All parents want the best for their children. There is something that God places inside of us that is undeniable and powerful. We have all heard the saying, “don’t get between a momma bear and her cub”. That is true because the momma bear will give her life to save her cubs from danger, and so will a parent.
The bear comparison may be extreme. So, the real question is, “what are we doing for the spiritual growth and safety of our children?” As our girls were growing up, we worked hard to set them up for success.
1. We provided structure at home.
Sometimes home is the most difficult place to “minister” to our families. We tend to relax more there with less structure for knowing God. And some parents just don’t know what to do. There are a few simple things we did to build bridges for our kids.
- We provided a fun backyard for our girls to invite friends to. We felt our home should be their safest, and favorite place to be. We had a pool, a trampoline, and a firepit. That is not a lot, but definitely enough. We are not talking about spoiling them, just making our place inviting.
- We took them to Christian summer camp. This was a place where we knew good people outside our family could have a deep influence in their lives.
- We did family devotions. These changed as our girls grew older. It is not always easy, but it is always worth the effort.
We learned that we were not the only influence in the lives of our girls.
2. We provided opportunities outside of our home.
Through many experiences, we learned that we were not the only influence nor the strongest in their lives. We were quick to make the most of the good events and people that went beyond dad and mom.
- We brought them to church. Simple right? Never underestimate the power of consistent church attendance in your kid’s spiritual journey. The friendships and teachers can impact with more than words.
- We went on state-side missions trips. We joined in with Summit Student Ministries for these. Life- stretching, and faith-building would describe their experiences. They saw God in ways that normal life does not afford. On a smaller scale, we also got involved in some community opportunities locally.
- We got them involved in church and teen activities. Regular events with the church group were great for surrounding them with fun and good people. That is a powerful mixture.
As parents, we would always be on the lookout for ways to put our girls where they would become better people and more dedicated believers. When our they were teenagers, we also found a mature Christ-follower to disciple and influence them. Our goal was to plant seeds of righteousness in their lives that would later grow into character and holiness.
As a ministry, First Bible desires to provide quality opportunities for families to choose from that answer the needs of each child. We aim for events that will help with social, spiritual, mental, and physical. One such event is Summer’s Best Days!
The camp falls on the week of July 25–28 at the First Bible Church campus. Together, the campers will explore TRUST through our Science-inspired, Christ-focused, action-packed camp. The week will also include crafts, Bible lessons, kickball, gaga ball, and the new exciting game of “Nine Square”. All of this under the supervision of qualified and caring staff.
Parents can register campers online or by phone: Melissa Patrick, Camper Registrar, 317-5582. Registration deadline is July 3. For all the nitty gritty, click on this link to our website: https://www.fbbc.info/event/summers-best-days-2017/
Campers must have completed the grades of Kindergarten to 6th Grade in June to attend.
Let’s team up to give every opportunity for your kids to know Christ better! Hope to see them there!