10 Ways to Remind Your Children of Their God-given Identities
August 21, 2017
The other day I had an epiphany during a conversation with my daughter. She was describing a moment of frustration she’d had at school this past week. I asked her why she didn’t ask her teacher for help.
“Because, Mommy. I’m not one who always needs to ask for help. Some kids need to ask for help, but I’m not one who needs to ask for help.”
Umm… That’s five-year-old logic for you.
But I immediately recognized that it was an identity issue. It wasn’t even necessarily a pride issue. It was identity-driven. It’s a long story as to why she felt that way, but the nutshell version is this: her preschool class was combined with three-year-olds last year, and she was one of the oldest four-year-olds in her class. She could do most of her schoolwork with little to no supervision or instruction.
Turns out, kindergarten isn’t always as easy as preschool was for her. And… Her identity is a little jumbled as a result. Fortunately, her teacher is a sweetheart and is now aware that my little girl may just cry instead of asking for help if she feels lost on an assignment.
Identity is so important. And the enemy wants nothing more than to frustrate and confuse our children about who they really are as sons and daughters of God.
Here are 10 reminders you can use to help your children know their identities in Christ:
1. They are God’s kids. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. John 1:12 NKJV
2. They are God’s masterpieces.I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. Psalm 139:14 NKJV
3. They are not alone. I will never leave you nor forsake you. Hebrews 13:5b NKJV
4. They have God on their side. If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 ESV
5. They are clean because He has washed their hearts.Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18 AMP
6. They are no longer slaves to sin. But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. Romans 6:17-18 ESV
7. They are known.See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49:16a
8. They are loved more than they can imagine. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 CSB
9. They are fearless.For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
10. They are conquerors. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37 NKJV
To help remind your kids of their God-given identities, I created this free printable you can hang on a wall or bathroom mirror so they’ll see it every day!
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