I am having such a fun time writing this bible study! If this is the first post you are reading of this series, here are the links back to the intro, week one, and week two. This week I am writing all about serving your family.
When you think of family, a few different things can come to mind. Family to you might mean your spouse and children, or your children and parents, or if you are close to extended family that word might include all of them. Whatever family means to you, this can apply to them.
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for those of his household, he has denied faith and is worse than an unbeliever. ~ 1 Timothy 5:8
So, these verses I have found for family don’t necessarily have the word “serve” in them like others do, but they can easily be interpreted into ways you can serve your family.
This chapter of 1 Timothy is actually instructions for the church from Paul to members of his church, specifically his delegate Timothy, regarding his ministry. Although these were meant as instructions to the church, we can take these words to heart as members of the living body of church. When I hear this Bible verse, I feel like this means we should not only be providing for our family but sharing our faith with our family members, especially our household.
Sharing our faith with our household I feel is probably something God loves the most. Seeing us grow in our faith as we share it with others. Praying together as a family, reading Scripture as a family, and my personal family favorite having worship music dance parties in the kitchen. Finding daily habits you can share as a family is an easy and lasting way to instill the word in your household.
Being mindful of talking to family members about your faith I feel is important too. I don’t necessarily mean preach the gospel every time you are at a family gathering, but living your life according to God’s word and also being open to share if you feel led is a way you can share your faith with your family.
The next two bible verses are directed towards raising children. If this doesn’t apply to you, I hope you still are able to learn something; however I write what I know. With two toddlers in my house I am constantly reading scripture to work on being a better parent.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord. ~ Ephesians 6:4
You know that famous bible verse from 1 Corinthians that’s read at most weddings (including my own)? “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not easily angered…” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 if you want to read the entire thing). So many times in the bible we automatically, or at least I do, think of love being with your spouse. While this is great, I have been coming back to this 1 Corinthians verse about love as relating to my children.
As a stay at home mom, how many times in a day could I practice more patience? How often am I easily angered at something my children do? I am not perfect by any means, but I am constantly working on improving my patience and my quick temper on my difficult days at home. In this specific bible verse, it is referring to fathers; however this can apply to all parents. As trying it can be at times (especially with toddlers), trying not to treat our children out of a place of anger but rather love and patience will leave a lasting impression on our kids.
Now I’m not saying you should never get mad, because obviously there are times that warrant it, but focusing on joy and patience on a daily basis can help you come from a more positive place. I know when I focus on the positives I always have a better day with my kids. Figuring out what some of your triggers are when you’re having a rough day with your kids is important. For me, my triggers are when I don’t get alone/quiet time before they wake up, lack of sleep, and too much expectation for the day. When I get enough sleep, wake up before the kids for my quiet/devotional time, and lower my expectations for the day I am in a much better mood. When I’m in a better mood, it’s easy to come from a place of love versus anger or impatience.
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older they will not leave it. Proverbs 22:6
Every day at some point, my family and I turn on worship music and we all sing and dance as goofy as possible. Not only is it fun, and most of my favorite memories are from dancing in my kitchen with my husband and kids, it’s such an easy way to share the word especially with kids. To hear my 3 year old singing Jesus Loves me or The B-I-B-L-E around the house makes my heart soar.
The best part of this season of childhood is that my 3 year old is a sponge! She loves learning and singing and dancing, so what works for her to learn the Word easily is through worship music. We also have a children’s Bible we read daily, and we also have her in a weekly Sunday night kid’s group at church called Awanna. We as parents know our children best, and not every child is the same. If your child loves books, get them a Bible with lots of pictures and other Bible books they can read too. If they love arts and crafts, get them a Bible themed coloring book and go to Pinterest to find easy to make Bible themed crafts.
If your child is older, think of ways you can incorporate Scripture into their daily lives. Maybe you can get them a devotional book or a Bible study/game app on their phone or tablet. If they love action movies or comic books, there sell amazing comic book story Bibles. Whatever your child is into, there are simple and creative ways to incorporate God into their daily routines.
That’s it for Week 3! Next week, which is the final week of the series, will be all about serving your church/community. I hope you are enjoying it so far! I challenge you this week to work on patience with your children, as well as a new activity or routine that will help incorporate Scripture into your child’s daily lives.