This is a review post for Tyndale House Publishers. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a great giveaway!
If you grew up like I did, you were immersed in a world of flannel-graphs and Sunday School crafts, with cross stickers and Jesus coloring pages nestled into the nooks and crannies of your heart.
There’s something about that simplicity that I absolutely adore. I really feel sometimes that our generation has over-complicated raising our kids to know and love Jesus. Do you ever get that sense?
It is one of the deepest desires of my soul that my kiddos would come to know the living Christ in the personal way that I do. And yet I find myself wondering: where do I even begin? How exactly do you facilitate learning these pivotal truths?
Should I implement a rigorous devotional plan and arrange our schedule for 6 hours of prayer each day? Ha! Yeah right! A house full of crazy kiddos does not exactly lend itself to hours of quiet contemplation and rigorous spiritual disciplines.
What I am finding in this motherhood gig is that sometimes it’s the smallest things that have the biggest impact. I do not need flashy glitz and glamour to teach my kids about God. In fact, it seems to be quite the opposite.
Creating a culture of faith in your home
In my experience, when you incorporate the values you want to share into the everyday life of your family, kids readily and eagerly soak up what you are trying to teach. When it’s a natural part of their everyday life, it is imprinted on their hearts and minds on the exact deep level you’re trying to reach.
I’m always looking for ways in which we can create a culture of spirituality within our home – knowing and remembering our faith as we go about our daily life. That’s why I was so excited to see the absolutely darling Faith That Sticks line of stickers and coloring books from Tyndale House Publishers.
My kids – especially my 5.5-year-old – are completely obsessed with art these days. Coloring, drawing, stickers, and anything that they can use to create. Their imaginations know no bounds, and I utterly adore watching it.
With the awesome products that Tyndale House sent me, I let my kids loose with them to create a picture about Easter. I let them each pick out a couple of packs of stickers to use. Here’s what my 5.5-year-old drew:
[The sideways figure is Jesus in the tomb, there are children all around, and a rainbow in the sky, which Isaac told me meant that Jesus was going to rise from the dead. It’s not perfect, theologically, but I think it’s a pretty darn good start for a five-year-old.]
By the way – you really have to go and browse their sticker collection – it is super-duper inspiring! So many cute stickers to choose from – including scratch’n’sniff! I LOVE them!
They also totally loved the coloring books, with the sweet and simple messages on each page. It was totally simple and natural to read them the pages and let them absorb whatever they would absorb. Their little minds are always whirring away at something, and I love just letting them pick up on things on their own.
As a parent, I particularly appreciated the short picture books (pictured on the left in the collage above). The simple-yet-impactful messages are clear and engaging, and drew my kids in immediately. I love it when a children’s Christian resource material is simple and profound without being overly preachy or dumbed-down.
It’s most often the things that I keep low-key that induce the most random and thoughtful comments later on, showing me that they’ve been mulling over xyz, which was part of the story we read last week, or the picture they colored yesterday, or a Bible verse they heard at church.
Faith like a child? Genuine and simple.
I used to think that coloring sheets and stories on flannel-graph was too easy. Some simple spiritual truths in some stickers and coloring books? What kind of an impact can that really have? If I may state the obvious, we are in fact commanded to have faith like a child, are we not? This has never been more evident to me than as I’ve attempted to share my faith with my own children.
The one simple truth that I’ve learned about how to teach my kids about God is to keep it real. Infuse the truths into your everyday life and make your faith a natural way of living.
So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Deuteronomy 11:18-19
How do you share your faith with your kids?
Bonus! You can enter using the form below to win your own prize package of products like the ones I received, valued at approximately $100! There is a free entry option, and all other entries are optional.
This is a sponsored post + giveaway from Tyndale House Publishers. All words are 100% mine – rambling or not – as per usual. I got these products in the mail, loved them, and decided to share about them with y’all because I think you might love them too. “Nowwww, this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down, and I’d like to take a minute, just sit right down, I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air.” (Kidding. It’s a review + giveaway for some awesome stickers, etc. I was just checking to see if you were still listening. 90’s sitcoms represent.) This contest is open to residents of the USA and ends on April 22, 2014 at midnight.
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