“Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation” (Joel 1:3).
Many women I know have wonderful testimonies about how God has answered their prayers. I wonder if they remember to tell their children these stories?
Over and over in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, God tells His people to tell their children what He has done for them. Why do you think God gives that instruction?
Our experiences can help our children’s faith develop. They become part of our family’s history and heritage. The stories become part of who we are. When times get hard and life is uncertain, our children can remember the true stories we have told them about God’s faithfulness. These stories will help them face the future with confidence.
Here are some stories about you that your children should know:
• How you came to know Jesus as your personal Savior.
• How Jesus has taken care of you.
• How you met their father and why you married him.
• How God has sustained your marriage, or, if you are single now, how God has helped you.
• What you are praying about.
• Answers to prayers you have prayed in the past.
Have you told your children about something special God did for you? Do they know the story well enough they can tell it to their little ones some day?
When times get tough, remember the past. Teach your children to depend on the character of God. He is faithful.
Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.
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