Happy New Year!
I hope you have already had a great start to the 2013 year and that 2012 was filled with joy and fond memories for you and your family. As we begin a new year, it never fails that we all make some type of new year’s resolution for ourselves. A new year is also a great time to make resolutions for our families. Here are three resolutions that all families should make for 2013:
1. Attend church services regularly with your family.
“…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” -Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
Children model what they learn from their parents. What better way to help your children get into the habit of attending church is there than bringing them to church regularly? Allowing children to sit in a worship service with you can also teach them the importance of worshipping God because they see the importance of it in your own life.
2. Read the Bible daily with your children.
“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children…” -Deut. 6:6-7a (ESV)
Reading the Bible with your children daily, is very important to their spiritual health. They cannot learn enough about God by only attending church once or twice a week. If you don’t know where to start, a family devotional guide can help. A series of family devotionals that I recommend is called “Keys for Kids”, published by Children’s Bible Hour Ministries. If you go to www.cbhministries.org, you can find the sign-up link to receive their free monthly devotionals by mail or email.
3. Talk about God throughout the day.
“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” -Deut. 6:7 (ESV)
Talking about God during different times of the day will teach your children that God is with us all the time and that we should worship Him all day, every day. It may seem awkward at first, but if you make talking about God a priority in your family’s daily life you will help instill spiritual truths in your children that will last for a lifetime.
Perhaps you are already doing these things with your family. What additional steps can your family take this year to help everyone come closer to God?
I pray that you and your family have a fantastic 2013!