Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. – Ephesians 6:4
I am feeling a lot of pressure now that Alora is getting old enough that she can understand things about God. I was able to procrastinate teaching her about the Lord because she wasn’t “wouldn’t understand” but now…
She has her first book of Bible stories that she loves. Every night it seems like she asks me to read the Bible to her, so she is making it easy on me in some ways. I just hope I can do it right. I didn’t grow up going to church or in a particularly religious household so I am not sure exactly how it is supposed to be done.
We pray before we eat but how, with her limited vocabulary do I show her how to really pray from the heart and not just repeat the same thing every time. “Thank you God for our food in Jesus’ mame amen” (yes she says in Jesus’ mame) Or is that fine for now?
One thing I do know is that when I explain to my daughters that God is Father, I want it to make perfect sense to them based on our relationship. Many people in this world were not blessed, as I was with a good father and so their view of God as father is skewed. I don’t want to soil the name Abba (Daddy) for my girls. I want them to say “Oh, that means he loves me, he protects me, he guides me, he corrects me.”
How do I teach them about God’s grace and the gospel of his Son?
Have you ever thought that God trusts you much more than he should?