Scripture Memory and Prayer: Cultivating Faith in Your Child's Heart

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I had the blessing of growing up in a Christian home. My dad was a pastor, which made me a PK (pastor’s kid). I was continually surrounded by prayer, Scripture and biblical teaching. I remember as a little girl praying to receive Jesus as my Savior, and yet I also remember struggling to feel like I was really saved for many years. I feared if I would die, I would go to hell and suffer for eternity. I would ask Jesus into my heart several times over the years and then feel guilty because I had already asked and would wrestle over my lack of faith and belief.

The Lord ended up leading me to college at Moody Bible Institute and I will forever be thankful for listening to His prompting to go there. My foundation for understanding Scripture was strengthened, my love for God increased, my faith deepened and I met Mark, my husband there: a major bonus!

My faith began to grow as I learned more of Who God was and is.

Mark 9:23-24 says, “Jesus said, ...‘All things are possible for the one who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, 'I believe; help my unbelief.'"

I am sure I heard this verse many times growing up but it wasn’t until I was a bit older that this specific cry of the father to Jesus penetrated my heart. As this prayer began to settle in my heart, the Lord used this to breathe life into my prayer and deepen my faith.

My faith journey continues and now that I have children, one of my biggest prayers has been for them to have a big, strong faith! I am continually trying to love, grow, teach, nurture, discipline, strengthen, encourage and ready my girls for each day of life they are given. My heart longs for my girls to continue and develop their own faith and grow mightily in the Lord. What does it look like to cultivate and grow their faith in the everyday routine of life?

I wish there was a cookie cutter answer, but the reality is, each child, each parent, each home, each circumstance, each life that we live, is different. Therefore we interact and teach them according to our present life environment and culture. Although we are all different, thankfully God is not; He is the same yesterday, today and forevermore.

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Here are three ways to help cultivate and develop a deeper faith for our children:

  1. Pray with them. Your children have such a sensitivity to the heart of the Lord. Matthew 18:2 “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” What profound truth this Scripture reveals for our kids’ hearts: they are ready to hear from the Lord. Pray over them, pray for them and have them pray out loud. Let them hear you pray for them in a deep way. Pray for things that are going on in your lives that are difficult and they will learn to pray in these situations as well. We are teaching them what prayer looks like by how we pray with them and for them.

  2. Be willing to discuss prayer requests and answered prayers. If we are willing to pray through deeper, real life issues and needs with our children, then we need to be willing to discuss when we are waiting to hear from God and when He answers those prayers. God always answers prayers, maybe not in the way we desire, or even in our timing, but He does answer. So, it’s important for our children and their growing faith to talk about how God is at work in it all. We need to have daily reminders of God’s character and how He doesn’t change even if we are in the “waiting period” of a prayer request. I remember countless times talking with the girls after we prayed for God to provide a specific job we were all wanting for Mark. While we were waiting, we all prayed and cried out for the Lord’s provision every morning for this job. The Lord gave me wisdom to talk with them after every single time, explaining if God didn’t decide to provide this job we all wanted, He was still good and faithful and would provide something even better. It ended up not being the job God provided and yet because of the continual open dialogue with the girls, their faith was not shaken. Of course there was great disappointment and pain, but their faith grew through this.

  3. Scripture memory. Have your children memorize God’s Word! My father is a first generation believer and as early as I can remember he taught us Bible verses that we recited every night. He was teaching us to hide God’s Word in our hearts. I can’t even tell you how many verses I have memorized from this practice with my dad, and what a blessing it is when God brings them to mind. I will always have those Scripture verses resonating within my heart. I was deeply convicted that I wanted to continue the legacy my father started when we had our own children, and teach them Bible verses to hide in their hearts. My girls were about 2 when they memorized their first verse. I still have them recite 3 verses every night and we continue to learn new ones. When we were going through a hard time as a family in transition, we even had a family memory verse that we would talk about with them. Scripture memory is powerful and helps solidify our faith.

There are many different ways to help cultivate faith in the heart of a child. I hope and pray as you wrestle through how God wants you to nurture your own child’s faith, that this is a springboard to further explore what God has for you as a parent. Blessings to you!  

Posted on October 18, 2017 and filed under Building Your Faith.

