discipling our kids at school

It’s that time of year again.  Time to pack lunches, do homework, and drive car pool. Unfortunately, it also means less time to build into our kids.


So, how do we navigate this as parents wanting to disciple our kids?

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 – And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

This verse doesn’t say…”have a scheduled Bible devotional with your kids everyday.” Or…”only pray as a family at meals and bed time.”  While those things are great, it is not the way this verse explains how to teach our children.  It says: “when you sit, when you walk, when you lie down, and when you rise.”  These are all things you do whether your children are home all day long in the summer, or for just a few hours during the school year.  We can talk to our kids about Jesus any time of day.

Some of our best conversations about God happen in the car on the way home from school. Don’t limit God to a schedule or a certain time of day.  He is Lord over your whole day!  He can use snippets of time to minister to your children’s hearts.  Just be faithful.  Take advantage of every single moment and be intentional about every opportunity.

Jen Hatmaker says it so well in the beginning of this video.

Here are a few other ways to disciple your kids while they are at school:

  • Write them an encouragement, a prayer, or a verse on a napkin and tuck it into their lunch box.  Include a marker and they can write a message back!
  • If your schedule allows, volunteer in their class, have lunch with them, and be their school transportation!  These times allow for conversations to happen, to meet and interact with their peers, and for them to see your example of serving and loving others.
  • On the way to school, pray together in the car.  This sets a pattern of giving Jesus control of their day!
  • Read a Bible story or Devotional to them while they are eating breakfast.  A few that we love are The Jesus Storybook Bible and Jesus Calling for Kids

In Pursuit,


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