9 WAYS to encourage your children to have intimacy with Jesus

Written By: Jennifer Kipp

Growing up I always had such a heart and desire to be a mom. I always knew how amazing it would be to raise another human being. 

Having two girls has especially been fun because I’m able to relate on a deep level. I can have empathy for things they have or might walkthrough. And while I feel like I have failed many times as a mother or as a disciple, God’s grace has always been sufficient for me. 

My husband Brian and I are big on communication. We are open and honest with our girls and don’t sugar coat reality. Whenever we feel like we have failed or acted wrongly to them, we get on their level, face to face, and apologize to them. Because as parents, we always want respect. But we also never want to be too prideful to not be vulnerable to them. We want them to know and experience forgiveness at a young age. I’ve personally walked through un-forgiveness and it’s a heavy burden to carry. 

Our family has grown spiritually so much over the years and I’m so thankful for the Lord’s mercy and guidance. 

I know how hard it can be to be captivated by the things of this world.

So, I want to establish a Christ-like foundation early on that is strong enough to not be moved by the things of the world. While I know they will have their own paths to take and their own mistakes they will make, my job is to direct and encourage them. 

I am constantly reminded that my children are gifts that the Lord has entrusted me too. 

Proverbs 22:6 ( KJV) says this,

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

I want them to know how amazing the Lord’s love is for us and how Him sending Jesus is the ultimate love story. 

So, here is 9 things we do to encourage intimacy with the Father & Jesus:

1- We pray together as a family. We hold hands and we each take turns praying what’s on our hearts.

2- We put on praise and worship music and encourage them to pray for themselves during the duration of the song(s)

3- We read the Bible together 

4- We have them read the Bible themselves out loud. Not just a kids bible but the adult version too. While some might dis-agree it’s not at their reading level. When I came to know the Lord at 12 years old I actually started reading the book of Matthew in the adult version. {our daughters are 11 & 8} 

5- We openly have talks about God and Jesus 

6- We talk to them about heaven and this world not being our home 

7- We have them watch faith-based shows and movies so they can visually understand.  

8- We don’t sugarcoat the seriousness of sin 

9- We try to be examples to them In our daily life. Again, we will always fail but in that regard, we will always still point them to Jesus. 

Acts 4:12 says this, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Our girls have also experienced heartache and loss at such a young age. They have walked through their great grandma’s passing, their papa’s passing, their uncles passing & the heartache of their Mimi living in a nursing home. Ultimately they have seen a lot that most kids their age haven’t. 

Through all of this, we are reminded that we aren’t promised tomorrow and although we walk through heartache the Lord walks with us and is our strength. 

I want to end with this; if there's anything you take away from this blog, let it be to teach your kids to be kingdom-minded.

Philippians 3:20 says this, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

While we can still enjoy the gifts of the world it’s still not our home.

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our home now resides in heaven, and having that constant perspective can be life-changing! 

And teaching your kids this will change generations to come!

- Jennifer Kipp

Jennifer Kipp was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She is married to her best friend and is the mother of two beautiful girls. Jennifer does influencer marketing full time as well as photography. She is also a Dementia advocate for her mom who lives in a nursing home.

You can connect with her through

Instagram: @jenniferkipp


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