1 Peter 2:9 Printable Jar Label

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A while back, a blog friend of mine created her own candle labels, and that has always stuck with me as such a clever idea! For our “Entrusted Freebie” this time around, I decided to do something similar, and create a label with a beloved verse that you can use on a vase, jar, or candle. It looks like an old fashioned apothecary label, but it’s Scripture!

1 Peter 2:9 is my daughter’s school memory verse this week and I cannot get it out of my head. It is such a beautiful truth about our identity in Christ, what he has done for us, and as I meditate on it, the excellencies of God just ring through my mind. He is so wonderful!

So, to use this printable, you can download the PDF and print out onto a full sheet of sticker paper in your printer. The sheets I use are Avery 8165 shipping labels. I formatted the label in several sizes to fit most jars Once you print it, just cut out the size that fits your vessel best. You can use it on an antique apothecary bottle or something similar, as I did, for a flower vase. Or, you could put it on the side of a colored glass vase and pour a candle into it (or even replace an ugly candle label in a pre-poured jar). Really, it can be used on any kind of jar or vase that you would like. I’m also attaching a large 8 x 10 version if you just want to print it on regular cardstock and hang it up on the wall.

Enjoy!

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Posted on October 6, 2017 and filed under Building Your Home.

Raising the same but different: the same godly principles and methods along with freedom in the approach

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When I was a younger mama and my sweet Kate turned two, my life was thrown upside down for a time. I was awakened to the reality that she did not respond to discipline the same way that Addy, my firstborn did. I was in a bit of a quandary because Addy was turning 5 at this point and I had just “figured out” this whole parenting, discipline thing (or so I thought...insert laughter here).

My first line of defense when I realized this in disciplining Kate, was to just press in harder with the same discipline style I had with Addy. I theorized that since she was a harder baby than Addy and reacted and responded differently to discipline, it would naturally take more work on my end. As I continued down this path, it did not bode well for Kate or me. It took me some time to understand that parenting Kate was going to require a different approach in methods and principles of discipline because she did not fit the same mold as Addy. In essence, I was going to need to relearn how to parent.

I wish I could say I had an instant epiphany and I relearned and changed my parenting patterns quickly. But alas, that was not the case. I, as a parent, had developed habits and patterns in the way that Addy responded to discipline and carried that over into parenting Kate. It took me a long time to break those habits.

Please don’t misunderstand me, the godly principles and methods I had learned in Entrusted were my anchor through it all. However, I began to grasp that my approach in these principles and methods had to be different with Kate because she was different than Addy.

When I finally did concede and understood it was okay to parent differently with Kate, I was able to experience so much more freedom as a mother. Our home began to balance out a bit more and we started down a new path. God has created each child differently and every family will have somewhat different examples of what it looks like with their children. For example, one of our girls would nearly melt if we even gave her a stern look and she would do anything we ask because she had a high need to please us; she was very compliant. Our other daughter was a little more strong willed and we found the stern look did nothing. We needed to use a different approach for training her in obedience.

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Parenting for me is a continual journey. Just when I think I have it figured out, I turn the corner and a new challenge awaits me and I have to adapt and relearn. Unfortunately, I don’t always view the challenge in a positive way. The Lord is so patient with me though and is continually pressing in and showing me how to be a better mom and follower of Him. I am thankful for His promise to us in Lamentations 3:21-23:

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Every morning, we have a fresh start! How gracious is our God! We can start over and with His strength, press into what He has for us each day.

The women that God placed in my life as a young mother will always hold a piece of my heart. They were, and many still are, speaking into my life as a mom and that to me, is priceless. God has created us to be in community. In that community we experience and live life together.

If I can encourage you in any way sweet mamas let it be this: Don’t lose heart in the journey of parenting. God has given you the incredible responsibility and joy of being a mother. He has prepared each one of you for the task. Each child you have is different, so give yourself permission to approach parenting and discipline according to your child’s need. Stay grounded by those who have gone before you and hold those godly principles and parenting methods close.

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Blessings to you on this journey; you are not alone.

Posted on September 20, 2017 and filed under Building Your Family.

