Re-thinking what is most important has given me a renewed passion for helping share the gospel. I was up for hours Saturday night thinking about what I would change if I knew Jesus was coming back in the very near future. As I consider where I am going to spend my time during the next week, month, and year, I have realized that I cannot continue to blog at all if I am not going to reach out to people with the Good News of Jesus Christ, crucified, buried and resurrected on the third day. One of the ways I am approaching this new focus is through providing you with resources to talk about the Gospel with your own children.
Because, honestly, I haven’t been telling my kids about the Good News of Jesus Christ nearly enough or as well as I should have been. I need to step up to the plate and parent as a more intentional Christian. I’m looking for and creating resources that can help me! I started this morning by talking to my little five-year-olds about Jesus and heaven.
Every morning, they come climb in my bed to get a little cuddle time before they start the day. This morning, we had the most interesting conversation about Jesus, and heaven, and what heaven looks like, and what hell looks like — it is absolutely precious what five-year-olds will start thinking-out-loud when you start a deep conversation with them!
When is the last time you talked with your kids about the Gospel?
This evening as I put the boys to bed, I took a few minutes to warn them that we may not be able to go to the pool tomorrow because the air-conditioner repairman is coming between 10 and 2. If he comes closer to 10, we can still go. But if he comes at 2, we won’t make it. I suggested they pray about it. My eight-year-old asked if I would lead them in a prayer, so I did.
It’s such a small thing, but it communicates that God wants to be a part of even the smallest of things. Tomorrow, we are going to talk about some of my missionary friends living in third-countries without air-conditioning OR pools so that they can share the Gospel message.
I’m not trying to force these conversations, I want them to be natural outpourings of a life lived for Jesus. All in For Jesus.
Here are some of the unique resources I have found in my search:
Laying the Foundation: The Apostles Creed from Intoxicated on Life
New Testament Bible Reading Journal from Kids in the Word
God Loves You by Shirley Dobson — I’ve used these little coloring books with my big kids back when they were little, but somehow I had forgotten about them. I just ordered two more for the twins. This one is just the salvation message.
My Bible Coloring Book by Shirley Dobson – all of the coloring pages in one big book.