My hopes were high that I would launch out of the starting gate, with great success on my mission this week, which was to focus on mission. Mission is chapter 1 of Parenting in Christ: Treasures for Parenting from Jesus. Essentially, it's about preaching the gospel clearly in the home, especially to your kids.
So here was the plan
Print off & post the focus verse of the week:
"For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Sunday – Talk about the gospel
Monday – Daddy shares his testimony
Tuesday – Mom shares her testimony
Wednesday – Talk about fruit of the gospel and resting in Christ.
- The fruit of the Spirit is "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23)
Thursday – Warning about preachers of the false gospels
"I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ" (Galatians 1:6-7).
Talk about false gospels – doubt, fear, prosperity
Its fruit is "idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these" (Galatians 5:20-21).
Friday – sharing our experiences with missions with the kids
Saturday – talk about how they can live and share Christ with others
It was all written up & ready to be followed. But it was also Thanksgiving week, with family in town, shopping to do, and my first #GivingTuesday fundraiser to launch in my new role as Executive Director of Finally Family Homes. Did I mention I made all of Thanksgiving dinner, have a 3 month old, and my husband had a minor, but activity limiting surgery the day before?
So I more like sputtered and tripped and stumbled out of the gate over all of life's busyness. But how apropos, because it all starts with grace. And grace, God's desire for your good is intimately related to His mercy. In fact, the verses preceding those most famous words on grace in Ephesians 2 tell us that God "being rich in mercy .. made us alive together with Christ" (4-5). God's goodness isn't thwarted by our failures.
So here I am, in the middle of the second week and quite behind my original plan. I did however, make the time to share my testimony with my kids. In some ways, it's strange that I never thought to do this before. I've shared bits and pieces, but never just told my story all at once, as I have for others. It was brief, more tailored to their age, and over dinner. My 7 year old had a hard time paying attention. My 11 year old was keenly interested and asked many questions after. It a was beautiful and blessed experience for us all.
I also found an adorable FREE printable for the Bible Verses of the week here:
On to the next week and humility, the verse this week is "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." - from I Corinthians 1:31 and 2 Corinthians 10:17 which are references to Jeremiah 9:24.
I'm having trouble finding that one in a printable so far, but if you wanted to really go for it, there is this sticker on Amazon for $10 - that I've pinned to my Pinterest board.
I'd be curious to know, have you ever somewhat formally shared your testimony with your kid(s)? Please share in the comments.