You and Me – Talking about GOD

The Cross
The Cross

 

You and Me and GOD.

How is our relationship with this spiritual being?

Are we  having a  similar perspective about this higher power?

The topic of Spiritual and teaching the kids about GOD has been weighing heavily on my mind this year.

R and I have slightly different views about GOD.  Even though both of us are baptised Catholics and are currently sending our children for Sunday school at a Catholic church we do have our doubts and question certain practices that the church has.

There has been lots of variations in ways of worship from one denomination to another. Even with the Christian community there are numerous factions and deviations within the same community.

It is extremely hard to determine  what is actually dictated by GOD and what has been added on by man so that he can control others using religion.

I don’t want the kids to grow up not knowing GOD and how wonderful he is. I want them to be able to experience the richness of having FAITH  in him and acknowledge him personally as their LORD and savior.

What is the proper way to guide the kids and  help them to develop their spiritual side? This is the question that has been  bothering me a lot.

Roman Catholic Priest Saying Mass Picture by Photoxpress.com
Roman Catholic Priest Saying Mass Picture by Photoxpress.com

Even though we attend mass on Sunday the kids and I find it extremely difficult to concentrate during the service. I don’t feel that I really belong to that community and the reason that we still go is that everyone in the family does that.

I guess that I’m still searching for answers and I have yet to find them in this church that I’m currently in.

Following prayer rituals and procedures are  meaningless if one doesn’t see the benefit in doing it. Even though the traditions have been past down through the ages it doesn’t mean that  it is something that has to be adopted wholesale without questions.

Many things have been added and changed through the years in the Catholic faith.  Certain practices that I used to follow has been omitted and even revised.

I’m unsure about  what had brought about the revision and do question the need for such changes to occur. Even though there maybe the need for certain procedures and rituals to  be incorporate in the understanding of FAITH. Who is the one that determines what should be in or out? Is it really Gods way or Man?

I personally find that FAITH  practices should not be rigid and forcefully implemented. It should be something done out of the earnest of our hearts and willingly.

I don’t want the kids to be  Sunday Catholics or feel it is a chore to worship GOD.   I want them to be able to understand who he is and follow his word while developing their faith.

They too should question what is relevant for themselves and listen earnestly to GOD’s voice speaking instead of getting distracted by man’s selfish intentions.

An opened bible. Photo by photoxpress.com
An opened bible. Photo by photoxpress.com

This year I have been spending time considering the direction that I should take in introducing GOD and his WORD to the kids.  I’ve done a some soul searching and joined an online bible study group in bid to get closer to GOD.

R too has been doing his own readings and both of us came to a conclusion that we will be focusing directly on the word – The Bible as it is the purest form of instruction from GOD.

We will be selectively introducing portions of the Bible to the kids based on our personal values and believes.  We want our kids to grow up to be GOD fearing and also have a strong set of values.

How will you be teaching your

children about God?

Post in this series.

1)  You and Me Equals US ( An Introduction)

2) You and Me- Where Do We Begin?

3)You and Me- Love (Part One)

4) You and Me- Love (Part Two)

5) You and Me- Anger and Frustration

6) You and Me- Talking about GOD

7) You and Me- Let’s Talk about Money

8) You and Me- What Now?

5 thoughts on “You and Me – Talking about GOD”

  1. Am so encouraged to see how you are actively seeking God in His word for yourself and your family! As Matthew 7: 7-11. Seek and you shall find! God will let you know who He is. : ) God bless your journey ahead with Him! As for my family, we do read the bible on a regular basis. A few ways I I do would be pt 2 and 4 in this post. https://growinghearts123.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/how-to-help-my-kids-restless-feet-itchy-fingers-and-wandering-mind/
    Also, recently, I’m doing a whole series of A-Z from Scriptures being expressed in paintings to be gifts for our loved ones. It is a very fruitful journey discussing about their ideas and understanding of the scriptures.
    https://growinghearts123.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/our-first-set-of-hand-painted-christmas-canvases-series-a-f/
    That’s just a few ways. At the end of the day, it’s our lifestyle and relationship with God that our children will see for themselves and we pray they’ll experieence themselves of our marvellous God. : )

  2. I usually go to church every Sunday back in Pinas but when I came to USA 6 years ago, I rarely visit the church because of work and kids. I’ll teach my kids to always be thankful and always pray. Such an inspiring post:)

  3. I had a discussion before about God with a colleague. I think it goes beyond civil obedience to know God and we should not force people, esp kids, to worship whatever you believe just because. Let them experience the WHY.

  4. God is God and God is love! The most important thing is to read and understand the bible and create a good relationship with God.
    The bible says in proverbs 22:6, Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. So I urge you to study the bible together with your kids and put them through the right path.

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