5 - Create Intentional Moments

Teach Them as You Sit Together, as You Walk and as You Lie Down

In this last session, Dave rounds out the course on growing our kids as devoted disciples of Christ. He directs our attention to three regular activities that are part of the rhythm of life, and encourages parents how to take full advantage of these times as opportunities to impart faith and godly character.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (ESV)

6And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.7You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

These three intentional times are great natural opportunities to pour into your kids.
  • Travel Time
  • Meal Time
  • Bed Time

In which of these areas do you most naturally pour into your kids? How do you do this well?
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Which of these three areas do you need to make more intentional?
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Dave noted that travel time is an ideal opportunity to ask hard questions that might normally make you squeamish. What difficult question do you need to ask your kid(s)?
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Dave gave several good ideas for bolstering the conversation and engagement during dinner time. What is something you can add to your family's dinner time routine?
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Dave shared his own memory of bedtime prayer with his parents and remembered that they prayed that they couldn't wait to see how God would use their son. What is one regular and significant thing that you can add to your nightly prayers with each of your kids that would encourage and bless them?
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This course has discussed these 5 lessons:
  1. Modeling Christ in your own life
  2. Teaching your kids what a Christ follower looks like
  3. Showing them true servanthood
  4. Fathers teaching values and offering love
  5. Taking advantage of times to pour into your kids

What have you already been doing in your family? What is the lesson from this course that you are ready to apply to your parenting? What will you do (or have already started) in order to more intentionally build a family of faithfulness?
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Sometimes (many times!) raising kids feels overwhelming and scary. Success isn't only measured in grades or trophies, but in their relationship with God. Your legacy will come from your own walk with Christ, and the instruction of His Word will lead them in the ways of the Lord. 

If you would like to read more about modeling genuine faith, you can find the Faithful Families series and other parenting resources by Dave Stone here