4 Simple Ways to Include God in Your Child’s Day
Daily life, especially SAHM life, can really get monotonous sometimes! Not in the way that we deal with the same stuff every day–you know that’s not right!–but in the sense that we can fall into our normal routines of fighting to get teeth brushed or shoes on, rushing out the door, trying to find something educational or engaging for our little ones so we don’t feel like awful moms… Like that. What I have found is that it is easy to get caught up in all of the little things and forget to invite God into our day. Through some of the stuff that I am awesome at, and some I fall short in all. the. time., I came up with these four super simple ways that you can include God in your child’s day in a way they can understand and appreciate.
Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you – 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
And I will do whatever you ask in My Name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son – John 14:13
Let Them See You Pray
When your child sees your pray, many things happen. First of all, you are modeling appropriate Christian behavior, which they will surely pick up on over time. Also, when your child sees you ask God for something, they will know that they can trust God, that you aren’t perfect, and that when they can’t do something on their own it is okay to ask for help (and they will know the best place to go!). It is our job to equip our children with the tools they will need throughout their lives, and prayer is a huge one! Praying is such an easy way to include God in your child’s day.
This is kind of piggybacking off the last point, but it is super important to include our children into our prayer life. Pray for your child, pray for whatever you want or need, and allow them to do the same! We pray every morning and every night as part of our daily routine, and my absolute favorite prayer time is when I hear my toddler naming the people that he loves that he wants to pray for. That is usually as much as he can do, but sometimes he will add in he wants to pray that his boo boo will feel better if he got hurt that day. It really is the little things! And he is learning so much about how God loves all of us and also that He is the Great Healer! Those are things that are coming naturally to him just through what he learns during our prayer time. Encourage your child to choose some people or topics that they’d like to bring to God, whether in prayer or thanks. Can you imagine how much He cherishes hearing that?!
Pray Without Ceasing
It can be so easy to get trapped in that bubble of prayer time in the mornings and evenings only. Remind your child throughout the day that they can ask God for help or whatever else they need at any time. And always thank Him for the many blessings He provides us with each day! That it doesn’t have to be some big production, and He is with them all day long for anything that they need! Praying without ceasing is something I continually struggle with, as do many people I know. We get lost in the world and what is going on around us sometimes. Imagine the advantage your child will have later in life by practicing this now–it will help include God in your child’s day all day long and for the rest of their lives!
Bible Study & Reading
All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Read With Them
Every morning after our prayer time, we read a story from one of our children’s Bibles and I explain it further to my little man. This is fostering a love for the Bible through the stories and quality time we spend reading together, as well as creating a life-long positive habit. I know that when I am in the Word I feel a million times better, especially reading it in the morning and applying it to my day. This is an awesome way to include God into your child’s day right from the start! Check out our list of must-have Christian children’s books for some ideas!
Let Them See You Read
Again, much the same like with prayer, your child will learn from what you do with your Bible. Let them know that you are reading it and studying it (even if you need to wait until they are napping to really dig in). My son knows that every Saturday I go to my Bible study with the women at our church, and him and daddy get to go spend the day with his pop. He looks forward to Saturday and that special time with his pop, but he also always asks if he can come to Bible study with me as well! I can see his interest and love growing as he does. You can include God in your child’s day simply by allowing your child to see how you include Him in your own!
This can be especially helpful when they have questions and see you looking up the answers! This is something I haven’t done yet but I hope to as my child gets older and asks more questions.
Make It Fun
Rather than just reading the bible, kids can study it, too! Create or prepare some fun activities ahead of time to go along with a Bible story and teach them in a fun way. There are definitely ideas out there if you struggle coming up with them, try checking out Pinterest! There are also lots of studies available for kids that you can use without ever worrying about creating them yourself. Keep an eye out for my Heaven Study–Get on my email list to be the first to hear about it!
Maximize Every Opportunity
Easily include God in your child’s day by turning everything into a Bible lesson! Take whatever is going on in your child’s life and show them how it relates to a Bible story they are familiar with. I try to do this as much as possible, and here are a few examples of how we incorporate God into all we do:
- When going to the doctor/dentist we ask God to make us brave like he did for David (David and Goliath)
- On an airplane we ask God to keep us safe like he did for Daniel (Daniel and the Lions)
- When we are sick or hurt we ask for healing (Jesus heals the blind man & bleeding woman in one of our books)
This can be a hard one for me sometimes! These are more extreme examples and aren’t always things we do every day, but I feel that the message can be adapted and you can come up with much more relevant things to your child’s life than I could anyway!
As mentioned above, use the Bible to answer your child’s questions. This may mean looking it up, but it could also mean use what you already know! Most of my toddler’s questions have been pretty basic so far, and I have been able to answer them without looking in my Bible. You can do that to!
- Where did the trees come from? God created the trees just like He made you and me!
- Why are your eyes brown? That is how God made me and thought I looked best!
BONUS: By thinking more purposefully about these things and finding ways to include God in your child’s life, you are also deepening your relationship with Christ. It also gives you some new things to think about and study on your own!
For You make me glad by Your deeds Lord; I will sing for joy at what Your hands have done – Psalm 92:4
Play Worship Music
There are so many different kinds of worship music out there–rap, rock, heavy metal, and everything in between! Find what works for your family and play it often. You can use your phone, tablet, computer, or radio to play worship songs wherever you go. Check out your local Christian radio station(s), or scan the channels until you find something (we do this when we are traveling!). K-Love is a really popular one that spans many states throughout the US.
Worship All Day
Include God in your child’s day continually by reminding them that worship doesn’t have to be to a song. We can worship and honor God in everything that we do: cleaning, reading, talking, etc. Living each day with thanksgiving and love for God at the front of our mind is an act of worship in itself!
In Those Hard Moments (Or Days)
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble – Psalm 46:1
There are going to be some seriously awful days as a stay at home mom, which I’m sure you know and have already experienced. Sometimes we just get so overwhelmed or frustrated. I previously wrote a post on what to do so you don’t have a mommy meltdown during your child’s tantrum, but here are some of the best points of those tips broken down even further:
This is a great time to practice your faith. You will definitely fall short sometimes (For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23), but these are opportunities to practice responding with God’s love, forgiveness, and patience as much as possible. Your example brings so much Jesus into their life! They will learn so much from you and your behavior about God and what it means to be a Christian. This is one of the most amazing ways that you can actively include God in your child’s day, and yours as well! BONUS: It will help you build trust with your child!
Ask For Help
It can be hard to think of in the moment, but ask God for help right on the spot! Pray for guidance, grace, insight, and discernment on how to proceed in the midst or aftermath of a tantrum. And don’t be afraid to ask the wonderful people that God placed in your life for tangible help as needed. There are so many people who love you and your children and who would be blessed so much by the chance to spend time with you and help you out!
How Do You Include God in Your Child’s Day?
I’d love to hear the tips and tactics you use to include God in your child’s day! We can never get enough over here, so drop a comment or shoot me an email at Rachael@UninvincibleMom.com to let me in on your secrets!! Hope you have an awesome day!