The Roots.

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The first Riverbend Kidz post of the year! My hope is that you as parents, leaders, church members, and everyone that has anything to do with teaching children will grasp the importance of training children up in the way they should go and placing in them the tools needed to face this crazy world that they are growing up in. So, here is the first thought that has been going around and around in my head this first month of January.

Roots: “the part of a plant which attaches it to the ground or to a support, typically underground, conveying water and nourishment to the rest of the plant via numerous branches and fibers.”

  • What do you want your child’s roots to be in?
  • Where does their identity come from?
  • What are we helping them attach to, to help them grow and learn in God?
  • What are we helping them focus on? Are we helping them put God first?

You don’t force a plant to grow; you nurture it and water it, make sure it has the right amount of sunlight, give it the food it needs everyday…and then you will watch it grow. Where do we want our childrens roots in? Do we want them in sin and the cares of this world or do we want them in the truth?

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Sometimes, we look at the bible and think its only for adults, but that is so very far from the truth. We have the ability to help our children study the word, memorize verses, put together good habits in prayer and fasting, and giving their all in worship and praise. But, they have to be encouraged. They have to be helped. They look to us as examples; so where are our roots at? As teachers, parents, caretakers, pastors, leaders? Let’s strive to put God first in our lives, in our family’s lives, in everything we say and do. Let’s nurture our hearts and our minds and help our children grow a love for God in their heart that will never go away! It will be rooted and grounded forever! 

What can I do?

  • Before video game time, have them read a chapter or go over a bible verse.
  • At church? Have them pray with their other friends, or you or encourage them to sit with others and pray with them. 
  • Encourage them to worship- clap hands, sing the songs, pay attention to something that was said or sang and go over it at home (could be only 5 minutes- anything!)
  • Morning time rush- on the way to school, say 5 things you are thankful for.
  • Night time? Say a prayer together or pick someone specific to pray for.

Need more encouragement? Comment or send us a message! We’d love to help!

Riverbend Kidz are world changers NOW! Let’s get on board!


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