How to help your kids grow in faith
As parents, we all know how guilt-inducing it is to realize yet another day has gone by and we haven't intentionally shared our faith with our kids.
Have you ever wished for a way to learn to build that habit into your day without adding a 25th hour?
Believe me, I know just how you feel!
I have 3 young boys, and used to have this lovely little habit of doing a 3 minute devotion with our boys just before bed, and it worked so well. (I mean, we did it about 4 times per week, so that was a win in my books.)
But then, our eldest got older (gasp!) and outgrew the book we were using and it all fell apart. Sigh.
We floundered to find a good time to connect with all of them spiritually for over a year, as I tried a variety of things to connect with all 3 boys at the same time. With 3 boys with a 5 year age span, that was HARD.
Does this ring true with you?
Do you long to have meaningful connection with God, but aren't sure how to get there?
Back when we were floundering about, trying to find the time to teach our kids Biblical truths, I discovered something crucial to our success.
I discovered the power of small faith habits. These small faith habits become the roots of our family faith life, enabling us to grow and flourish.
I discovered that by attaching these small habits on other habits we already had (like eating breakfast and going to bed), they were more likely to happen.
Because you know what?
Family faith isn't about doing MORE. (shocker, right?) It's about inviting Christ into what you're already doing.
Blessing your child at bedtime.
Reading the Bible at breakfast.
Praying in the car.
Worshipping God at church in a way that actually connects.
“Even though it can be so overwhelming to think of all the things that I am "supposed" to be doing to make sure my kids grow up connected to Christ, you are able to break them down into the most manageable steps."
Sarah (mother of two boys in early/mid elementary)
And the more tiny habits you incorporate, the more your kids start to connect their faith and their life.
They start ASKING to do devotions, to read the Bible, and to pray.
THEY ask to do it?
Yup. No more eye rolling.
And when your kids actually LIKE talking to you about God, like reading the Bible, and actually connect with God through worship and prayer, your family culture changes.
I know God led me to this group—it’s helping me flourish just as much as
it helps me encourage my children to flourish. And the best part is
I get to take it with me each time I move.
Laura (mom of 3, military family)
But if you want to make these changes in your family, you can't just go scouring the internet every week, looking for new ideas.
You need a vision, otherwise you'll flounder around, never making any progress.
You need to pick a couple key habits, and do them consistently.
And you need community, because habit formation works best in community, because of the accountability provided when others are on the journey with you.
Otherwise you'll never get started because you'll be overwhelmed and guilty.
Making changes is HARD. But not impossible. And the best way to make changes is to have a vision, build in TINY keystone habits, and have community support.
“You get the expertise of Christie and the knowledge that she has, so that way you don't have to go scouring the internet for things when it's all right conveniently located there. You provide great resources that help us grow and mature and give us community to keep us accountable, and to lift one another up, and to fellowship and to pray for and with each other."
Shanna (mother of two boys in early elementary)
When you first begin to make changes in your family habits, it can be scary and awkward. But after pushing through the awkward stuff with my kids, we've found a really great balance!
But we're still learning.
The good news is that we don't need a theology degree to help our kids grow in faith. We just need the Holy Spirit! And the Bible. haha. But you don't need to spend $$$ on a degree to be able to share your faith with your kids.
This membership site is something that is very dear to my heart.
As a former Children's Ministry leader, I know that most parents are dropping their kids off at Sunday School and hoping for the best. Sure, Sunday School is awesome.
But THE MOST EFFECTIVE way to help your kids grow a deep faith is to nurture it yourself.
So let me walk you through the process.
As you go through the HopeGrown Faith material, you'll be introduced to the Family Faith Growth Path, which will help you gain clarity about where you currently are and direction for the future.
“The growth path has affirmed and empowered us with greater understanding of how much our kids have grown, where we are at now, and what the next steps are. It helps us to notice growth when we would otherwise be unaware."
Jenica (international missionary and mother of two boys in preschool/early elementary)
Each resource in the membership library, and each resource I come out with on a monthly basis, targets one or more of the specific growth stages.
