Faith 5

Greetings Everyone!

Welcome to Faith 5! Glad you are going to venture through this with us! Faith 5 is simple, five-step faith practice that you make a part of your families bedtime routine. Faith starts at home, and so what better way to do that than spending everyday talking about faith with your children. Thanks for taking this step towards instilling faith as a priority in your home and children.

A few notes on how this will work. Every week you will receive an email from me on Sunday afternoon to start out your week. The email will have an explanation of the weeks topic, questions to ponder, a video link or two, deep thoughts, tidbits on the topic, and homework for the week. Much of what I send to you comes straight from the workbook. We will spend one week on an introduction to faith, and then one week for each of the steps in the Faith 5 Practice. Making 6 weeks in total. So today we look at an introduction to Faith 5!

This Weeks Topic
So today is just an introduction to what Faith 5 is all about. Faith 5 is a simple, easy-to-implement faith practice, perfect for incorporating into your bedtime routine in five to fifteen minutes a night. When done over time, FAITH5 carries the power to enrich communication, deepen understanding, aid sleep, and promote mental, physical and spiritual health. The five steps are Share, Read, Talk, Pray, and Bless.
I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.”
~Psalm 4:8~

Questions to ponder and make you scratch your head
  • What happens to children who check in with their parents every night before going to bed?
  • What happens to a family that shares highs and lows, Scripture, talk, prayer and blessing most every night of their lives?
  • What are the psychological, sociological, neurological and theological benefits children receive when they are given such consistent, intentional care before drifting off to sleep each night?
Video Links...grab the popcorn
The video links that you receive are from the creator of Faith 5, Rich Melheim. Today, I'd encourage to give the first video in this link a watch. If you have extra time, you may certainly watch the other two videos in the link as well. 

Deep Thoughts... or at least thoughts anyways.
Each week I'll give you some thoughts to ponder. However, remember that you know your family the most, and you know what will work the best and what won't. And give your family some flexibility. For example, younger children will have different needs than teenagers.

I want you to think back for a moment to your childhood. What do you remember? What made you feel safe and secure? What do you want your children to remember about bedtime?

Bedtime can be one of the most important times of the day. Spending a few moments with your children before bed, can make a child feel safe and secure. It also provides a sense of routine to the night in order to help the body and mind prepare for sleep. All of this can make for a better nights sleep and provide a boost to joy, happiness, and mental well being.

So some tips for you in getting started. First off, what step would your family find most valuable? Whatever step that may be, make sure you give special focus to that step. Don't feel bad about making adjustments to how this works. If your family has a busy night, at least still hit the important stuff. Also, consider where the best place to meet as a family would be. What would help your family settle in to there routine? Turn the TV off, get rid of distractions, perhaps get comfy. Making this important, communicates to the kids the importance of faith and family. 

Homework is even good for adults
So get started this week. Every night go through the first 2 steps with your family. Or if you're ambitious, go through all 5. Below there is a verse for you to read every night of the week, surrounding the topic of sharing faith at bedtime. But of course, you can read whatever you'd like with your kids.

Sunday - Psalm 4:8 "I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
    for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety."

Monday - Romans 12:15a "Rejoice with those who rejoice."

Tuesday - Deuteronomy 12:12 "And you shall rejoice before the Lord your God, you together with your sons and your daughters."

Wednesday - Psalm 16:9 "Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure."

Thursday - Psalm 118:24 "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

Friday - Romans 12:12 "Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer."

Saturday - Your favorite verse of the week.

Pr. Jeremy

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The Info
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Adams, MN 55909
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