We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. - Psalm 78:4
I wish I could be a fly on the wall in your home. I'm fascinated by the way other people raise and organize their families. Each and every house on the block is a different culture in and of itself.
Do you spank your children? Do you have pre-planned dinner discussions? Do you study the bible as a family? What are your Christmas traditions?
I love taking bits and pieces from other home cultures and infusing them into ours.
One thing that is definitely a part of our culture is the teaching of who God is. I'm still getting the hang of it, but I try to take advantage of hidden opportunities to instill in my children who God is and how He is.
On the ice cream, time-out, sibling rivalry, trips to the park, grocery shopping kind of days we work God into our conversations, our disciplines, our joys, and our rewards. My goal is to make His presence always known in our lives, not just a part of our lives.
And on the bigger days like Christmas, Easter, and even Halloween, we are intentional about how we define the celebration and explain symbolism.
I want my children to know the wonders He has done. Maybe even when they're old enough, we will share some of our darkest hours, for the sake of the glory of God.
Share with us! What is something you do with your family (no matter what stage of family you are in) that makes you who you are? I'll go first.
At Christmas, we set up an advent wreath on our kitchen table. We light candles and do devotions every night for four weeks leading up to Christmas day. It helps us to stay grounded in the true meaning of Christmas on a daily basis when our focus is easily spread thin between plays, programs, caroling, buying wrapping paper, finding the perfect gift, etc.
Your turn! Leave a comment to tell us about your family traditions or family culture! It could be as small as walking your kids home from school every day, or as big as a holiday tradition.
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