"My kids have soooo many needs!"
"But that doesn't mean that all I am is a needs-meeter."
Without having to plan, study or be perfect...I can introduce my children to what God is like in the middle of the everyday moments of life. Here are some examples:
1- “When my child falls down and cries: I run to them and hold them. My actions radiate (or show) to them that God hears their cries. God is quick to rise and show them compassion. (Isaiah 30:19) God is a refuge and strength in times of trouble. (Psalm 46). When I pick my child up I can say, “I will hold you.” “When you’re hurting, mommy will take care of it.” “Mommy makes it all better.” “You’re okay when mommy is here.” My phrases will declare over them the role God wants to play through times of hurt or suffering in life.”
2- “When my child asks for a drink or a snack, I tell them: I love to give you good things. I love to give you the things that you need.” My words and my provision will radiate this particular aspect of God’s character: He provides all that we need. (Genesis 22:14). He loves to Father us (John 20:17). What the Father gives to me nourishes me. (Matthew 4:4).”
3- “When my child complains about something they don’t have, I tell them: “I love to give you good things. Everything that you need, I give to you. Daddy knows what you need and will take care of you. You don’t have to worry, I will take care of all the things that you need.” My words will radiate this particular aspect of God’s character: God knows us (Psalm 119). He will provide for all our needs (Matthew 6:30). If he has given us christ how much more will he not give us everything (Matthew 6:30)”
4- “When I say ‘Come to Daddy,’ I expect and enforce that they come quickly and directly. My clear and strict expectation will radiate this particular aspect of God’s character: What God says is important. (John 6:68). Life/good comes when God’s voice is obeyed (Deut. 28:1-2). Death/curse comes when God’s voice is disobeyed. (Deut. 28:15)
5- “When I’m talking with my kids I encourage eye contact. This routine will declare the following aspect of God’s character: He loves to see us. He’s not distracted in a way that makes us feel overlooked.
6- “When my infant is in pain I attend to his needs and let the strength/tenderness of my arms be safety and calmness for them. My actions will radiate this particular aspect of God’s character: His arms are strong and tender. (Psalm 62:11) In his presence is peace and safety (Proverbs 18:10)
7- “When my infant/toddler is crying to get something she wants I don’t respond to her cry with the provision of what she wants. My actions will radiate this particular aspect of God’s character: God is leader, not you. God is central, not human beings. God’s will is most important, not a human beings will.