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?
Tall shadows by thejbird, who licensed this photo on Flickr under a Creative Commons License.