Raising Godly Kids

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By Ysabel Rodriguez

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“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” — Proverbs 22:6 —

What does leading your kids closer to Christ look like? When I first started working with Oak Life as a caregiver, God began showing up in big ministry moments. What do I mean by “big ministry moments?” In particular, there was time I will never forget—God showed up during a worship night we were having at the orphanage.

After a month or so, I began to see things dwindling down. It was as if we all started to come down from that mountaintop experience and back to “reality” so to speak. I remember feeling frustrated because of the amazing moment we had just had a month ago and it seemed like now, things had gotten worse than before.

I began to question so many things— “What happened? Why have their behaviors seemingly worsened? Are they not delivered and healed? What happened to the mountaintop experience we all just had?”

What I failed to recognize was that amazing encounters require intentional discipleship thereafter.

When it comes to leading our kids closer to Christ, they need consistent guidance. This is especially true when working with children who come from rough backgrounds, as many of us do.

Yes, we should pray for radical encounters for our children to meet the presence of God! But more than that, we must understand that leading them in the ways of the Lord through discipleship is key.

Whether you are with these children for a short season of your life or you have them in your care from a young age until adulthood, you can teach them something! Discipleship is simply doing life with them, being intentional with every step we take with them on their road to healing, and showing them that Jesus desires to walk with them, too.

If we think of this in a familial context, parents set routines in place to teach their children the importance of passing on values, traditions, and beliefs. The same goes for leading your children closer to Christ—it’s about making Jesus known everyday.

Here are some ways you can begin raising Godly kids in a children’s home:

1. Have a designated time and place in which you all seek God together

This is an incredible way to not only open a space for discipleship, but also to show them what regular conversation with the Creator looks like. Children learn by watching us, and when we invite them into our intimate conversation with God, they learn how to converse with Him, too.

2. Let them ask questions

Keeping an open line of communication with your child to ask questions is crucial. We keep that availability open through genuine connection. They should feel safe enough to approach us with the questions plaguing their mind.

3. Model Christ-like behavior

As adults, hard days are inevitable. We will be tired and whether we like to admit it or not, there will be little ones who look to us constantly for guidance. It’s in these times you can choose to intentionally invite your children into your hard moments. This will allow them to see how to healthily process those rough days with Jesus.

Most of all in this journey, pray to God for wisdom and guidance as you walk this journey with your little ones He has entrusted to you. Ask Him what you can incorporate as you lead your children closer to Christ. May the grace be upon you to train up your children in the way they should go so that when they are older they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6)!

Ysabel Rodriguez

A graduate of the Oak Life School of Orphan Care. She is a proud alumni of Valor Christian College with a degree in both Music Ministry and Missions. Her passion is to inspire others with her God-given creativity to the best of her ability.

Ysabel Rodriguez

Ysabel Rodriguez

A graduate of the Oak Life School of Orphan Care. She is a proud alumni of Valor Christian College with a degree in both Music Ministry and Missions. Her passion is to inspire others with her God-given creativity to the best of her ability.

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