How to Teach Your Children True Joy

I tried that and it didn’t work out for me.
Such a common and heartbreaking response to an offer of salvation thru Jesus Christ.

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Two studies conducted by the Barna Group and USA Today say 75 percent of Christian young people are leaving the church after high school. As a Mom with a passion, I want to know what factors are attributing to these staggering statistics.


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How can I help raise our children in a way that encourages a fruitful personal relationship with the Lord?


What stumbling blocks would cause someone to say “been there done that” and walk away from everlasting life?


How to Teach Your Child True Joy

How to Teach Your Child True Joy Like Minded Musings


One of the key reasons mentioned was not having a real life example to see faith put into action.


We can give our children an incredible gift by letting them see a life of faith lived out. The good, the bad and all in between.  Of course, it’s easier to experience joy in the good times. But faith lived out means they get front row seats to both joy and despair.


We don’t want to disappoint our kids, but one of the biggest lies we can pass on to them is being a believer means smooth sailing. We shouldn’t let them think we won’t have troubles, hardships or pain. Instead, let’s point them to true joy and hope in this life through it. One that is only found in Christ.

True Joy Rooted in Jesus


Let’s get practical…


Study what the Bible says on joy. Dig in with them. Look at verses like these.


  • My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to You – I whom You have redeemed. Psalm 71:23
  • Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. Psalm 34:5
  • Satisfy us in the morning with Your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all
    our days. Psalm 90:14
  • Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart. Psalm 119:111


Ask them what kinds of things bring joy to their hearts. Listen and work through it together.
Begin to build a foundation of Joy found in a relationship with the Lord vs Joy found in things that are temporary.


  • And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:52
  • Satisfy us in the morning with Your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all
    our days. Psalm 90:14
  • But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness… Gal 5:22
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Be open and talk with them about tough situations. Share verses and past experiences where you struggled to find joy.
  • For You make me glad by Your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what Your hands have done. Psalm 92:4
  • Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Psalm 95:1
  • Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Phil 4:4


Talk about things that try to steal our joy. Discuss comparison, discontentment, and emotions with them. Help them prepare ahead of time with prayer and scriptures.


  • When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19
  • Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Rom 12:12
  • But may all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; may those who long for Your saving help
    always say, ‘The Lord is great!’ Psalm 70:4


And yes, enjoy life! Experience the joy of family, serving, encouraging and helping others around you. God gives us His joy, rooted in Him as a blessing. Don’t miss the joy that can be found in the everyday!


Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9
I’ve added a fun Printable for your kids to hang up in their room as a reminder to seek God for True Joy each day!
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What do you do to teach your children True Joy? Share in the comments below!


2 thoughts on “How to Teach Your Children True Joy”

  • Lee, these are great thoughts on this subject. My husband and I share a lot with our kids about real life struggles and our weaknesses and imperfections. My favorite parts of that is sharing with them about answered prayers and also about how God has used us despite our human weaknesses. I want my kids to know that if they try to be perfect or try to make their lives go perfectly they are missing the point of a relationship with Jesus and will be robbed of their joy. Jesus loves the entire mess we are and nothing less. Thank you for sharing this, Heidi

    • Hi, Heidi! Thank you for sharing about what you discuss with your children! Sharing with them about our real life struggles and our weaknesses is so important! And sharing answered prayers? I love it! You are so right about the point being our relationship with Jesus, God cares so much for our hearts! You have a fantastic blog and a beautiful story of your “why” for starting homeschooling! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by!

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