It always amazes me to catch sight of kids that I haven’t seen in a while; they’ve grown by leaps and bounds!
Our Rotation this month is a story that kids can relate to – it’s about Jesus as a young boy.
The Bible tells us that at this time in his life Jesus grew strong and wise. (Luke 2:40)
And from the story we can also glean that Jesus was growing in other ways: he was exploring his calling; he was delving into his spiritual self.
Do we allow our kids the chance to grow spiritually?
Granted, Jesus was twelve years old in our story but even young children — preschoolers! — are spiritual.
Here are ways to encourage spiritual growth in all ages:
- Surround your child with people who genuinely demonstrate God’s care for your child. Obviously this is present in your household, but having a church family is important as well.
- Create a daily time of being intentionally still and seeking God in prayer. This may be best accomplished at bedtime.
- Share joys and concerns around the family dinner table. (Or wherever your family is gathered together.) This serves as a reminder that God is listening to them and cares about them.
- Keep a gratitude list. Or follow other ways of counting thankfuls.
- Take them out into nature. Create opportunities to see and touch and hear the world around them that God has made.
- Offer daily blessings as a way to reassure your child that God thinks highly of them.
What are ways that you expand your child’s spiritual awareness? Are they growing their spiritual side?