Scripture is such an amazing story of who God is, and of His sovereign rule over all things. God is the Creator–the architect of life. As parents, my husband and I have sought to help our children understand that God created each of them for a purpose. Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) speaks to this truth:
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
We want our kids to really internalize the loving care of the Father for them.
Help Your Children Understand Their Value
One of the ways we’ve sought to help our children really understand their value is to tell them the story of their development in the womb. Our kids love hearing the narrative about how they grew and changed in utero, and how they interacted with mom and dad–even from within mom’s womb. They laugh self-consciously when we tell them how long we waited for them, and how much they were wanted. I’ve explained to my non-bio-kids, too, how much I want to be their mom, and how the Lord valued them long before I knew of them.
You can help your children understand their value by teaching them about their life and development in the womb. Explaining what Scripture has to say about God’s role in forming unborn babies can help kids understand that God planned their lives, lovingly forming them. Telling children the story of how they developed, and how they were loved by parents and by God, helps them understand their value and purpose.
The physical birth story also helps children understand the second birth–the story of salvation, as we are adopted as heirs of God, born of His Spirit.
“According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” 1 Peter 1:3b (ESV)
A New Resource
I want to help you tell your own children the story of their life and development in the womb. My new book, Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to Birth, is full of beautiful pictures, science, and Scripture to help your children really understand how the Lord intimately created them, purposefully forming each child. Candace is giving away a copy–be sure to enter!
Giveaway ~ Ends 4/13/16
Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to Birth (Christian Focus 4 Kids, 2016) is a science- and Scripture-filled picture book for kids ages 5-11. The book is told from the perspective of a mother telling her child about his or her development in the womb week-by-week. You can learn more about Wonderfully Made and download free resources like posters, Scripture memory cards, and a fetal development lapbook over at the Wonderfully Made book page.
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Danika Cooley is a mother of four, none of whom were delivered via stork (though two were dropped off on the front porch). She and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest where they homeschool their youngest two children. In addition to her new book, Wonderfully Made, Danika is the author of When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), and Bible Road Trip.
Image: Mother and Child, 1890s, Henri-Edmond-Joseph Delacroix (1856-1910), Public Domain