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In the Bible, God gives us the instructions for when and how parents are to spiritually train their children.

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 4:6-9, NIV)

When can parents share faith with their children? Let’s look at the verse again.

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 4:6-9, NIV)

Encourage parents to choose a time of day that works best for their family. Some families are only together in the morning or evening. Other families make meal time a priority. Still other families spend hours traveling to and from school, work, and activities. Once parents identify a time that their family is already together, they can plan to use that time for faith discussions or devotions.

How can parents share their faith? Once again, the Bible provides the answer.

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 4:6-9, NIV)

Parents were instructed to talk to their children. However, they were also called to action through the words tie, bind, and write. Family devotions should include elements of talk and action. Actions could include playing a game to illustrate the Bible point, making a craft or art project with the Bible verse, saying a verse while throwing a ball, or doing a service activity like visiting a home for the elderly or gathering supplies for the homeless.

Help parents recognize the best when and how for their families. Examples are listed below.

Meal Time: Many families eat together, but it may not necessarily be around the table at home. Provide resources that parents can use anytime and anywhere their family is eating together.

7 FREE Meal Time Activities for Families

Bed Time: Bedtime is one of the best times to get children interested in faith conversations because they will talk about anything to avoid going to sleep! Help parents take advantage of this time by providing appropriate resources.

Sample Bedtime Activity

Travel Time: For families that spend a significant amount of time traveling by bus, car, or walking provide resources that they can use during this time.

Sample Travel Time Activity

Unplanned moments: Encourage parents to spend time on their own in prayer asking God to provide moments during the day for them to talk with their children about faith. Take advantage of those times. You don’t have to be a Bible scholar. Simply bring God into the conversation or relate a story from your own life when God helped you in a similar situation. Both of my daughters were saved during unplanned moments. My oldest daughter began talking about Jesus at bedtime and asked Him to be her Savior in that moment. My youngest daughter asked to pray to receive Christ while I was brushing her hair! God will set up divine appointments for you during the day. Don’t miss them.

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