My dd asked jesus into her heart when she was like four (bad mommy didn't write down the date of such an important event) Three days later she had no idea but I think she really gets it now. We talk about it all the time "remember when you asked Jesus to live in your heart and forgive your sins? Oh yeah, Ive done that" But I still don't klnow if she grasps the signifigance of it. Maybe a five year old doesn't have to.
On the one hand I didn't want to push it because I wanted her to decide for herself to be a follower of Christ on the other hand it is my job as a parent to make sure I don't miss an oppritunity to lead her to Christ but I don't want it to be something she did just because she could tell mom would be really happy about it if she did (not that that has ever been her motivation for anything )
For those of you with older children (nursing Mother ) how do you keep this fresh (for lack of a better word) instead of being something they just "did" when they were a kid. i guess it is hard for me because I was a teenager, fully aware of how much i needed Jesus, when i asked him into my heart, so it has always been significant to me. I want it to feel that way for my dd too.
The truest answer to violence is love. The truest answer to death is life. The only prevention for violence is for the heart to have no violence within it. We cannot prevent evil through any system devised by mankind. But we can grapple with evil and defeat it, but only with love—real love.
From then on, God gave me the gift (and I do feel it is a gift) of guilt when I did things wrong. I hated feeling that way, and told on myself all the time. I believe in eternal sercurity, but since I didn't understand that at the time, I kept asking Jesus into my heart every time I didn't something wrong. One day my mom overheard me doing this and told me it wasn't necessary, that I only had to ask forgiveness.
I think it is never too early to talk to your kids about Christ!
Jenni from Ohio
My sons are 2 and 6. My youngest was baptized as an infant, and we asked my older son (4 at the time) if he wanted to be baptized with him. We talked to him about what it meant, and how it would be a commitment on his part to be a follower of Jesus, and to learn all he could about his faith, and he agreed. The minister asked only questions to us as the parents, in terms of our comittment to raise him in the church and then had us repeat the apostle's creed. I was surprised to notice my son deliberately answering the questions for himself, and repeating the creed. But I suppose that was good.
We talk about our faith in the same tone we talk about anything else -- science or math, or gardening. The things that are central we speak of as fact, and the when we speak about peripheal or debatable aspects of our faith we say "We believe..." or "some people believe..." We talk about friends we have who don't believe at all, and how we are still required to respect their beliefs and treat them as brothers and sisters.
We don't talk about hell. It would be unkind and frightening, as I well know! We talk about heaven because we trust the Lord will always draw our children to Himself. I have a confidence about that. While I am prepared to see my children explore other beliefs and experiment with their lives, I have a very stable sense of faith about their spiritual destinies. As much as I love them, I know God loves them more.