What to do when your kids go away from the Faith they were taught
I am probably writing this and at one point each of you probably have had either a panic attach thinking about this or lived through your Children trying to figure out their Faith. I honestly can say, I don’t have an answer that fits all situations and also I am still walking through this with our children. So, please don’t think this article will be an “Oh Yeah” moment. It is going to hopefully be one that encourages you and challenges your thinking.
Encouragement for the Weary Parent
Encouragement, not a solution
Prayer: Simple word, hard to commit to. Are you a fixer? I am. I try to fix everything. I have had to learn I can’t fix my children’s relationship with the Father. All I can do is talk Christ and communicate with Him my heart. Commit to pray for your children.
Pray for them. Be sure you are praying for their walk with Christ to be authentic and not what you think their walk should be like.
You are not their Holy Spirit: This was a “coming to Jesus moment” when I finally released my children to Christ. I think I heard my husband over 100 times telling me that I was a helicopter mom. I tried to make my children’s lives comfortable, easier, and problem free. I was so wrong.
You can’t be your children’s Holy Spirit. You have to train up your children and teach them God’s commands then let the Holy Spirit be in control of their lives. It is a huge release when you finally take that step and trust God to be the one to direct your children.
Model your faith, don’t preach it. Deuteronomy 6: 4-9 teaches us to Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, mind and strength. It tells us to love Him alone. This will overflow to your children. They will see the joy you have, the faith you have and the peace you have. Also they will see that overflow into service to others. This is probably the biggest encouragement I can give you is to Love God will all you have. Live out your faith by your actions and then use words if necessary.
Hopefully these encouragements will be ones that help make navigating through your children trying to define their faith easier and comforting. When our kids walk away from the faith they were taught doesn’t mean they are not believers, it possibly just could be they don’t express their faith the same as you.
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