Every week, we want to provide our nursery parents with tips on how to cultivate core spiritual disciplines in their children and how to help them connect with God throughout the week.
Songs of the Month Putting a melody to words always helps us to memorize them better! Because of this, Teacher Rebecca has helped to compile a list of children's worship songs for your child that communicate simple truths about God and His Word. Our little ones learn best when things are repeated, so the list of songs provided will be utilized for the rest of December. Some of the songs may be familiar to your child, as they've been sung at least once in their Sunday School class before!
We recommend that you take some time each day to review at least one of these songs with your child. We've selected example videos with body motions, so you can dance and worship alongside him/her! This month, our songs will focus on living with God's help through His Word and Spirit.
Helping Your Child Develop a Habit of Prayer Teaching your child to cultivate a habit of prayer from an early age is an effective way to help him/her to build living, lasting faith. If you don't already have a prayer system in place for your child, here are some suggestions that we've come up with for you to do each day!
Lead your child to pray before mealtime. Before each meal, have your child say/sing a short, fun, and structured prayer such as this one to help them develop the habit of prayer before eating and learn to thank God for His daily provision.
Lead your child to pray before bedtime: It can be hard for our little ones to know what to pray for when asked. So, we are providing you with focused questions that you can ask your children and turn into prayers at night, or really any time of the day! Praying with your child gives you, the parent, an opportunity to encourage and speak biblical truth to your child, especially if something happened during the day!
The B-I-B-L-E Did you know that it's not too early to teach your child how to read the Bible? If you read to your child regularly from a simplified bible for tots, it will help your child to develop an appreciation for/eagerness to read God's Word early on in his/her life. I personally love to use Sally Lloyd Jones' Jesus Story Book Bible to introduce the stories of the Old and New Testaments to kiddos. They love it, because of all the colored pictures! If you would like a copy of a simplified Bible for your child, please contact Ms. Valerie and let her know.
Start by Becoming a Praying Parent Helping your child to become a faithful Christ-follower begins with YOU, the parent. Parents are called to impress God's commandments on their children (Deuteronomy 6:6-7), but the only way for them to do this effectively is if they surrender their children to the Lord and rely on His strength and Spirit to guide them. Because of this, I will be sharing a collection of prayers with you from the book The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian to help you learn how to put your child's life in God's hands and lead him/her according to His ways.
This week's prayer is for God to allow your child to live a life free of unforgiveness.
Lord, I pray that You would enable (name of child) to live in ongoing forgiveness. Teach him (her) the depth of Your forgiveness toward him (her) so that he (she) can be freely forgiving toward others. Help him (her) to make the decision to forgive based on what You've asked us to do and not on what feels good at the moment. May he (she) understand that forgiveness doesn't justify the other person's actions; instead, it makes (her) free. Help him (her) to understand that only You know the whole story about any of us, and that's why he (she) doesn't have the right to judge.
Lord, Your Word says, "He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes'' (1 John 2:10-11). Show me places where I walk in the darkness of unforgiveness. I don't want that in my life. I want to see clearly and know where I'm going. And I pray that for my child as well. May he (she) always walk in the light of love and forgiveness. Enable him (her) to forgive family members, friends, and all others as well. Teach him (her) to release the past to You so that he (she) can move into all that You have for him (her). Don't allow him (her) to harbor resentment, bitterness, and anger, but rather help him (her) to turn these feelings over to You immediately whenever they creep in.
I pray that he (she) will forgive himself (herself) for times of failure, and may he (she) never blame You, Lord, for things that happen on this earth and in his (her) life. According to Your Word I pray that he (she) will love his (her) enemies, bless those who curse him (her), do good to those who hate him (her), and pray for those who spitefully use and persecute him (her), so that he (she) may enjoy all Your blessings (Matthew 5:44-45). I pray that he (she) will live in the fullness of Your forgiveness for him (her) and walk in the freedom of forgiveness in his (her) own heart.
In Jesus' name I pray Amen
For questions, concerns, or to get connected, please contact Children's Minister Ms. Valerie.