Savory Poppyseed Crêpes

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I really enjoyed Laura’s authenticity last week in her post about Dinner Table Games. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one whose children come to the table whining and can’t stay seated! We highly value the practice of dining together in our family as well, but at times I have to admit I stare at the three rambunctious boys across the table—all embarking upon their own escapade of poor manners—and my eyes glaze over because I don’t know where to begin (and I’m shocked that more hasn’t penetrated their little minds by now)!

It truly is a time in which consistency is key… and unfortunately after a long day caring for the kids and cooking a nice meal, I just can’t train in my own strength. Thankfully I don’t have to do it on my own, but it is refining nonetheless!

As Laura alluded to, it is much easier to make sure your kids are excited about coming to the table for their dinners. Yet, I deeply want my kids to be adventurous eaters—and I want to eat like an adult! Sometimes I just pick my battles. Sometimes I come up with strategies. One trick that has worked for me is to make a grown-up meal for Travis and me, and “deconstruct” it for my boys. Here is one recipe I’ve created that seems to keep everyone happy:

Savory Poppyseed Crêpes

Ingredients:

Eggs
Milk
Water
Flour
Avocados
Sliced Beets (from a can or jar is fine)
Spinach Leaves
Goat Cheese
Chicken Breasts
Olive or Coconut Oil
Poppyseed Dressing

1.  Following a Crêpe Recipe (I follow Alton Brown’s recipe because he is a scientist and a chef, and I think he’s pretty great.), mix the crêpe ingredients together. You can do this in a blender, which is incredibly efficient when clean-up rolls around!

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2.  Put this in the fridge for at least an hour to let the gluten set.

3.  Begin cooking the crêpes. You will need to flip frequently, so stay near the burner! If you’ve made these French pancakes before, you can cook the chicken at the same time.

4.  Slice the chicken, and sauté in a pan with a drizzle of olive or coconut oil.

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5.  Slice the avocados.

6.  Begin assembling: Down the center of a crêpe, place a thin layer of spinach, add several slices of chicken, a few slices of beets and avocados. Next, crumble some goat cheese over the top to add some creaminess.

7.  Finally, drizzle some poppyseed dressing over the top.

8.  Serve with a favorite side dish. Roasted sweet potatoes pair well with this. I chose to serve it with a side of butternut squash soup this week.

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Okay… now for the kid “deconstruction” part! All you do is roll up a crêpe, and put the sides from above next to it! Maybe you’ll need to supplement with another veggie like carrots or peppers, but the ingredients are mostly the same, and the kids will be thrilled that they are having pancakes for dinner! Of course I allow a little drizzle of maple syrup to get those little feet running to the table! (Quick confession: I can only get one of my boys to eat beets so far!)

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Another win: I always double the batch of crêpes so I can use them the next morning for blintzes or breakfast crêpes with berries. If you want to do this the morning before, it will save you the hour of waiting for the batter to set before you can make dinner.

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Bon appétit!

Posted on September 13, 2017 and filed under Building Your Home.

Dinner Table Games

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Ever since before we had kids, my husband and I held the belief that families benefit when they have dinner together. We hoped to make it a priority and, as much as humanly possible, protect family dinner time. It’s something he grew up with every night of his entire childhood.

 

I, on the other hand, only saw my family in passing as I ran from school to work and hit the McDonald’s drive-thru in between.Now that we actually have a family, I see clearly how in theory family dinners are wonderful, and how, in practice...well, they make you want to run for McDonald’s.

At every phase, the “family dinner” has been an ideal we’ve been chasing. You know the one in your fantasy head, where all the kids come when you call them, sit politely, and thank you for cooking? Then you all share the highlights of your days, pray for the neighbors, and Junior jumps in to help with dishes? Ugh. No. Someone sold me a bill of goods, because that is NOT how it goes down at my house. [She says while realizing this too must be her fault.]

First of all, no one comes to dinner. I call them at least three times. This is inexplicable because I’ve intentionally starved them for the last three hours, (because I still hold one last shred of hope they’ll eat my food). Finally, they arrive. The little one dissolves into whining immediately upon seeing what is on his plate. The older two have learned to choke back the complaints, but it doesn’t stop them from stirring the food around rather than eating it. (For anyone concerned I might actually be torturing them with terrible food, let me ease your mind. It’s not like it’s tofu or liver or something truly horrifying like a potato. It’s totally normal. Like pork chops and broccoli.)

