Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Be Equipped to Hand Down a Confident Faith

In most conversations with grandmas (and grandpas - and parents, too) when we talk about handing down a confident faith, they nearly always tell me they would like to do this, but have no idea how to go about doing so. Most books for grandparents (and even parents) focus upon praying for the children we love (absolutely essential thing for us to do) and teaching them what the Bible says (also absolutely essential for us to do), but there is little in the way of resources available to grandparents and parents which will equip them with the tools they need to hand down a confident faith.

As Barna's research shows - and as we are experiencing in greater numbers for ourselves - Christian children are growing up to become young adults who walk away from their faith. Sometimes this is due to being disappointed and let down by pastors, church leaders, friends, and Christians they know. Other times it is due to being questioned, not about what they believe, but why they believe the things they do and not being able to give a solid reason why. Regardless of why they turn away from their faith, more and more of the children we love are doing this - and at younger and younger ages.

So, yes, absolutely we MUST pray for our grown children and grandchildren. We MUST be ready to teach them what God's Word has to say. But, we also MUST teach the the "whys" - why they are able to believe God is real and trust His Word with confidence. It is not enough to hand down the faith, we MUST hand down a confident faith.

Thankfully, God has given us a wealth of examples for why we are able to believe and have a confident faith - we just need to look at the created world around us. This is the reason for a new series of books - the "Life on the 'Goldilock's' Planet" books. Book One is complete, Book Two is almost complete, and I'm ready to begin the work on Book Three. While these books may look like picture books for children - they are filled with full-color photos of animals - they are far more than picture books. Each book has 100 pages of photos, information and fun facts on unique animals, quotes from scientists, and activities to engage the children you love so they will learn and remember the "whys". (And, if your church will buy the digital license to these books, they are available at just $1 per family for each digital copy! Check this link for info and share with your church leaders.)

I'm not trying to "push" these books on you - I just want you to know there are resources available to help equip you to hand down a confident faith. So, if you do not know what to do to hand down a confident faith, or have friends who do not know, please get these books - they will equip you and help you and the ones you love understand solid reasons "why" you are able to believe!

#grandmas #handingdownaconfidentfaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose

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