Teaching Children to Hear God in 3 Simple Steps
by Kayla Howard
#1 Buy them a journal that is fun, mysterious, lock & key, –you name it–just make it what they like.
My kids all have different journals. My oldest daughter has a leather journal that is almost like a medieval book from ages past. My son’s journal is a hardcover black book that reminds one of a spy log. And my youngest daughter has a cute, flowery journal that is very true to her delicate and sweet nature. You can either let them help you choose, or make it a special gift based on your knowledge of their personality.
#2 Read to them daily out loud from the Word of God.
Recently I was convicted that I should leave the traditional Greek based school system and incorporate a more Hebrew approach to learning in our homeschool. Meaning, the Bible will become our main textbook. The single most vital thing we can teach our children before they leave home is how to love the word of God, and to desire to hear from God and live in His presence.
The amount of “humanism” in the church today is appalling. However, it’s no surprise that children are leaving the church when we teach our children to be logical and reasonable above all else and completely ignore or downplay the Supernatural. God is logical and reasonable, but He is also mysterious, powerful, and does miraculous and amazing works.
#3 Ask each children to listen for, then write down something that stood out to them, or that they remembered from the reading.
Writing down what we hear is critical. We can hear all manner of wonderful truths and delicious new revelations, but if we fail to write them down, they are more often than not, lost. Not only are the lost for today, but they rob you of building on that revelation in the future. When you have written it down in your journal, and can look back on it in days, months, and years, and you will have a foundation for greater revelation.
God speaks. There is no doubt that God does speak to us. He speaks through many ways, but one of the most important is through His word. Teach your children that the verse that they remember, or that jumped out at them is the voice of God speaking to them. Often when something is highlighted in God’s word like that, it is what God is speaking to us for that day or season. Encourage this–BUILD that faith in your children. Then have them write it down. They will be grateful your taught them this vital skill.
“And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again 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. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9
Kayla Howard loves doing business from her home in the woods where she is the master real food chef, homeschool teacher, goat shepherdess, head gardener and holds a certificate of studies from The Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy Her passion is vibrant health in beautiful homes! www.kaylahoward.com