Deuteronomy 6:7 tells parents (and grandparents) that we should be diligently teaching our kids godly principles during four specific times of the day: “when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Let’s talk about that fourth time: “When you rise”. Don’t waste your mornings with your children and never miss an opportunity to instill Christian values in them!
Here are some suggestions on how to not waste your mornings.
- Bible Study Time. A good Christian practice is to spend a few minutes (I recommend at least 10 or 15) reading some Scripture and praying before the day gets started. Let your kids see you doing this. As they shuffle out of their bedrooms, they will remember seeing Dad (and Mom) in his chair, holding a cup of coffee and reading his Bible every day. This will make a huge impression on them even after they grow up and move out. If your son or daughter is up and about before you pray, wrap your arm around his or her neck and say “I was just about to pray before the day gets started. Since you’re up I’ll do it with you” and say a very short prayer for the day. If your kids are middle school aged or older, I recommend getting them up 15 minutes earlier and getting them into a habit of reading a chapter and praying each morning. (And yes, it is perfectly acceptable to force your kids to get up and read their Bible.)
- Write Notes. Take a dry erase marker and write a verse on your kids’ bathroom mirror. Or write it on the cereal box. Or stick a personal note in their lunchbox. If you have teens that drive, leave a note on their car dashboard.
- Music. In my house, we have two things to wake us up every morning. Coffee and music. We play music during almost every waking hour of the day and especially in the morning. What you can do first thing in the morning is put on that “Mandisa Good Morning” soundtrack and get some biblical lyrics stuck in your kids’ mind before leaving home.
Don’t waste your mornings. The later the day gets, the harder it becomes to be intentional to instill Christian values in your children. If you have other suggestions or routines for your mornings, please tell us in the comments section.