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Tell the Good things God has Done

Our children need to know of the faithfulness of God.  Peter and I are very aware that we are building our family on the shoulders of our faithful fathers and mothers, and our faithful grandparents as well.  In God’s kingdom there are no grandchildren – we all need to come to a personal faith but at the same time we can have a heritage where our forefathers have walked with God.  This gives us a depth of wisdom and godly living as an example, that we can draw from in our own life and pass onto our children.

One of the things that I really want my children to know is that God is a God who does not change – and that the God who has been faithful to their great grandparents, grandparents and parents will be faithful to them as well.  I also want them to know that God does new things and that He may well call on them to step out and do something new with Him.

One of the opportunities I have to establish this in my children’s heart is to tell God stories.  God stories are simply retelling and remembering how God has been involved in our life.   Such as:

  • How Peter and I came together
  • The heart messages and scriptures that we want to live by
  • Our salvation stories, and the salvation stories of their grandparents
  • Of miracles and providential care that we have seen in our life
  • How God has been involved in major decisions
  • Recognising the blessings God has given to us

God established celebrations for the people of Israel throughout the year so that they would have key times to share these Gods stories with their kids.  I would like to establish a new tradition in our home where we use New Year’s Day to share these things intentionally.  Of course we won’t be able to retell each and every story but we can certainly discuss God’s goodness to us – and maybe even reflect on the year just gone and record yet another story for our family and for generations to come.

Another time in our year that we reflect on these things is our Wedding Anniversary because this is the day our family began.  Our wedding itself is a celebration of God at work in our lives.  So not only do I like to revisit wedding photos and video footage, but I also like to talk about how God has shaped our family, how He has blessed us and how thankful we are.

I love scrapbooking so I have set out to create a “faithbook” for my family to enjoy.  But this isn’t the only way we can record our God stories.  We can write letters or journals or we can keep mementos of significant events.  The important thing is that we don’t let year after year slip away without giving thanks and recognition to God of how He is involved in our life.

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I’m joining many other bloggers with The Nesters challenge to blog on one topic for 31 days in October.   I hope you will revisit my series and many other blogs over the month of October.

Yes, I know October is over, but I slipped a little behind so I’m still finishing up the series!

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An Alternative to Chocolate

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Family Bible Study is Tricky with all the Different Ages

 

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