• Reply Kalyn 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Thanks for giving me something to think about. My daughter isn’t even two yet, so this isn’t quite applicable just yet, but I’ll definitely keep this in mind as she gets older! Prayers to you and yours!

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 10:31 PM

      Thanks for taking time to read Kalyn, and thanks for prayer!

  • Reply Amy 2017 at 12:57 PM

    Jen, these ideas are so great and tangible. Thank you. In the mornings, we have a “together pray time.” They all take a turn praying aloud. I am teaching them the WAR method. (Worship, Admit sin, and Request). Along with the Lord’s Prayer. I am hoping to see the Spirit work in them to desire to pray on their own.

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 10:33 PM

      Amy, this WAR method is so good. I’ve never heard this before. Thank you so much for sharing, I’ll be using this with them.

  • Reply Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendor 2017 at 10:32 AM

    So encouraging. My girls just recently starting praying prayers other than reciting memorized prayers. I love the idea of them having their own prayer and verse cards.

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 10:37 PM

      Isn’t it so great to hear what they lift to the Lord, and what’s on their heart? So sweet.

  • Reply Brittney 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Oh mama, I love these three steps! It is so important to not get in the way of our child’s relationship with God by praying FOR them. I couldn’t agree with this post more. I love the idea of carrying around index cards for Bible verses… every struggle I’ve ever encountered I have been able to get through with the word of the Bible

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 10:45 PM

      I think as mama’s we’re so used to jumping in and helping, but there are times when it’s best to let them figure things out for themselves. I agree, I carry my cards around with me everywhere too.

  • Reply Lori 2017 at 11:38 AM

    Love your three step ideas for this! My kids are grown now. Teaching them to look to God and helping them understand the power of his Word were our number one priority in parenting. I’m grateful now for the time we took to help them and am grateful beyond words that they desired this relationship for their own. Great tips and insights!!!!

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 9:33 PM

      Oh Lori, that walk, that’s what I desire for my kids. I’m so willing to put in all the time and effort, and to lead by example.

  • Reply Katherine 2017 at 12:01 PM

    These are such useful and gentle steps. Everyone does need their own relationship, so it’s nice to see you encouraging him to remember that.

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 9:36 PM

      Thanks Katherine, I definitely want to encourage his own personal walk.

  • Reply Jen 2017 at 12:34 PM

    Ooo, these are great ideas for helping our children make that relationship more personal! Thanks – I’ll be sharing this around! 🙂

    Jen @ Being Confident of This

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 9:38 PM

      Thanks for sharing Jen.

  • Reply Belle 2017 at 1:07 PM

    These are such great tips! I will absolutely keep these in mind when my kids are older!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 9:38 PM

      It’s my pleasure to share as we’re learning, Belle!

  • Reply Anna 2017 at 2:03 PM

    This is such a good lesson for kids. I love your idea of prayer cards and verse cards. Definitely going to remember this for when my daughter gets older.

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 9:45 PM

      Thanks Anna. The prayer cards have been such a big help…for all of us.

  • Reply Amanda @ The Farm Wyfe 2017 at 2:22 PM

    The prayer cards and teaching our children to learn to pray themselves is a great lesson! Way to go, Mama, for teaching them the things that matter. 💕

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 9:50 PM

      Oh, thanks Amanda! I just want him to have a real relationship with God, one based on a personal experience. Thank you for the encouragement.

  • Reply Wanda 2017 at 3:41 PM

    I like the ideas of prayer cards and scripture cards. I would love to do this for my son. He’s older but still needs these as he navigates high school.

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 10:11 PM

      Wanda, high school can be rough, I’m thinking that keeping the Word close in that tough terrain will be imperative. Many prayers as he walks and grows in the Lord.

  • Reply Donna Miller 2017 at 3:58 PM

    I love this! I like your prayer and Scripture cards!! Teaching your child to pray is so huge!! What an investment on your part!!

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 10:17 PM

      Thank you Donna! I agree, teaching our kids is vital to getting them ready to walk with the Lord on their own.

  • Reply Joella 2017 at 5:36 PM

    That’s so neat that you are helping your son in His relationship with God like that! love the ideas, hopefully I can do the same with my daughter some day!

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 10:19 PM

      Joella, these are such easy steps, you’ve got this!

  • Reply Leah 2017 at 6:00 PM

    So much wisdom here! It’s not just kids that lean on others’ prayer lives either.

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 10:20 PM

      Oh, thanks Leah! And yes, I agree, this is a lesson for more than just kids.

  • Reply Maryal 2017 at 2:32 PM

    These are such wonderful steps for teaching your children about the power of their own prayer and helping them create their own relationship with God. Saving this!

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 10:30 PM

      Thanks Maryal, and thanks for saving.

  • Reply Heather 2018 at 6:39 PM

    Such a good point! I pray over my children every evening but I definitely don’t want that to limit them from their own relationship with God. Thanks for sharing!

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