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5 Faith Skills every Parent and Child Needs to Grow

We work hard at teaching targeted faith skills for children. It's also important for you as a parent to be able to navigate these skills, because it has to be in you before it's in them. This can be part of your spiritual growth. Here are the 5 Faith Skills we emphasis for kids at HDC: 1. Navigate the Bible The Bible is a mystery to a lot of us, but our hope is that you can begin to see it as a gift and even a friend. As you begin to get to know the Bible well, you'll discover that it's far more practical than most people think. A great way to get into the Bible is to find a reading plan that fits your personal rhythm and needs. YouVersion.com is a great online place that has many different reading plans and translations, all of which are free. 2. Personalize Scripture Knowing Scripture can (and should be) a journey in discovery. If you find a verse or passage particularly helpful, try memorizing it. Ask God and others about how to make some of the changes you know you need to happen in your life. When you apply what you know, you really begin to grow. 3. Dialogue with God Just like human relationships grow or die based on how we communicate, so our spiritual journeys are deeply impacted by how we learn to talk to God. As your personal prayer life grows, it will become easier to pray at mealtimes, bedtimes, and other times with your children. 4. Articulate Your Faith One of the best ways to learn something is to teach it. Try it with math. Most teachers discover this: You end up learning more because you teach. As you talk about your faith with friends, with your kids, with your spouse, and with your coworkers, you'll be amazed to discover that your faith grows and gets stretched as a result. 5. Worship with Your Life Faith isn't just about an idea. It's about a relationship that expresses itself throughout life. Forgiveness is at the heart of the Christian message, and when we are forgiven, we become grateful. As your gratitidue for faith grows, you'll find you want to express it in many ways. You might want to sing, you may want to verbalize your thanks, and you'll want to give more fully of yourself. These 5 faith skills are a beginning for you and your kids, but they'll be completed by the deposits you make relationally and intellectually.

We work hard at teaching targeted faith skills for children. It's also important for you as a parent to be able to navigate these skills, because it has to be in you before it's in them. This can be part of your spiritual growth. Here are the 5 Faith Skills we emphasis for kids at HDC:

1. Navigate the Bible
The Bible is a mystery to a lot of us, but our hope is that you can begin to see it as a gift and even a friend. As you begin to get to know the Bible well, you'll discover that it's far more practical than most people think. A great way to get into the Bible is to find a reading plan that fits your personal rhythm and needs. YouVersion.com is a great online place that has many different reading plans and translations, all of which are free.

2. Personalize Scripture
Knowing Scripture can (and should be) a journey in discovery. If you find a verse or passage particularly helpful, try memorizing it. Ask God and others about how to make some of the changes you know you need to happen in your life. When you apply what you know, you really begin to grow.

3. Dialogue with God
Just like human relationships grow or die based on how we communicate, so our spiritual journeys are deeply impacted by how we learn to talk to God. As your personal prayer life grows, it will become easier to pray at mealtimes, bedtimes, and other times with your children.

4. Articulate Your Faith
One of the best ways to learn something is to teach it. Try it with math. Most teachers discover this: You end up learning more because you teach. As you talk about your faith with friends, with your kids, with your spouse, and with your coworkers, you'll be amazed to discover that your faith grows and gets stretched as a result.

5. Worship with Your Life
Faith isn't just about an idea. It's about a relationship that expresses itself throughout life. Forgiveness is at the heart of the Christian message, and when we are forgiven, we become grateful. As your gratitidue for faith grows, you'll find you want to express it in many ways. You might want to sing, you may want to verbalize your thanks, and you'll want to give more fully of yourself.

These 5 faith skills are a beginning for you and your kids, but they'll be completed by the deposits you make relationally and intellectually.