{Parenting} Teaching our children to step into the presence of God

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by Cindy Morrone

“The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. “(1 Kings 19:11-12)

A little bit ago, the Lord laid on my heart the importance of teaching our precious girlies how to welcome, step into and rest in the presence of God. They are growing up in a much different world than what I grew up in. Where there is always something or someone vying for their attention. It would be easy for them to constantly be entertained and filled up with anything else but the presence of God.

Without flashing lights, loud music or rumbling, how do I help my daughters to learn how to, be still and know their God? (Psalm 46:10)

They see their church family’s example every Sunday with worship and prayer and for this I am so thankful. I want this to be a natural occurrence for them; a discipline held.

So, once a week we started to have what we called, ‘quiet worship’ time. Each of us picks out a favourite worship song and we take turns singing together. Then we are off to our quiet spots, with no distractions and cuddle up with God. They are to begin to pray on their own and then I take turns praying together with each of them. We first share things on our heart that need prayer with one another and then we wait on the Lord. We are still and quiet; listening for His still small voice.

This has come to be one of our most favourite times during our week. It is hoped that with continued precedence set aside for entering into the presence of God, that our talk will be less and our listening more.

Dear Heavenly and Gracious Father,
Thank You Lord for the gift of parenting. Help us to see our children through Your eyes. Lord, we continue to ask for Your guidance and leadership in disciplining our children. Above all Lord, help us to be most concerned about them having an intimate relationship with You. We pray these things in Your Son’s holy and precious name. Amen.

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