With this new year, many of us are writing our goals. We know that writing down the goals for the year ahead will help us to reach them. We need the push and accountability that written goals produce. It’s important to have goals for our family and children, in particular.

3 Biblical Goals For Children

If you are a Christian, your goals will include spiritual things that you want to accomplish or improve in. When my children were younger, I liked to write out Biblical goals for my children. These were the things that I wanted to see my children grow in throughout the year.

After writing them down, I could then discuss some of them with the child and teach them or guide them in ways that allowed this development to be more likely. Through gentle encouragement, many of these goals were met.

One goal that is easy to reach is that of learning more about God. Learning about God can occur by: reading the Bible, attending church, reading Bible story books, watching Bible tv shows or movies, or just talking about God throughout the day. Learning about God should be a natural thing in families: mention His creation when you’re outside with nature, saying a blessing before meals, sharing with children during devotions or letting children tell what they think about God.

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Another goal is to have scripture memorization become a regular part of their life. There are tons of scripture memorization clubs and programs for kids. Churches have groups like: Awana, RA’s and GA’s, Word of Life Clubs, and many more. These are all good and reward kids for scripture memorization. If your children aren’t in a club, it’s easy to set up a program at home. Parents can select a verse and learn it together as a family. Making index cards or larger pictures of the verse will keep the verse forefront for everyone to see. Families can practice the verse together when they have family time, riding in the car, or waiting for sports or ballet practice.

The third goal that is important is to learn to pray and spend time in prayer. Most of us taught our children a simple prayer to say before meals or at bedtime. This encourages the habit of praying. As they grow older, they can learn what prayer really is: talking to God. There are books that teach children to pray, the Bible has many ways to describe prayer (the model prayer/Lord’s Prayer), and they will learn by listening to other people’s prayers. Another way to encourage this is to have prayer journals. They can write down their prayer requests and record the answers to prayer. This also teaches them to pray for others in their family, town, country, and throughout the world.

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What are some Biblical goals you have for your children? Do you have a method or plan for reaching the goals? I would love to hear how you plan goals.

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35 Comments

Marisela Zuniga · January 15, 2020 at 3:02 am

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Peggy Nunn · January 15, 2020 at 2:52 pm

i like this article. Every child needs these directions.

Linda Linneman · January 16, 2020 at 12:41 pm

It is so important for us as a family to follow God and let Him lead us. It is important to start young. These are some great suggestions. We do these daily with the grandchildren. Thank you so much for sharing this important article. God Bless

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Christina Gould · January 18, 2020 at 12:40 am

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Good to have set goals for teaching most topics.

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Before school we read Bible history this year and say morning prayers. Having 8 kids, we do the Bible history book every few years. We memorized scripture Before, too.

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