A Year of Family Worship

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“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.” Psalm 95:6

As moms, we have an incredible responsibility to raise our children to worship our Lord. There comes a time in every child’s life when they must take hold of their parents faith and make it their own. They have to believe for themselves. How do we as parents, insure that our children do not walk away from the faith we have taught them when they are grown? An astounding percentage of children (over 80%) leave the church when they grow up and leave home. This is across every denomination!

It isn’t enough to simply take your kids to church every now and then or even every week. You need to show them how to love their Creator, how to worship their Father, how to have a special, close relationship with Jesus Christ. You need to give them an example to follow as you daily die to yourself and walk a consecrated life for Him.“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6.

Deuteronomy 6 tells us:

Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged… And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates…

Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee. And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers… And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.

We are to teach our children to worship God and keep His commandments when we wake up and when we sit around the table and as we go through our day. Point out to your children the wonders of God, answers to prayer, miracles that happen. Pray together as a family and pray for your children – in private and with them present. And worship God together as a family.

Family worship not only strengthens their faith. Family worship strengthens your family. Having daily worship gives you an opportunity to show the children how to delight in Jesus.

Each week, over the course of this year, we will be looking at ways we can worship together as a family.

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Melissa Ringstaff

Melissa Ringstaff is a pastor’s wife, serving with her husband in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Southeastern Kentucky. She is a homeschooling mother of five plus four and Grandarlin’ to 14 (so far) grandchildren. Melissa has been blogging at A Virtuous Woman since 2001. She has written several titles including Spring Cleaning for the Heart and Home, The Homemaker’s Journal: Keeping House, and Christmas ADVENTures in Prophecy.

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2 Comments on A Year of Family Worship

  1. Kim
    February 17, 2010 at 11:45 am (4 years ago)

    Melissa,
    I wanted to let you know that I LOVE this idea and it is so timely, as I have been searching for ways to incorporate family worship into our family life with more frequency.

    I signed up to participate, but did want to add that my goal for Lent is to spend less time at the computer, so I am giving up blogging at my main family blog until after Easter. I will still be looking in on some of the posts however, as we will be spending a lot of this time developing some family worship time, so I’m looking for inspiration. After Easter, I’ll begin posting at my blog about how we have incorporated some of these ideas, as well some of my own ideas. Thank you for doing this! :0)

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  2. Michelle
    February 18, 2010 at 3:02 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Melissa,

    WOW! This is soooo great!! We are all about encouraging families to do a time of family worship. Email me back and I’ll let you know what Seeds Family Worship is all about.

    Keep planting!
    Michelle

    http://www.seedsfamilyworship.com

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