If you are joining me here today from the Proverbs 31 “Encouragement for Today” welcome!
We all want our child to grasp hold of our faith, but sometimes it seems hard to know how to do this in a way that they can receive. I often make the mistake of wanting them to understand and act on my faith like I do…but they are only teens! As my husband says, “You expect her to have the faith of a 44 year old when she’s only 14!”
So how can we pour truth into their hearts in a gentle flow and not a fire hose? Here are some ideas that work for me:
1) Share what God is doing in your own life.
One of my favorite parts of the day is sitting down with one of my girls and hearing about what happened in their day. Even better is when that is over a Starbucks’s (which is why today, I am giving away a Starbuck’s gift card to one commenter!) Last Friday we made it a Chick-fil-a peppermint shake for the holidays!
When I give them my undivided attention to hear about their day, it opens a door for me to then share with them about mine. I try to specifically share what God is doing in my life or teaching me. In this way, I’m not really teaching but sharing which seems to go over well!
2) Reading God’s word
Each morning as my girls are eating their breakfast, I read to them out of a daily devotional. This works really well because I have a captive audience! I am really excited because next year at this time I will be able to read to them from my new book being released in September “A Revolutionary Year: 365 Devotions for the Radical Girl”.
3) Having a small group with their friends
Every other Monday, Madi and five of her freshman girlfriends come over and we study God’s word together. Right now we are going through “His Revolutionary Love”. This is a great way to teach my girl and those in her life about Jesus’ crazy love for them as well as a way to be in touch with the in’s and out’s of teen life.
Would you consider investing in your child and a group of their friends? The start of the new year would be just the time to get a group like this started and I’d love to help! Just click here for your free leadership guide to “His Revolutionary Love” and well as other free resources. This group might be just the thing to put a smile on your face as well as your girl’s in what for some is a long month!
Today, I’m giving away a copy of my CD “Building a Bridge to Your Child’s Heart” as well as a $10 Starbucks gift card to one person who shares. Let us know how you share God’s word with your child by clicking on “comments” below. If your Christmas to do list is just too long for that, just say “I’m in!” Be sure to leave me your email address to I can let you know that you are a winner!