Your child can learn about Jesus at any age. Just be developmentally appropriate and fun in explaining the concepts of our faith. Here are a few techniques that worked for me in the past and continual to work on baby number two.
1. Present God in a way they can understand. James 1:17 would confuse my three-year old, but he clearly understands the concepts of light and dark. I explained that sunlight is Jesus’ light. Ironically, just this morning he asked “Mommy, can I have some of Jesus’ light in my room?”
2. All little people love music. Science has confirmed the power of the subconscious mind time and time again. While my children slept, I always played the gentlest, most anointed praise music on a very low volume. I’m no scientist, but I recognize that meditating on the Word of God shapes and forms their little spirits in very real and positive ways.
3. Worship is a powerful tool. Don’t be ashamed to worship in the company of your children. It teaches them the majesty and reality of God. Exciting still, they can see the environment changes as you worship Him. My tears used to frighten my now eighteen year old, but He soon discerned the tears were happy tears.
4. Let them see you pray. I used to wait until nap time and close my door during my prayer time. But no more. I allow my little one to see me pray and read my Bible openly. It’s hilarious. He lines up His little toys around me and does His thing while I study and pray. While I’m learning spiritual truths, he’s learning something too. Not long ago, he took my Bible and began to thumb through it. He was sitting exactly where I normally sit during my prayer time; he was even in the same position I take on the floor! They’re watching!
5. Explain Christian traditions. As I write this, it is Christmas Eve. At three, my little one fully understands the worldly concepts of Christmas – GIFTS. This is all well and good, but I have taken deliberate steps to explain the reason we celebrate this special day with gifts. I ask “Why do we give gifts for Christmas?” His response is beautiful in it’s simplicity: “Because it’s Jesus’ birthday”. We’ll work on the theology later.
Also, since I’ve remarried, I have initiated a purposeful devotional to center us before we begin our Christmas day activities. This keeps us all focused on the Jesus and His presence in our lives. Further, it’s one of the few times we’re all together in one place.
These practices work for me. I hope they bless you in some way.
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