JES5 – 2 Affirmable Traits of Effective Family Worship By 2 Novice Parents


A Picture of Purity

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Family Worship creates a space for God to minister to our children.

He does things in our hearts that we could never imagine.

But I believe that it is often outside of these structured times that we are the effects of His power in their lives and ours.

This is a story of one win we’ve recently experienced. This week, our daughter, Irelyn, asked us to pray 2 more times after we were finished on my lunch break. She’s not quite 2 years old.

As we prayed for a Gospel for Asia missionary and the women she is reaching, laying hands on their pictures, she was really  getting into it. I was getting ready to head back to work when she said “Pray, pray.” She grabbed our hands and walked us back over the table where we were gathered. It was a special memory we will never forget.

Here are 2 traits that we have learned from this experience. These will help us gauge how effective we are being in letting Jesus lead our Family Worship.

1. Prayer is the primary language.

Irelyn wanted to talk to God. Yes, she wanted to do so with us but she understood that we were talking to someone else.

She loves to say “May-men” at the end. This is awesome, but she also tried to mumble through the “in Jesus name” before it.

She knows to whom she can turn. If in the end, she neither turns to me and/or her mother to confide in, it will hurt.

BUT, we have the confidence already to know that she knows she can turn to God in the name of Jesus.

2. The experience is gossip worthy.

The last mark that I believe I would love to see is that we have moments (outside of the set Family Worship time) which we cannot keep to ourselves.

Here’s the best example I could give. This is what Hanna told a friend in encouragement this week:

“We had the most special moment with Irelyn at lunch today. We prayed for Asian women that we sponsor. She held our hands and closed her eyes and wanted to keep “praying” every few minutes after that. It was the first time she showed any kind of interest and it was so amazing. A lot of people don’t know anything about family worship. Keep being an example to your friends and family. Keep promoting family worship. Keep doing it with your family. Maybe one day it will break through with your friends and family and they’ll be like Irelyn was today. I’m praying for you guys. We love you and it breaks my heart that your heart has been broken.”

About James Edward Sharp

I am a Christian husband, father, musician, writer and teacher. My focuses in life are family, missions, worship and music.
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