The oldest launches into a diatribe about the last video game he played. My husband, who is acutely aware of his body’s impending starvation melt down, can’t. even. carry on this conversation, because, please can we pray so I can eat before we talk? The little one insists on praying. But he also insists on finishing his milk and lining up his silverware before he begins said prayer.

Finally we get to the Amen and by then tensions are high. My oldest decides to bite the bullet and shove ALL the porkchop in his mouth at once. The middle one decides to get up to find some ranch dressing or other such camouflage for hers. This makes the little one get out of his seat to show us a dance move. This makes the oldest get up to mimic the dance move (now trying not to choke) and then Dad yells at everyone to get back in their seats. Repeat while counting to infinity.

I know people that have given up. They’ll just put the TV on and eat in silence. I’m not going to lie to you, that sounds amazing. Sadly, you can’t see our TV from the table. Others just succumb to the sports schedules. Eat and run, eat in shifts, eat by yourself. That also sounds amazing. Sadly, sports is over for everyone in my family by 5 PM. For better or for worse, after 11 years, the family dinner has been established. It’s basically scheduled torture. So we’re left finding ways to make it work.

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There are only two ways I’ve found to make dinner more pleasant. Number one, (and this is no joke fool proof), cook food that they like. After careful observation, I have noted that when we call Pizza Hut, everyone comes running to the table. No one complains. No one gets out of their seat to dance. They just sit there and eat. It’s awesome. Unfortunately, I can’t feed them garbage every night. I feel like it’s kind of my job to feed them meat and vegetables and healthy carbs. Sorry, kids. Your mom is the meanest. So mostly it’s option 2. Far less effective, but it can work: Dinner Table Games.

If you can manage to engage them, (i.e. distract them from the fact that they’re sitting and eating), you’ll have the win. Asking “How was your day?” will not cut it. The little ones can’t remember their days and the big ones don’t want to. But games, I have found, will draw them in. And every once in awhile, I’ll see a glimpse of the idyllic family dinner I always hoped for. Here are the go-to Dinner Table Games I use, ranked in order of their success at keeping rear ends in seats and forks in motion:

Question of the Day
This one really works! Each day ask an ice-breaker question (lists abound online) and give everyone a chance to answer. Questions like “How would you spend $1 million?” to “If you could tame and keep any wild animal, which one would you choose?” really get kids’ imaginations going and lead to fun conversation.

Good, Bad, and Weird
This is a wonderful way to extract specific details from kids about their days. Everyone has to go around and say something good, something bad, and something weird that happened to them that day.

Highs and Lows
This is another one designed to help kids remember and share their days’ experiences. Everyone shares the high point and the low point of their day.

20 Questions
A classic game my grandmother used to play with me to help me fall asleep on Christmas Eve. Whoever is “it” thinks of a person, place, or animal and everyone else gets to ask 20 yes or no questions (as a group) to guess what it is.

The Movie Quote Game
Everyone gets a turn to say a movie quote, while everyone else tries to guess what movie it’s from. If your family is musical, this can work with song lyrics or humming tunes as well.

Would You Rather?
You can either pre-print a list from the internet or make these up on the fly. Usually the goal is to present two impossible or horrible scenarios, and see which one your kid thinks is worse. I also like to present two choices that are both supremely desirable and see which one they think is better.

Uno
This might not be the best at the dinner table since you actually have to pull out cards (and it doesn’t exactly facilitate conversation…) but sometimes you’re desperate! My kids LOVE Uno and rarely pass up a chance to play. It brings a certain amount of chaos when you start using props at the table, but once in awhile you just have to mix it up.

Headbanz
This is a board game, so, like Uno it could introduce some chaos to your table. Each person puts on a headband and gets a game card that they put into the headband. They don’t know what’s on the card and everyone else has to give them clues as to what they are. Come to think of it, I think there are some phone apps that have similar games.

Telephone
This game will produce hilarity, but it ranks poorly in effectiveness at getting kids to stay in their seats. In fact it will pretty much guarantee they’ll get up so they can whisper in each other’s ears while smearing jelly on each other. Still, playing this with kids is beyond funny. So, a good one to keep in your back pocket...maybe for when Dad is out of town and a little more monkey business than usual will fly.

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Posted on September 6, 2017 and filed under Building Your Family.

Daily Words of Life and Truth: Reminding Your Kids of who they are and who they will become in Christ

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The last few weeks have provided many reminders that parenting is not for the faint of heart. My three girlies have just finished their fourth week of school. My eldest started 8th grade, middle started 5th grade and my little started all day kindergarten! Hard to believe we are four, almost five weeks in! It has been a bit of a rough re-entry into school world; which has then spilled over into our home world.

All this to say, school brings a whole slew of new adventures: drama with friends (oh yes, it can even affect the child who has never had it), homework, papers, lack of sleep, a smidge of crankiness (kids, and yes, even this mama), swim, volleyball, piano and voice into an already loaded school schedule. I’m exhausted from even writing that out! So, with all the adventures school and schedules provide, what does it look like to stay intentional with our kiddos on a daily basis?

One way I have chosen to stay intentional with my girls is by speaking truth and life into and over them each morning before school. I adopted this form of intentionality after hearing a prominent woman in leadership, whom I greatly respect, explain how she did this with her children.

Her backstory for creating this was from Judges, a book in the Old Testament. It’s about the story of Gideon in chapter 6. Here is a quick history lesson.

And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” Judges 6:12
And the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” Judges 6:14

These verses are important because the angel of the Lord was speaking into who Gideon was going to become. When the angel appeared to him, he was not a mighty man of valor. In fact he was hiding from the Midianites in a winepress, beating out wheat because the Israelites were being oppressed by them. Hardly a mighty man of valor. Yet, God chose to speak truth through his angel as to what kind of man he was going to become.

The story continues on to explain that Gideon would help save his people from the hand of Midian. God showed His miraculous power in this by taking the 22,000 men who were going to help fight the Midianites and bringing that number down to 300 and only then were the Midianites defeated! God spoke and worked through Gideon and the truth of who he was going to become was revealed. He became a mighty man of valor by God’s grace. The story of Gideon is a powerful, real life example of a truth we can apply even today.

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I’ve adapted this principle (after hearing from the woman I mentioned, and the story of Gideon) by speaking into my girls according to their needs and things that I see in them. Our children are inundated with outside influences and lies each day from the world we live in. Shouldn’t we as parents be the ones daily setting their minds and hearts right with godly principles and godly character as to who they are and who they will become?

So what does it look like to speak into and over our children? I’m so glad you asked!

First off, there is no exact formula. Every child is unique and you will need to adjust it according to their needs.

Secondly, I incorporate Scripture, godly principles and our hopes and dreams for them.

Thirdly, I have my girls stand in front of me, one at a time and have them look me in the eye and repeat back what I am saying.

My girls were a little awkward when we first started. Okay, I’ll be honest, it was awkward for me as well. However, we pushed through and before long they were wanting to speak back into me. (Talk about melting your heart.) So why not give it a try? You might be blessed in return as well!

Here is an example of what I speak into them each morning... Say each phrase and have them repeat it back to you:

“I’m a child of God.”
“God has a purpose and a plan for my life.”
“I am very special.”
“There is no one like me.”
I’m beautiful on the inside and the outside.”
“He has called me by name, I am His.”
“My identity is found in Him.”
“I will have a heart after God’s heart.”
“I will choose to walk with the Lord today.”
“I will have courage and stand for what is right.”
"I can do hard things with the Lord’s strength.”
“I will try my hardest in all that I do.”
“I will listen to my parents.”
“I will listen to my teachers.”
“I will be kind to my friends.”
“I am a strong girl/woman in the Lord.”
“I will put on the full armor of God.”

“The helmet of salvation.”
“The breastplate of righteousness.”
“The belt of truth.”
"The shield of faith."
“My feet will stand strong and be ready for battle.”

“Mommy and Daddy love me.”
“My family loves me.”
“God loves me.”
“And there is nothing I can do to change that.”
“We’ll be for each other, not against each other.”

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We are going on four years of this morning habit before school and I trust and believe what they hear and repeat back will continue to settle deep within their souls.

I hope this has encouraged your parenting hearts a bit. I know for me, it was life-changing to know I was speaking godly truth and principles into and over my children on a daily basis. My heart’s desire is for my girls to be influenced by truth and not by the lies that are fighting against them every day in this world. Although our schedules and routines are full every day this is one way we can capture and reset their minds each morning.

