I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year. From the moment the calendar flips to September 1, everything’s either pumpkin-spiced, plaid, or bonfire-scented. And on top of all the Fall-even-though-it’s-still-85-degrees-in-North-Carolina decor, there are the 3,264 events you can attend or sign up your family for.
Is it just me, or does it seem as if there’s a tad bit of pressure to do all the things this time of year? After all, if you don’t enjoy a pumpkin-spice-something while wearing cute boots and carving a pumpkin while roasting a marshmallow…did fall even happen? And if you don’t create DIY Halloween costumes for your children while wrapped in a blanket scarf and bake pumpkin-somethings from scratch…do you even have a soul?
These are the questions that haunt me.
In all seriousness, I’m guilty of trying to do every last activity or event with my kids—like if I don’t do enough, they’ll be in therapy someday, lamenting the woes of their lost childhood to their therapist.
If only I’d gone apple picking and had my picture taken with a scarecrow, I might have gotten a real job and made something of myself, they’d say.
Ok, so I can be a bit dramatic.
But honestly, this internal pressure isn’t just Fall-related. The feeling that I need to make sure I’m doing enough for my children is one that’s constant, and often leads me to over-complicate the divine task I’ve been given of pointing them to Jesus.
What if instead of focusing on doing lots of stuff, I focused on taking every normal, everyday mundane sort of task and using it to point my children to Him?
I’m learning that my children are so receptive to truth that even an everyday mundane moment, when connected to Jesus, can make a lasting impression. This season, I want to leave my children with more than just 28,953 filtered pictures of themselves posing next to pumpkins and scarecrows. Instead, my hope and prayer is that when they are grown, they’ll be changed by the gospel message and obsessed with sharing it with others.
Our legacy as parents is not calendars jam-packed with stuff to entertain and fill time.
Our legacy is the way we point our children to Jesus.
And we don’t need expensive experiences or fancy books or resources to do that. We just need minds that see God in everything. And we need hearts with the willingness and determination to point Him out to our families.
That’s why I’ve put together this simple resource for those of you who want to create God-conversations with your kiddos without all the extra planning and glitter and stress.
Included in this free download are 15 activities and devos (that can be spread over 3 weeks or longer) that focus on simple biblical truths and provide easy dinner or bedtime questions for conversation.
If you have young children, then you’re probably already doing a lot of these activities. So hopefully this will give you some ideas for taking those everyday moments and turning them into discipleship moments.
*These activities and questions are geared toward ages 3-8ish, but they can easily be altered for older ages, too.*
Instead of obsessing over doing everything to make my children’s fall season or school year “good enough,” what if I were obsessed with making a few things into teachable, gospel-centered moments?
Sure, go to the pumpkin patch. But use it as an opportunity to talk about how creative our God is. Yes, bake pumpkin cookies. But then use them as a way to bless others, reminding your children that we love others because God loves us.
Pick a few things your family will love to do, and then focus on injecting every one of those moments with the gospel.
I hope this resource will be just the start of a thousand great moments and conversations. Click below to get yours now!
Happy Fall(ish)! 🙂