Good Day Hope Family!
Did you survive the first full week of school being out?
76 days! That's the number of days that remain for our students this summer before returning back to fall classes. Are you going to make it? If so, what's your plan for helping your kids connect and have an ongoing relationship with the Lord this summer?
Last night, I didn't get much sleep. For some reason, I figured out those remaining summer days and then they were engraved on my brain. I really don't want to miss the opportunity to impress upon my kids the Lord's love for them, or mine. So, it got me thinking about all the opportunities I have with them, and what I can do to help them connect with the Lord every day. Here are my
top seven ideas.
Number 1. I can share a verse from Scripture every morning before we have breakfast and ask them to consider what that means or how it can be lived out in their day.
Number 2. I can challenge them to start their day by thinking about how they can best serve our family, be a friend to their brother, or respect their babysitter.
Number 3. I can give them opportunities to show gratitude for all the things they find, experience or discover in their day.
Number 4. I can reflect with each child and notice special gifts and talents, and express what qualities I see in each of them.
Number 5. I can increase the number of times we pray together throughout the day.
Number 6. I can model worship in my everyday movements with them (e.g., waking up with worship music being turned on instead of TV, driving with worship songs turned up and windows down, and I can even attempt to write God's promises and find familiar tunes and have them hum while I sing over them.)
Number 7. What if I can allow space, every day for my children to dream big dreams? Then, what if I can come alongside them, and let them hear a voice of encouragement for how wonderful, beautiful, and perfect their dreams might be, while connecting them to some of God's big dreams?
I hope you'll let your children see, hear, and experience your faith in God this summer.
I'll see you this weekend!