Sunday, June 14, 2009

Soulful Sunday: Celebrating Your Family Identity

Jim Burns, Ph.D.

for the full article click here. below is a small portion

Talk about faith :
Spiritual topics don’t always come naturally for families. Discussions about God, however, can help build family identity. They also help kids have strong convictions as they get older.
Maybe you have some anxiety about starting a faith conversation with your children. Remember, your talk doesn’t have to be forced or lengthy; it can be simple, short and spontaneous. Let the discussion be as natural as possible. Getting preachy with your children can be just as unhelpful as avoiding the topic of faith.
One way to create opportunities to share your faith with your kids is to pray with them every day and do a weekly family devotional, even if only for five minutes. When your children are exposed to God’s truth in small amounts, it can, as a friend of mine says, “help them develop a sweet tooth for Jesus.”
Jesus said, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock” (Matthew 7:24-25).
This truth applies to families. At some point, storms will come to every family. But when you proactively build a strong family identity on the rock of Christ, your family can withstand whatever winds and rains come your way. A strong family identity will give your kids a solid foundation to cling to during those difficult times.


  1. Hey April! Great post--I couldn't agree more!

  2. Loved your article about training up children to pass on the torch of FAITH. This is how the truth of the gospel has been passed on through the ages. Without a parent carrying that torch to the next generataion will be subject to a watered down faith in Christ. God rejoices greatly when He finds his children walking in truth.
    Love you


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