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!

 

Anika Jones

About the Author

Anika Jones

Hello there! I am Anika and I am definitely one of those. Passion oozes from every fiber of my being. I love to love. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I already told you that I am one of those kinds of people. Read on to find out some more interesting facts about me… 1. I love me some Jesus. I love to testify and if you hang around me long enough you may hear me bragging on the awesomeness of God, like how • He gave me a house I couldn't afford • Healed two of my children • Gave me a yes when I wanted to say no 2. I married a younger man…OK, not really. I was 23 while he was 22. My birthday is in April and his in August, but it’s our running joke. Nevertheless, after 13 years of marriage, I happen to love him deeply, and it still makes for a great story. 3. I have experienced the pain of two miscarriages and the joy of delivering 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls). I have both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Early Childhood Education, which I put to good use staying home with the kiddos. 4. I attend an awesome church where my husband is the Assistant Pastor. I am also a part of a not for profit organization that encourages women to walk in their God given purpose. 5. I am addicted to prayer. 6. I am considered nice by most, definitely extreme by design. I am politically incorrect. 7. I take the scenic route when telling a story, but I promise if you hang on long enough, I eventually get to the punch line. 8. I have great ideas but I sometimes procrastinate. Jesus and I are working on that one. 9. I am guilty of overthinking things (refer to number 8). 10. I am originally from Jamaica. Surprise…sunshine and coconuts are two of my favorite things. 11. I subscribe to the Paleo Diet and actually did a round of Whole 30. 12. I love to experiment in the kitchen. 13. I make an absolute mess when I cook. I try to clean as I go but get distracted with cooking. Go figure. (My family doesn't always enjoy my cooking but I make them eat it anyway.) 14. I love people and enjoy talking to them—even the weird ones. I tried being otherwise but found it doesn't suit me well, so I'm learning to be okay with being me. 15. I have traction alopecia and wear wigs and am crazy enough to believe God for restoring my hair follicles even though the doctors have said otherwise. 16. A movie is considered good only if it makes me cry...more than once. Sound of Music happens to be my all time favorite. 17. I really wish I sang well. I really don't. 18. Telling people about Jesus is my favorite past time. And if I'm not talking about Him, I'm talking about my family or some random health fact I learned on Google. 19. I love redemption stories and happy endings, that’s why I said yes to Jesus. Feel like you know me a little more? Well good! Please continue to stop by my little corner of cyber world. And do leave a comment. Remember I love to talk to people!

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Tanya

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.

    Anika Jones

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

Jerri Latimer

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.

    Anika Jones

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

Tanika Cherry

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

    Anika Jones

    Nothing like being called out by your child. OUCH!

Carole

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.

    Anika Jones

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

Elder Ron

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.

    Anika Jones

    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!

Anika Jones

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

Hosting

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.

    Anika Jones

    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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