God is the cornerstone of our family's life. Our family faces spiritual warfare around every corner so itís vital we build our home on a spiritual foundation thatís constructed on the word of God. There are a number of scriptures in the bible discussing the importance of training our children. Where does this training begin? Our home is the starting point for the development our childrenís relationship with the bible and God. Life is busy for everyone but we should never be too busy to find ways to honor and encourage our childrenís love for him. Here are 10 ideas on how to incorporate God into your home.
1. Family bible study- Schedule a day to study the scriptures together outside of church. Family bible study is a spiritual bonding experience that will enhance your familyís relationship with one another and God.
2. Create a spiritual statement for your family-Write a spiritual statement that reflects what God, his principals, and commandments mean to your family. Verbalize your commitment to God as a family and frame it in your home.
3. Attend church together- Church is more than a ritual. Church is a place where members of the body of Christ gather to fellowship, worship and share their spiritual gifts. Church can be a second home to your children and an anchor when they are out in the world surrounded by temptations. Going to church together as a family strengthens each of you individually and collectively.
4. Gift each family member a blessings journal- Journaling is a wonderful way for your family to record their prayers, blessings and thoughts. Journals are great gifts for birthdays, Christmas or an annual New Yearís present. It is a wonderful gift when theyíre able to look back in their journal and see the many ways that God has blessed them and answered their prayers.
5. Create a grateful calendar- Each person writes one thing they are grateful for from God on the calendar every day. It reminds your kids how much they have to be grateful for and may help them take less for granted.
6. Encourage youth fellowship in your home- If you have tweens or teens encourage them to join a youth fellowship group and have them meet in your home to have bible study or even to just hang out.
7. Develop spiritual goals for your family-Spiritual goal for your family are essential for your spiritual growth as a family and for individual maturity. Spiritual goals can be bible study, tithing, serving, scripture memorization, or anything that God moves on you to do. Pray about your goals as a family.
8. Pray together-Carve out a time in the day for family prayer (before school, bedtime , etc.). The family that prays together stays together.
9. Honor spiritual holidays and create traditions around them- Donít allow holidays to be just about the gifts. Create rich holiday traditions that express the real meaning of the holiday and honors God. For example, this year you may want to try implementing advent in your Christmas tradition to celebrate the birth of Jesus in the days leading up to the 25th.
10. Guard your home and keep it holy-Pay attention to what is coming into your home and cleanse it regularly.