How do I introduce Jesus to my children?

There is a lot that pulls at me but when I parent, I have to prioritize eternity.

I must

This is simply not an option

I want my love for Jesus to be contagious

I want my days to be spent bringing Him glory even in the mundane.

I feel these children watching my every action, weighing them more than they do my words.

 

I am learning it’s beyond taking them to church and reading them bible stories so that they can know the facts.

Most of us have the right answers, but do we live it?

Beyond knowledge of the word, I want them to have a relationship with the word that became flesh.

More than anything I want them to know Jesus as their own.

This is not automatic.  I must be intentional.  I can’t give to my children what I don’t have.  Every day I have an option; do I seek His face or seek to do my will?

Seems like a simple answer but life has a way of complicating simple matters

If I let it

These last 12 years of parenting has taught me that children are more discerning than I previously thought. They can smell a hypocrite from miles away.

I tell them to get in their word, but do they see me on my laptop more than they see me reading my bible?

I tell them to forgive but do I hold on to anger towards their dad or towards them?

I tell them to pray and bring their worries to the Lord but do they see me on the phone more than they see me on my knees?

I tell them to have self-control but do they see me eating my worries away?

I tell them to be a servant but do they hear me murmur and complain about all the domestic chores I am CALLED to do?

I tell them to fully obey but do they see me practicing selective obedience because I am good and grown?

Honest questions that deserve honest answers.  And did I mention, a hypocrite can do some serious damage to innocent bystanders.

How do I steward these 6 blessings the Lord has given me?

The call of motherhood is weighty. It can be sobering to think that my actions can either draw them or turn them away from Jesus.

MY ACTIONS CAN DETERMINE WHERE THEY SPEND ETERNITY!

Yes, I am fully aware that I can’t chose Jesus for my children but my actions can make the choice more appealing.

So I pray real hard

For grace to mother the way my Father wants me to.

For the right focus to seek the Kingdom of God first and then relax knowing that all these others things will be added!

For the discipline to push the distractions to the side , silencing the unnecessary noise so that I can hear and respond to His still small voice(Social media and all her kinfolks, relationships that pull me away from Jesus, thoughts that are trespassing on God’s property…my Mind …just to name a few).

Yes Ma’am I have been called to something big…I have to introduce Jesus to my children!

 

13 thoughts on “How do I introduce Jesus to my children?”

  1. Tanya says:

    You have beautiful children Anika…I didn’t like my answers to your questions… This is so true and I will try to be the model and not just the speaker! Amen.

    1. Anika Jones says:

      THank you for the compliment Tanya and may God help us all to be the model and not just the speaker.

  2. Jerri Latimer says:

    After reading, I had to stop and reflect on my actions. There’s continuous work to be done. You always give me something to think about.

    1. Anika Jones says:

      Yes, it is a daily process! But thank God for His grace to be what He has called us to be!

  3. Tanika Cherry says:

    Yes ma’am. This is a great article. They are definitely watching our every move and will let you know it.

    1. Anika Jones says:

      Nothing like being called out by your child. OUCH!

  4. Carole says:

    Profound. Especially in today’s permissive society, it is refreshing to know that there are young mothers/parents jsetting a religious example for their children.

    1. Anika Jones says:

      Thanks for the comment Auntie Carol. We certainly have to depend on the grace of God to go against the grain!

  5. Elder Ron says:

    This truth you speak is so needed today for dads and moms. Me and my wife were saved later in life but still while we yet had children at home. We both grabbed hold of the truth of God’s Word and didn’t let go. We modeled for them what God could and would do with people who are committed to Him. Fast-forward 25 years later we are witnessing the fruit of our labor by God’s grace, favor, and our staying the course. Continue being faithful to Jesus by not only guiding your children, teaching your children, but modeling for them what Jesus said, ”If you love Me, you would keep my commands.“ When I observe your children the reality of Jesus is active in their lives, ALL 6 of them. PRAISE THE MOST HIGH GOD.

    1. Anika Jones says:

      Thank you for your encouraging words and for the many ways you have assisted us on our journey as parents! You have shared so much wisdom and we are grateful!

  6. Anika Jones says:

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment Patti! Your grandchildren are blessed to have you! 🙂

  7. Hosting says:

    Second, I really enjoyed all your ideas on introducing our children to Jesus. I think that if we ourselves are talking about Jesus and spending time with Him in His word, then the outcome will be a natural overflow into our conversations with our children.

    1. Anika Jones says:

      I agree! The key is us first feeding ourselves the word of God so that we can feed our children the same truth we have eaten!

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