5. Be Courageous. Children often deal with fears, as do adults! In the Book of Joshua "be strong and courageous, do not be afraid" repeats over and over. Teaching your children at a young age to handle fears with the power of God is important. In the book "Hide It In Your Heart," by Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson, there are some creative activies to do with your children, like making a promise pillow to lay on at night. Memorizing scriptures, like this one in Joshua, also empowers faith instead of fear.
4. There is Power in Prayer. Growing up, I knew clearly that God was able to do impossible things from reading the magazine "Guideposts." In every edition there is a section called "His Mysterious Ways." I learned from reading these articles that God is able to do impossible things, especially through prayer. Does your child know others who have had health issues and been healed through prayer, or do you know someone who has found a job after praying? Make sure to include your children in praying for others who have needs, and keep a journal to write down the results. Also, read stories from the Bible, that show prayers are heard and answered.
3. The Word of God Is Nourishment For the Soul. In the book, mentioned earlier, "Hide It In Your Heart," there is a section on medicine for the spirit. They show children that learning scriptures is like giving your soul spiritual medicine for health. The Bible itself, in the book of Hebrews, talks about Christians needing the word of God as food, and that the more mature you become in your faith the more of it you are able to digest. Just as the physical body needs food daily, the spiritual body needs the Word daily.
2. Love Others. In the second part of Jesus' statement about the greatest commands, he says "Love your neighbor as yourself," in Matthew 22:39. Ask your child what loving others looks like. Dialogue with questions like "who could we help this week, who in the family needs extra love today, how can you look for ways to love others around you?" Loving others for a child even means accepting others differences and finding way to love those who may be hard to get along with. As a homeschooling family the flexibility in your daytime schedule may allow for more opportunities to love others through volunteering at a nursing home, in a tutoring program or even at a shelter or food bank.
1. Love God. Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, and He answered "Love God with all your heart, all your mind and all your soul," in Matthew 22:37. Helping children grasp the concept of how to love God can be challenging because God may appear to them as an inanimate object. Unlike a mother or father that can give physical and emotional comfort, to a child God may seem distant. How do you ask a child to love a distant, unimaginable God? For starters, help your child visualize God through His son, Jesus. Jesus is all God, and all man, so the qualities we see in Jesus can be understood by a child. Obtain a curriculum like Abeka's Bible program where the life of Jesus is powerfully taught through pictures and words. Finally, model your love for God. If your child sees you praising God, praying to Him, reading His word, and serving Him with joy, the importance of this love-filled relationship will be evident.