What parent doesn’t want to hear that? And yet, that’s exactly what we are called to in Deuteronomy 6:6-7. : “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.” We are called to teach our children in the everyday moments, just as Jesus taught His disciples while they did ministry together.
How can you teach your child about this week’s Advent theme, HOPE, in the everyday moments? Here are some ideas:
- When you’re on your way to a class, a team practice, or even a dentist appointment, ask your family “How can you bring hope to someone this Christmas?”
- Share scriptures of hope, like Jeremiah 29:11 and Psalm 40:5. Ask your family what those verses mean to them.
- Play music that expresses the hope we have in God.
- Encourage your children in their talents, gifts, hopes, and dreams. Give them hope for a bright future!
- Before bed time, turn off the house lights and turn on the Christmas lights. Make some hot cocoa and read a Christmas story, or just sit and enjoy the lights. Talk about what each family member is hopeful for this Christmas-beyond the presents!
- Above all, know Christ came to earth as a baby to give us hope and because His love for us knows no bounds.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”