, “Actually, I believe the most important strategy is not to know your enemy, but to know your commander in chief and His directives for you.” Beloved, let us not be conscious about what the devil is doing, but of what our commander in chief, Jesus, has already done for us at Calvary. Amen!
(J Prince Ministries)