God-Mandated Curriculum for your Kids

Do you ever wonder what you are supposed to teach your kids?

With a market flooded with how-to manuals for parenting, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest, greatest manual for raising kids.

IMG_6862.JPGWhen you are a believer, you have the Holy Spirit who guides your heart and mind and leads you to the help you need when you need it.

And in my experience with my five kids, what works for one doesn’t necessarily work with another, so we really need to depend on the Lord in our parenting. (Obviously–WHY do I even have to state such an obvious, but isn’t it true that we run to manuals more than the Lord?)

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Good news, today. I have a one size fits all parental concrete to share with you. A God-given mandatory.

We must share the mighty acts of God.

Ps 78: 4-8 (selected parts)

The things that we have seen and known, that our father’s have told us (oral, 1st hand history lesson)

We will not hide them from their children,

But tell to this coming generation, the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.

That the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn,

Here comes the why:

so that they should set their hope in God,

and not forget the works of God,

but keep his commandments,

and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.

The Israelites were famous for forgetting God. They were famous for being in bondage because of their sin and idolatry. God is warning us NOT to be like the Israelites in this passage,  but to remember all of the blessings of God and to tell them to our children.

This means that we tell stories. Stories of how God intervened in our lives.

For me, on top of the Biblical stories of God’s faithfulness through the generations,  I’d tell my kids

  • about the time we broke down in the dead of winter in Vermont, and we prayed as a family and a man walked up the driveway of our cottage and asked if we needed help
  • about the time we couldn’t afford violin lessons and had to opt out of lessons for a semester, until a complete stranger paid the kids conservatory tuition bill
  • about the time when God brought a man to build a room for us as a ministry to us when we needed a bedroom for Matthew. He build a family room/ministry room to suit our hospitality needs
  • about how God IS providing money every month to pay college tuition for TWO kids
  • about how God restored my mother in laws health after a serious brain hemorrhage and how people all across the country prayed
  • about  the every day answered prayers, for little things like grocery money, shoes, gas money and so much more

Has God done something wonderful for you? Tell it to your kids. It’s part of their heritage. Their God has done this! Don’ t forget!

This is a really intentional practice. It’s easier to complain and pass along our poor me stories, isn’t it? If you tell about your trials, tell of the Redeemer who brought you through.

Charles Spurgeon once said that we are all to prone to engrave our trials in marble and our blessings in the sand. 

We don’t want this to be our legacy. We need to share our blessings.

 

How has God acted on your behalf? Share in the comments, then share with your kids!!

 

 

 

6 comments

  1. taigen2014 says:

    Good thoughts Sarah. We try to keep the things of God before our kids, though we are not perfect in that endeavor. Currently we are praying for God to provide a financial need, keeping that before the kids, and also keeping track of how God is providing for that need. I want them to see the reality of God, that He is good, that He still cares and still provides for His people, and is completely trustworthy in order for them to give their lives over for His service.

    • Sarah Beals says:

      When the kids were very small, I’d write our requests on a paper on the fridge, and then the answer so that they could see it in a tangible way.
      Honestly, I have no problem praying for needs or requests for others. I sometimes struggled with praying for “extras” like violin lessons. We’ve learned over the years that God is not a stingy Father and is generous. He’s granted our kids blessings that were not needs like lessons, instruments, and so much more.

      • taigen2014 says:

        Yes, we have made “thermometers” on a sheet of paper, where we can track God’s provision for other things. And we have done the same for this current large purchase need. God delights in giving His children good things.

  2. aylin says:

    Sarah, I love this! i love that passage in Psalms about telling our kids about their wonderful God so they put their trust in God. We could tell many stories of His faithfulness too… Right now I should be napping which is why I dont have time to write more, but wanted to thank you.

  3. KimP says:

    My kids and I just had the chance this morning to recall how God has provided for us, helped us, cared for us and protected us :) My 5yo daughter remembered last summer how she was learning to swim and went under water too much and inhaled some water and she told me: But God didn’t let me drown. :) It’s the little things and the big things. Thanks for this wisdom Sarah…your blog is seriously one of the best!

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