By Kami Zumwalt
Place these words on your hearts. Get them deep inside you. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder. Teach them to your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning until you fall into bed at night…. (Deuteronomy 18-21)
“I just drag them to the gym with me”, said the perky, buttoned-nose blond who happened to be a police officer sitting next to me. She was quirky, cute, and I couldn't help but feeling she could also wrestle a guy to the ground in pure ninja style.
I glanced back through to the glass window where our daughters were polishing up the graceful, albeit flamboyant dance moves that only four year olds can muster.
The gym, huh?
Did I remember what a gym looked like?
The idea of dragging my kids, at those wee ages, into a sweaty, muscle club sounded like pure torture. I was thankful to get in a family walk. But a gym? The police officer mama must be a rock star! The gym was important enough to her, that she simply….took them with her.
TAKING YOUR KIDS TO THE THRONE
I love God's framework to lead children into His Presence. To pass His greatness on from one generation to the next, and in essence to take our kids with us to the throne. Simple yet profound. Israel was instructed to talk with their kids of His Word, when they rise up, when they lay down, at the table, on the street. His Word stored up in hearts meant He could give them all He had in store for them. When they were still little, God was filling them with His Word because He had big plans.
The first Scripture Hebrew children were taught was the “shema” - “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD” (Deut. 6:4)
They were trained there is only one God. One throne. One worthy of adoration. This was the premise on which all other foundations were built.
The shema was an ancient prayer that went onto say, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul. Jesus quoted it in Mark 12:29-32.
One way I teach my kids there is no other God is by acknowledging Him early in the day. Even if it's as simple as quoting a Scripture or saying, “Good morning, Jesus!” When I step into His Presence, they come with me. Oh sure, I've had toddlers pull my hair while I took moments in our day to pray on my face. But those images mark them. Mommy is enjoying, laughing and talking to Jesus, let's get on our knees too! I may not take them with me to the gym yet, but I can take them with me to the throne.
EVERYONE BRIGHTENS WHEN THEY REALIZE GOD IS IN THE ROOM...
Don't we love how God wants to be known, and enjoyed by our children? It's so encouraging that even on my busiest, craziest days, I find Him generously in the room, extending His hand right into my noisy kitchen.
One morning, in my few minutes of quiet time with my kids, I too closed my eyes and listened. The sweet whisper of the Holy Spirit pierced into my busy kitchen, and His words marked my Heart, He said, “I like to play too…..”
What was that?
I smiled and told my girls what He said to me. God likes to play too! Isn't that amazing?
Eyes wide. Hearts full. In those moments, kids grasp God is not merely something to study but Someone to know. When I take the time to let God speak to me in front of them, I take them with me into His Presence. I could easily portray God to my kids as only interested in getting things accomplished during the day. But God is so much more than a to do list. He's relational. He's touchable. He enjoys us, our kids, and all our messy moments.
MAKE THE SUPERNATURAL NORMAL
“Samuel, Samuel!!” God speaking to the young boy in Samuel chapter one is riveting. You can almost hear the heartbeat of God for our kids. He wants them. He speaks to them. He knows them. He calls them. We can teach them not only can they hear from heaven, but God is eagerly waiting for their response.
It took Eli three times to realize God was speaking to the young boy who had come to live in the temple. The third time, he gave him wise counsel,
“When you hear His voice, say here I am, your servant hears.”
Samuel needed to be encouraged and instructed that God would indeed talk to him. No lightening. No angelic visitation. Just a small kids bedroom in the stillness of the night. Not the shaking of a mountain but in a gentle whisper. God was speaking, and Samuel was about to find out supernatural encounters don't have to be strange or rare, but actually quite normal.
Kids say funny things. It's easy to chalk them up to playing pretend or make believe, but other times, they are having profound encounters that we should acknowledge and encourage! I have a friend who's 3 year old says Jesus brought her a pink necklace. My six year old tells me at times Jesus is tickling her as she laughs hysterically.
Children are already sensitive to the supernatural and just need a chance to be heard. When they have a dream that seems significant, talk about it at the breakfast table. When possible, take them with you to pray for others. Encourage them that God wants to speak, heal, and minister to others through them. And when you feel an unction to step towards the throne, take their little hands, and take them with you.
Kami is a forty-year-old pastor's wife, living in a farmhouse, raising two girls under six and an adorable six-month-old baby boy. She's a prophetess, women's pastor, prayer warrior, published freelance writer, and homeschool mom who loves antiques, tea cups, chocolate truffles and empowering women to live free and fulfilled in Christ. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook.