Be Transparent

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth. Deuteronomy 11:18-21 (NIV)

The Bible tells us that we should teach God’s Word (the Bible) to our children.  The Bible then goes on to give examples of when we should share God’s Word – at home, when we’re out walking, at bedtime and in the morning.  The point here is that we should talk about what the Bible says with our children all the time.

The only way that we can share God’s Word is by reading or listening to God’s Word on a consistent basis.  Try taking just 10 minutes per day to read the Bible.  Don’t know where to start?  Click the link here for a great Summer Bible Reading Plan.

Another part of being transparent is to allow your family to see your faith in action.  Children learn more from what they see us do as opposed to what we tell them to do.  Use the simple prayer tip below to start being transparent with your family concerning your prayer life.

Prayer Instructions
Prayer Format: Tag-Team Prayer
Details:  It’s important for families to pray together regularly.  To develop a habit of prayer with your family, try using the Tag-Team Prayer method.  While standing in a circle, join hands with the other family members.  Next, have each person talk to God and share one thing they are thankful for and one thing they need from God.  When the last person is done, simply say “Amen” (used at the end of prayers as a statement of agreement or to indicate that something is true).