You want to pass on your faith, but...
If you're honest, you aren't entirely sure you believe (or remember) all that stuff from Sunday School.
...but you know your kids need to know and love God.
So you're caught in the tension of wanting to teach your kids about God and the Bible, but not wanting to feel like a hypocrite...so you let it fall through the cracks.
There's hope for you.
You don't have to be a Bible scholar to teach the Bible to your kids.
You don't have to be a theologian to teach your kids about God.
All you need is the honest desire to grow an authentic faith.
And of course, you need God.
We all need more of God.
That's why I often write about mama-faith. Because WE need to start with God. We need to understand his all-consuming passion for us, so we can communicate it to our kids.
When you join this community, you will receive the inspiration you need to pursue God and cultivate your own authentic faith AND you will receive simple, fun ideas to help disciple your child.
I'm all about making family faith fun and simple so that you love it, your kids love it, and you all understand God's love better.
I believe that stories, play, laughter, and prayer are the key's to a child's soul.
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About my family, books, and ministry...
My husband and I are in the thick of parenting our three boys. (People tell me I must be busy, I'm not sure why...)
From 2006 to 2018 I worked as the Director of Children's Ministries at my home church in central Alberta, but I recently quit to focus more on this ministry and my books!
In 2012 I began work on my first book (not knowing it was a book), as I wrote weekly Bible-based devotions for the families in my church. In 2015 the devotions were released as "Wise for Salvation: Meaningful Devotions for Families with Little Ones". It is my great joy that this devotional has brought hundreds of families and children closer to God. Read more here.
My online writing has been featured multiple times at For Every Mom and (in)courage by DaySpring, as well as the following guest posts:
- Focus on the Family (7 ways your kids can connect with God)
- The Better mom (How to stop feeling like a bad mom)
- Kindred Mom (Loneliness: A Catalyst for building relationships)
- Her View From Home (We're all the walking wounded)
- The Christian Mommy (How to find answers amid your grief)
- Jelly Telly (this one on Advent candles and this one about anxious kids)
- Happy Home Fairy (Bedtime Routines to Get Your Child to Sleep)
- Graceful Abandon (Self-Care for the Mom of an Anxious Child)
- Arabah Joy Blog (Bible journaling for kids)
When I was younger I aspired to be a paediatrician in the further reaches of the globe, but after being introduced to children's ministry, I realized that the spiritual health of children was something that I valued far more than their physical health.
I read many dozens of books and attended many children's ministry conferences, trying to figure out the secret to making faith stick beyond childhood.
The closest I have come to an answer is that a child's faith is nurtured and cultivated in the home. Church, Christian schools, and Christian clubs all play a part, but if parents aren't being transformed by the love of Christ, a child's faith is unlikely to stick.
To this end, much of my blogging is devoted to encouraging and exhorting parents to deeper faith. I also find and develop resources to help us encourage and exhort our children to deeper faith.
Some articles to get you started...
If you've read this far, you're either really cool or you're my mom (who is also really cool). So here's some other stuff you might be interested to know.
- My friends describe me as kind, thoughtful, and warm. My coworkers on the other hand have alternately called my style fierce, warrior-like, and "shoot from the hip". I find that funny.
- I love to read and write fiction. In fact, if you'd like to take a look at some of my own short stories, please check them out here.
- A few years back I turned my tiny suburban front yard into a food-producing perennial garden. We have grown apricots, strawberries, haskaps, apples, and cherries all in that tiny space!
- If you and I spent the day together, and I got to pick our schedule, here's what we would do:
1) Go shopping at Value Village.
2) Go to a Zumba class at the gym.
3) Eat East Indian food or monstrous burgers piled with mushrooms.
If you'd like to contact me (so we can have our awesome day together), check out my various social media profiles at the top of the page, or send me an email (christie @ christiethomaswriter . com).