Welcome to my blog! I hope to be a resource to help you in your walk with God. Now more than ever we need to get back to the basic fundamentals of moral living and take a stand for what is right and truthful with God as our ultimate authority. His Word is reliable and preserved and can be trusted, so that is the basis for my advice and teaching. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or topics you would like me to cover. I look forward to sharing what God has placed on my heart. See my website at http://www.dawnfoss.tateauthor.com and http://www.dawnfoss.com/ for books and music I have written that will enrich your life!

Ezekiel 22:30: "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none." Let's stand in the gap together!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

How Do You Teach Children to Love the Lord?

Deuteronomy 6:4-9: "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates." 

Are these words truly in your heart, like God mentions above? Are you doing externals without having the sincere love and devotion in your own heart? Once you have that settled with the Lord, teach it throughout the day to your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. Find practical things in your children's lives to show them about God and His love for them. Dictating our children do right without shepherding their hearts will lead to older teens and adults who reject God altogether because they never made Him their own personal Lord, Savior, and most importantly, best friend. 

One of the best ways to do this is through praying specific prayers, and seeing specific answers.  It's great to write their prayer requests down and when they get answered, circle it with a big "AMEN" written over it! Then they have a visual, to see how the Lord is working. Sometimes the answer may be no or wait a while, but it was an answer, and often they will be able to see later how that was for the best. Also, praying to the Lord throughout the day in conversational form is helpful, because it engages them with their Heavenly Father on a continual and more personal basis.