Each video, each downloadable resource, each resource list is designed to help you take SMALL steps toward a lifetime of family faith.
I want you to succeed.
I want your kids to become like Jesus and share Him with others.
I want to help you fulfill your calling to nurture your child's faith, while remaining confident that God is calling you and your child into His love.
I want to help you cultivate small, consistent habits that transform your family faith.
And I want to help you do that with creativity, helping each of your unique children know Jesus.
So you're probably wondering what exactly you'll be learning!
Receive a small bundle of resources each month that will help you FOCUS in one key area of your family's faith life.
You'll start to have meaningful conversations, enjoy reading the Bible, and have a deeper prayer life.
JOIN A PRAYER CIRCLE:
Learn to pray strategically for your kids in a 6-week prayer circle.
Join one of our challenges and really hone a skill in one area!
Take a peek inside:
A ThoughtFul Easter
$ 15 value
It's not too late to transform the way your kids think about Easter. Register today to receive access to this plug-and-play series.
Wise For Salvation (the complete e-book)
Ready to start reading the Bible regularly with your preschoolers? Register today and you can start immediately with this printable e-book!
Stories To Stir The Soul
Help your children understand their identity in Christ, God's love, and the power of prayer and the Bible through these 3 life-changing stories.
I was the Children's Ministry Director in my church in Alberta, Canada for most of 2006 to 2018.
When I wasn't leading the children's ministry, I was birthing and raising three sons in partnership with my husband, Jonathon.
During those years in ministry, I realized that a lot of parents felt too busy or unequipped to nurture their child's faith, and were dropping their kids off in my ministry to be trained by the "experts".
Apparently *I* was the expert!
But I firmly believe that every parent can be an expert at guiding their own child in faith.
HopeGrown Faith simplifies family faith so you can be an expert faith-builder.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
A membership provides the ongoing support that parents need, while giving information and resources in small doses so they don't feel overwhelmed or guilty. Each member knows where they fall in the growth path, so they know which resources apply to their family.
After paying on the secure page, you'll be taken to a registration page. You'll create your login info and be all set to go. Your next email will include your bonuses, and will give you an introduction to the site. Then I will send you a few emails to help you figure out where to start, and where to find what you need.
You will have access to the material as long as you remain a monthly member!
You do not need Facebook! I have a dedicated membership site where you can log on at your convenience and access what you need. The Facebook group is an extra touchpoint for those who would like more connection with other parents.
The membership is specifically designed so that overwhelmed parents don't become MORE overwhelmed! I share only one new resource/video per week. Everything is designed in do-able chunks. As Shanna says, "I think there is so much goodness in this membership - not overwhelming. You can do as much or little as you want." In fact, not everything WILL be useful for you. The beautiful of the membership site is that you get ongoing support. The community and resources are there when YOU need them, not the other way around. If you find yourself unable to connect with the community for a month or use the resources, it's all still available for when you are able to reconnect.
I used a secure payment processor called Stripe. Stripe is VERY widely used worldwide. Your information is VERY safe!
I hope you won't, but if you do, it's simple - you just email me! I am very open to conversations on this topic. Here's what Jenica, a missionary, has to say about that: "Unlike picking up a book at the Christian bookstore, with these resources we actually have contact with the author! If we have a doubt or a need, Christie is just a click away and so willing to help!"
I know there’s lots of “too good to be true” promotions online so you want to carefully choose who you learn from!
That’s why I’ve included a one month risk-free trial period. Try HopeGrown Faith. If it’s not everything that I say it is and you don’t feel like I’ve delivered, let me know and I’ll refund your first month’s fee.
HopeGrown Faith is unique, in that it focuses simply on the faith-sharing aspects of parenting. Of course, this will impact many aspects of your life, but I don't speak more generally about homemaking or parenting. The beauty of this focus is that this membership will cost a lot less than one that talks about every aspect of parenting!
A low monthly fee is the best way to pay for a membership site, because it doesn't cost your firstborn child just to check it out. It's low risk! If you are ready to jump in and would like to save a few dollars, there is an annual fee option.
If you have another question, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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