I had the incredible opportunity to work with the children’s department of an international ministry for 5 years. During this season, I underwent significant personal growth (that’s for another blog), deepened my God-connection, and learned how to tune into God’s voice and leadership by watching kids (and practicing what they preached through their actions)
I loved helping children aged 6-12 recognize the voice of the Father. Beyond this, I had the tremendous joy of sharing creative strategies with parents and educators, enhancing their ability to guide kids in their spiritual journey.
I'm so excited to share some of these fantastic tools and ideas that can help you guide your kids in hearing God’s voice and following His leadership.
You might be familiar with the timeless wisdom of Proverbs 22:6, which encourages us to,
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
That verse was like my guiding light for raising my children!
I was on a mission to lead my kids down the right path and help them grow in the image of Christ. I longed for them to know the leadership of their Heavenly Father and have a close, trusting relationship with Him. So that in times of trouble, they would know the shelter to run to, and in times of confusion, His voice of wisdom would rise above the clamor of the world.
As mothers, we bear a significant responsibility
that requires strength and determination.
PLEASE NOTE | DISCLAIMER ALERT: While I firmly believe in this promise, I also have come to understand that our adult children make their own choices. It's crucial, my Lovely Lead-Her, to recognize that while we lead by example and follow the Lord's guidance in our own lives, our adult children are on their independent journeys.
STEP ONE | Lead By Example
Over the years, I've come to understand that the most pivotal aspect of guiding our children along life's path is leading by our own example. In Deuteronomy 6, God's instruction is clear:
“Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road when you are going to bed, and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
– It starts with us, the parents. We are instructed to: :
Wholeheartedly commit ourselves to loving God.
Keep these important messages on repeat.
Keep the conversation flowing.
Let them be ingrained in your thoughts.
Integrate those truths into your daily life.
Make your home a place that reflects godly principles.
STEP TWO | Become Like Children
In Matthew 11:25–27, Jesus affirms the ability of children to perceive the secrets of God’s kingdom when others could not:
“O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way!” (NLT).
I want to take you on an incredible journey, giving you tools, ideas, strategies, and encouragement. But before we get started with some practical application, I thought it important to give you time to incorporate and practice the disciplines of:
Leading By Example
My big encouragement is for you to walk with your child in this journey of tuning in to God’s voice. Be the example and stay grounded. Keep in mind the powerful truth that even from the mouths of the little ones, God ordains praise (Psalm 2 & Matthew 21:16 ).
So, as we take our children by the hand and leap into this exciting journey of getting to know the voice of the Father, don't forget to really listen to what the kids are saying.
Let's tap into that childlike wonder as we take on this adventure together.
Ready to get started?
For the next 5 weeks, I will send you an idea a week to incorporate and do with your child. These are creative adventures to take your child on.
You will be stretched to see things the way your child does.
You will be challenged to participate.
You will be invited to dialogue, communicate, and listen deeply to your child.
And, I promise you this, as you walk with your child in developing a listening heart, a receptive spirit, and wide-eyed wonder, you will walk away more in love with Jesus.