Are you remembering to include the most important topic in your family discussion? These questions can help get you and your kids started thinking about God’s involvement in your life every day.
As parents we talk to our kids about a lot of things.
We fill their heads with information: character lessons, life skills, safety tips, history lessons, math facts, intriguing trivia . . .
And then we try to get information out of them: What did you eat for lunch? Who did you sit with? What do you want to be when you grow up? Where did you get that idea? Did you really just dip your brother’s toothbrush in the toilet?
We love to talk to our kids, to know what they’re thinking, to find out who they are. Okay, there are some conversations that are no fun at all. And we don’t really want their thoughts on current chore requirements or what’s being served for dinner!
Those two links are the most popular posts here at Joy In My Kitchen. I think that indicates that we parents want to understand our kids. To know the right questions to ask. The questions on those lists are great. They encompass an important part of being an interactive parent.
But I’d like to suggest that there’s an even more important question we can be asking. A more valuable family discussion that could be taking place every day.
Psalm 145:4 says,
“One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.”
We need to be talking to our kids about the ways we see God at work in the world around us and in our daily lives. And we should ask them where they’ve recognized God’s presence and power.
Psalm 33:5 states,
“The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord.”
Even in the midst of horrific world events, significant personal trial and miserable days in our own homes, God is at work! God’s plans have not been thwarted. God’s character remains consistent. God is doing good things in, through and for His people ALL the time.
Count on it.
Look for it.
Let’s include God in our family discussion.
I’m not just talking about reading Bible story books (see a list of our favorites for all ages here).
And I don’t mean establishing a family Bible time, though I’ve got 5 reasons to encourage you in the benefits of that as well!
We need to make a point of talking with our families about the ways God is at work in our own hearts and in the world around us today.
In Deuteronomy 6:7 Moses gives this instruction about the words and works of God:
“You shall teach them diligently to your sons 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 up.”
Remembering to talk about this everyday when it’s not yet a habit may seem daunting. Pick one day a week to start – Sunday lunch, Thursday supper? Put a reminder on your calendar or in your phone. The more you do talk about our amazing God, the more you’ll want to talk about Him. Pretty soon you won’t need that reminder anymore!
Questions to Get Your Family Discussion Going
If you’re not used to talking about these things it may feel or sound awkward at first. That’s okay! Keep at it until becomes second nature. Try these questions if you’re unsure how to start.
What has God done for you today?
What did God help you with today?
Have you received any answers to prayer today?
What have you seen God do for someone else today?
What happened today that reminded you of God’s character?
How have you see God’s faithfulness today?
Did you notice anything amazing in God’s creation today?
How did you see God’s power displayed today?
I think about God a lot – I experience His lovingkindness and notice His mighty acts. I don’t always verbalize those things to my kids. I want that to change. I want them to be aware of and talk about God’s awesomeness on their own. They need to hear me do that first.
Will you (or do you already) include God in your family discussion?