What our kids believe will create a roadmap for the choices they will make for the rest of their lives. Teaching kids to discern God’s voice from the enemy’s lies is one of the greatest ways we can help them form right beliefs which will lead to good choices.
After a traumatic life experience, Charity Rios learned what it means to “tend her heart”, replacing the enemy’s lies with God’s Truth. Now that she has four sons, Charity is teaching them these same concepts. Charity shares how to do this in her new children’s book, My Heart’s Garden, which has concepts simple enough for young children to understand, but deep enough to impact adults as well.
In today’s conversation, Charity shares her story, gives the simple steps to tending your heart, and offers examples of how we might walk through these steps with our kids. I think you’ll find it practical and encouraging!
Steps to Tending your Heart:
Recognize “flags”: Emotions that show you something is wrong/you need help. (Grief, anger, etc.)
Ask God: “What lies am I believing?”
*Father God, are there any lies I am believing about myself or you?
*Father God, what is the truth?
Pray: Reject lies. Repent for believing lies. Ask God to give you truth.
*Father God, I am sorry for believing those lies (they can name the lie.).
*Do you forgive me? (Yes! Our Father God always forgives us. This is great chance to share about how Jesus died to take the punishment for all of our sins.)
Thank God for removing lies and giving you the Truth!
The best way to know if you are hearing God’s voice is to make sure….
1. It aligns with the Word of God (the Bible.)
2. It aligns with the Character of God (which we can learn and read about in the Bible.)
3. It is encouraging. God’s words to us never brings shame and condemnation, but instead lovingly bring us to repentance and call us forward into the abundant life He has for us!
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More about Charity:
Charity is a Jesus follower, Wife and Boy Mama to 4 of the wildest, and squishiest sets of dimpled cheeks. She is the author of the children’s picture book “My Heart’s Garden” and companion “My Heart’s Garden Workbook.” Most days you can find her top knottin’ it, totin’ potties and rollin’ in the mini. The power of the gospel is her melody and unleashing women and children from captives into warriors is her passion. She has a Masters in Higher Education and has been a Children’s Pastor, Church Planter and Teacher.
Charity would love to send you her Tending Tips emails: a simple weekly practice to connect deeper with Jesus. You can sign up at charityrios.com/tendingtips. You can also connect with Charity at charityrios.com, on Instagram @claritywithcharity or Facebook @charityrios,author.
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