from Joyce Baker

Teach your children about Jesus

When life is good

When life is difficult

When life is exciting

When life is restrictive

When life is celebratory

When life is scary

When life is being lived

Teach your children about Jesus

Life is full of the unexpected. We can plan and prepare, but life doesn’t follow our plans – we don’t control it. God tells us in His word, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9. Also, James 4:13-14 reminds us, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”

Since I never attempted to pretend the unattainable state of perfection as a mother, my children know my flaws. They’ve seen me respond well and appropriately in positive and negative everyday life situations and crises. And, they’ve seen me react poorly and/or frustratedly in everyday life situations and crises.  

Because I know how inadequate I am in my own strength to live independent of God’s gracious love and help, I wanted my children to understand the importance of dependence on Him above any other. So I intentionally pointed them to Jesus daily – He never fails. He always responds appropriately. He is faithful. 

How did I point them to Jesus? In our home we spoke of Him often. My go-to response in crises is to stop and pray. My children have participated in this most of the time since they were very young. Sometimes in unexpected situations, like being delayed because someone needed to be corrected or a traffic jam, for example, I might get frustrated. Then I would have to ask their forgiveness and in so doing point them to Jesus. 

We also talked about Jesus when talking about everyday things in life, as well as the highs and lows. My husband and I created a safe and open place to voice recognition and gratitude to God for His presence in our lives. This is what it means to do life together. It’s part of viewing and treating our children as people.

So when life … teach your children about Jesus. 

Joyce Baker is the mother of four grown children and “Mimi” to four precious grandchildren. Joyce has served side by side with her husband, Steve, in ministry for forty years with a heart for encouraging families to grow together in Christ. Her ministry is marked with the recognition that every person is a unique individual with purpose and a need for those unique qualities to be encouraged. Dr. Kathy is excited to welcome her as an Associate Writer and Speaker for Celebrate Kids, Inc.

Joyce and her husband Steve have written iParenting for parents who want to be more intentional with their children. Order it here: