4 Must-Sees on A Guided Tour of Remembering God with Your Children
Kelli Penn, Director of Community and Culture, Landmark Christian School
A few days ago Landmark Christian Elementary Counselor and Christian Life team member, Mrs. Tammy McCurry, and I were discussing the question, “What should Christian families do during this time of crisis?” One of the things we discussed at length was the need for parents to remember with their children. Did you know the word, remember, is mentioned over 150 times in Scripture?
A few days ago Landmark Christian Elementary Counselor and Christian Life team member, Mrs. Tammy McCurry, and I were discussing the question, “What should Christian families do during this time of crisis?” One of the things we discussed at length was the need for parents to remember with their children. Did you know the word, remember, is mentioned over 150 times in Scripture? It is also interesting to note several of the celebrations and feasts instituted by God for His people revolved around the idea of remembering - Passover, Feast of Tabernacles, etc. One of the last things Christ did prior to the cross was to institute Communion as a way to remember.
Why would there be such a focus on remembering? Perhaps it is because we are such forgetful people, especially when it comes to remembering Who God is and how He has met us. Perhaps it is because it is so important in passing the baton of faith to our children that we rehearse with them our family’s stories of Who God is and how God has met us as a family. God’s people were directed to tell their children what He had done. Our God stories are critical to the spiritual development of our children. The enemy desires for us to become so ruled by the tyranny of the urgent right in front of us that we forget our Root, our Anchor, our Source, and the million ways He has met us in the past. We forget Who He is and Whose we are. We forget to tell our children. Perhaps this time of social distancing and slowing down is the perfect time for us to take our children, whether elementary, middle, or high school age on a tour. Below are four must-see areas to share.
Psalm 48:12-14 says, “Walk about Zion and go around her; Count her towers; Consider her ramparts; Go through her palaces, That you may tell it to the next generation. For such (this) is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.”
1. Walk about Zion and go around her.
Zion refers to the dwelling place of God- where we meet God.
Tell your children about specific places or times God has met you or someone in your family in the past (churches, camps, hospital rooms, schools, Bible study groups, quiet time locations). Tell them what you learned about God in each of those locations.
Share pictures or memorabilia or take a road trip (you don’t even have to get out of the car) to the actual places and talk about how God met you there.
2. Count her towers.
In Bible times, cities had towers. Watchmen stood in the towers to watch for the enemy and protect the people. They were also a place the people could run to in times of danger. They stood as a constant reminder that someone was watching out for their safety. They represented security and provision.
Count blessings with your children. How has God protected and provided for your family through the years? How has He provided for and protected your family in the last month? Be specific. Perhaps begin a journal of thanksgiving that your family adds to each day or each week to celebrate His provision and protection.
3. Consider her ramparts.
In Bible times, cities were surrounded by a low wall called a rampart. A rampart is that which surrounds, fortifies, and strengthens.
We are surrounded, fortified, and strengthened by the promises and character of God.
Discuss the names, character traits, and promises of God that are most ministering to you right now. Post these with sticky notes around your house. Let your children add their favorites.
4. Go through her palaces.
It would seem that only royal children would be free to walk through the palace.
Spend some time celebrating the blessings and privileges we have as His children. Perhaps have a Kids of the Kingdom party with your family. Celebrate what it means to be His. Talk about the greats of the faith in the Bible and in history and perhaps in your own family and how they are in our family tree.
“That you may tell it to the next generation. For such (this) is God, our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.”
May this season of crisis and unrest find the people of God faithfully remembering and touring their children around the places God has met us, under the towers of His provision and protection, behind the ramparts of His character, and through the halls of His children. May this season be a season of great spiritual development for your family and your children as you pause to … REMEMBER!
What are your must-see spots to tour? Share with us in the comments below!
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