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When it comes to talking about church and religion, it really can be a touchy subject. Especially in the internet world where trolls roam free. Everyone has different beliefs, was raised differently, and views the topic in their own unique way. And while it can be a topic that people shy away from, and often are discouraged from posting about, I felt the need to dive in and share my thoughts! I’ve mentioned our involvement with our small group and our Sunday morning church antics a lot on the blog, so I thought I might discuss it further from my perspective. And remember, this is just what works for us! Not here to judge anyone else’s beliefs or portray ours as being superior.
Growing up, not going to church wasn’t even an option – you went every time the doors were open. Sunday morning, Sunday night, and even Wednesday night if you were really a super Christian. Call it a southern Bible-Belt thing maybe. I always thought my parents were crazy, and wondered how I would want to raise my own family. But now that that day has come, and I have the freedom to make my own decisions, I appreciate more and more how hard my parents worked to instill not just the habit of going to church, but the foundational values and beliefs that make me want to go. Going to church on Sunday mornings is quite simply just a part of our life now. I couldn’t imagine us not going, and making an effort to get involved with our church family. We started taking Adeline when she was just 4 weeks old, and even though Sundays are stressful, tiring, and downright difficult with naps, church will always be a priority in how we raise our kids.
So, today I’m sharing my thoughts on why church is non-negotiable for our family. Now, before you roll your eyes at a religious post, hear me out! Grab a cup of coffee, and stick around – I promise I won’t ramble.
12 Reasons Why Church Is Non-Negotiable For Our Family…
- It’s how we were raised, and quite simply, old habits die hard.
- When you live away from family, church helps provide a sense of community as well as a built in support system.
- We enjoy surrounding ourselves with like-minded people our age.
- There is value in building relationships with people going through the same life stage as you.
- We want our kids to grow up with the feeling of “home base” that church provides.
- Teaching our kids to love Jesus, and be Jesus, is a top priority for us.
- The lifelong friendships that kids form at church are irreplaceable, and I want Adeline to have access to these friendships if she chooses to pursue them.
- Being involved in the youth group provides countless opportunities for service, fellowship, and mentoring.
- It’s a great way to start the week, recharge your mind, your soul, and pray/meditate however you feel comfortable.
- It provides one more opportunity for kids to learn to respect and listen to adults other than their parents, i.e. Sunday school teachers, nursery workers, etc.
- The 1-2 hours you spend at church is another 1-2 hours you spend together as a family, strengthening your family unit, your marriage, your values, etc. Kids might ignore what you say, but they’ll remember what you do!
- BONUS – It’s an hour to drink your coffee in peace. (Assuming the baby goes to the nursery!)
Even though Adeline is only 19 months old (WHOA she’s closer to 2 than 1, somebody hold me!) she’s already got a sweet collection of Bibles, and children’s books containing Biblical stories. I have to admit, they’re pretty darn cute! I can still remember my Precious Moments Bible from when I was little, and I hope Adeline will form some sort of attachment to one of her little books as well!
We recently received an adorable beginner’s Bible, full of shortened versions of some of the most well-known stories in the Bible. It has a little handle, and a magnetic closure so Adeline can tote it around, and melt my heart in the process. Each page has a colorful picture, appropriate for children, and each page has just a few sentences. If you’re interested in checking it out, you can find it on zonderkids.com!
Do you make church a priority in your family? If not – what IS one of your priorities? What does your typical Sunday look like?
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