An Easy Way for Parents to Lead Daily Faith Talks
This year as school began we started something new in our home: Daily Faith Talks. This is not a replacement for the planned Faith Talk once a week but adds an opportunity for us as parents to speak Scripture into our kids lives, intentionally, every day. It’s pretty easy and as a guy who needs “practical help” in the arena of Faith Talk, I thought I would share it with you.
Here’s how it works. Our kids get up early like yours during the school year. They go to different schools now that start at different times. So, we do it twice but it is not a big deal. I read a Proverb of the day. Proverbs is perfect because there is one chapter for every day of the month. Yesterday I picked a verse out of Proverbs 31 (since it was August 31) and we read it together. I started by making it funny. “Give beer to the one who is perishing and wine to the one in distress.” -Proverbs 31:6. Hailey said , “Are you kidding me?” Madelyn said, “Do we have any beer dad?” So rule number one: pick a proverb that will speak into their lives. I was just kidding, so we red about the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31:10-31. It was a great opportunity to talk about who they are becoming in the Lord and to also point out how much their Mama looks a lot like that Proverbs 31 gal.
Today, we were in Proverbs 1 (since it is September 1). We read Proverbs 1:7. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but the fool despises wisdom and discipline.” We had a great conversation about what it means to fear the Lord and how that kind of relationship with God leads to wisdom. We also discussed the person who is a fool. I defined the foolish person as one who does not “fear” God enough to live his way. Beyond that, a fool despises it when God disciplines him in order to bring him into a right relationship. A person who fears the Lord adjusts his life according to God’s discipline. All that took place in about 7 minutes.
We are finding this to be a great way to lead daily Faith Talks. Once a week is great but conversation around the Word daily is even better. Consider adding a Proverb of the day to your family conversation. It’s a really easy way to pour God’s Word into their minds and hearts.