Blessings to you in your parenting journey.

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Posted on August 24, 2017 and filed under Building Your Faith.

Thinking Time: A Daily Key to My Sanity

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Recently my kids and I were eating lunch when a neighbor boy knocked on the patio door. My six-year-old jumped up from the table to slide open the door. “Hi John, we’re eating lunch right now, and then I have a quiet time, but I can ask my mom if I can play after that.” I was thrilled that my son knew our daily “Quiet Time” was a non-negotiable part of a day at home.

I have required my sons to rest after lunch since they were born…. For several years it was a nap, but when they began to give up naps, I still needed them to rest so their siblings could nap, and so I could have a moment of peace and quiet.

Betsy talks about this habit in “Tips: Practical Ideas for Building Unity and Order in Our Children”. She recommends the following guidelines:

  • When they’ve outgrown naps
  • A precursor to quiet time
  • No toys, may have music or book, but nothing is best
  • It’s just time to meditate or think (and you get a small break)
  • 30-45 minutes long (who knows, they might take a nap)
  • I timed it so I could begin dinner and have the house calmed down for when David arrived home

I have taken the heart of this idea, and modified it slightly for our family. We have it right after lunch, because I want a quiet home in which to put my youngest down for a nap. Also, if the older ones fall asleep, I need them to do it early in the day rather than later! My kids are 3, 4 1/2, and 6 right now. Even though my boys share a bedroom, I have all three of them in different bedrooms for the rest time. I say, “It’s Quiet Time!” and the little feet run up the stairs. How did I get them to do this? I have made a deal that the first one up the stairs gets to pick the room they rest in. Being in my bed or the guest room is really exciting for them...hopefully that lasts a while! I make sure they’ve gone to the bathroom, make sure they have books, tuck them in, and set a timer for about 40 minutes. If they didn’t hear the timer go off, I open each bedroom to see who fell asleep, and tell the boys they can come back down to play. During the school year, we do school all morning, then have lunch, then quiet times. My boys know that after Quiet Time they can watch a show if we don’t have any additional school work to finish.

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Was it difficult to initiate this practice? Since the transition from napping to no-napping can be hairy, I think having a Quiet Time helped. However, I have to be honest that there are those moments that the little ones want to escape from their rooms because it is “Just so looooonnngggg, Mom!” I did set the timer for shorter periods as I was first training each one to help with this. Also…. I put a childproof handle on one of the doors. If a child has a hard time staying in his room one day, he now knows he will be in the room with the handle the next day! Even so, there have been days in which the door is repeatedly kicked, and correction is needed. All disciplines take training. You may have a frustrating week setting the standard, but you will be blessed for YEARS after it has been established! Remember, “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11)

This daily practice has been such a blessing to me. My boys are energetic and loud, and it brings me a little sanity to have them each in a room by themselves, focusing on books or their thoughts, so that I can organize mine! I usually start out the time finishing up a few housekeeping items (like responding to emails or making calls), and end it by having time with the Lord. What I like about this is that when my kids come down from their quiet times, they see me having mine too! I wish I was a morning person and could clock in a good quiet time before I have kiddos jump into my bed, but it’s just not me. Instead I try to play worship music  in the mornings to start my day out inviting God in, but I need to wait to have focused time in the Word. Sometimes I need to get my focus back on God in the middle of the day, and having my quiet time then really helps me. During some of the tiring pregnancy months, I have even snuck in a quick nap. On weekends, my husband and I use the time to catch up on our to-dos, debrief on the church service, or just talk (sometimes it’s nice to do that when you aren’t tired from a whole day with the kids. :) ) Regardless of how you use the time your children are resting, we mamas need some free moments!   

I also love the training this is providing for my little guys. In a world so inundated with constant communication, I am thankful they are learning to be still. In addition, I think this has helped instill a love of books in them.

One day my boys were being very good, and I wanted them to understand that a daily quiet time is part of a life in Christ, not just part of your childhood, so I let them read Bibles (all at their own levels) on the couch while I read mine. (Of course I told them this was a special circumstance, and it would not be the norm!)

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Do you have a similar practice or routine in your home? If not, can you see it blessing your daily sanity?

Posted on August 16, 2017 .