The Wonderful Ways We Come to Love Our Lord

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It seems my son has always had a heart for God. When he was two and barely even talking, we were having some problems at our church. We had decided we were going to look into other churches and stopped going to our church for probably about two months.

When we would drive by our church he would say “Shhurch, shhurch,” sometimes nearly crying and of course bringing me to tears. It was him who eventually brought us back to our church and things settled out nicely for us after that and we’ve been there now for 5 years. I know the awesome toddler program and playroom was probably his main motivation at the time but nonetheless, he’s always loved church and many a time when we haven’t felt like going, it was his prompting that made us.

One of my fondest (and scariest) memories of him was when he was almost three. My sister-in-law and I were in the bathroom getting ready to go somewhere when all of a sudden we were like “Where’s C?” We looked out the window and there he was at the very end of our driveway, very near the street, sitting down playing. We both ran out of the house yelling for him to come in from the road. He was fine of course but I asked him what he was doing out there. His response was “Playing wiff God”.

PLAYING WITH GOD! What two-year-old says that? My sis and I really, truly believe that there was an angel at least, if not Jesus, sitting out there on the pavement with him, protecting him from the street and traffic and well, playing with him.

I share this story to illustrate that it seems that C has always had an understanding or relationship with God, at least from a young age. It wasn’t the same with my daughter. I won’t say that I was worried about her, but it saddened me when she was younger that she didn’t seem to have the same connection with Jesus that my son did. When he was really young for months and months on end he listened to the same Bob the Builder CD every night.

I tired of this because he was the child that I had to lie down and fall asleep with nearly every night, so I would try to persuade him to give other CDs a chance. Eventually Bob the Builder lost it’s allure and he began to listen to my childhood favorite Dan and Louie’s “Greatest Stories Ever Told”. He liked it so much I ordered the entire 20 CD set and he still listens to Dan and Louie every night. I think there are about 120 Bible stories on the 20 CDs so he has learned a lot about the Bible. More than once an adult from Sunday School has told me how impressed they are with his knowledge of the Word.

My daughter on the other hand, isn’t really into the Bible stories. She likes listening to music at night. This started with a CD of nursery rhymes*, then graduated to Veggietales, and then onto an Easter story/music CD called Easter Favorites which she now listens to every night. This CD does have dialogue but mostly old, old choruses we would sing when I was young like “Alive, alive” and “Everybody Ought to Know”. She loves this CD and it is so wonderful to hear her sing and worship God. She also loves to watch Hillsongs children’s worship DVDs.

So even though she isn’t so much into learning about God’s Word (although I am trying to teach her more), she loves to pray, praise and sing about God. I’ve heard her whispering prayers in the backseat while I’m driving and she’s forever talking about Jesus and going to “Jesusland” someday!

My husband was the blessed one to have an experience with our daughter that will warm his heart forever. I was working one Sunday night not long ago and he brought the kids to church (what an awesome Dad!). The kids spent most of the night downstairs in the children’s room but I guess J was bored with that and came upstairs. It was at the end of the service and many people were up at the front of the church praying, singing and worshiping. J asked what they were doing. My husband explained it to her and she asked if she could go up to the front to pray as well. Of course he said she could and off she went.

First she just stood there with her eyes closed for the longest time. Then she looked around a little, headed to the stage where she sat down on a step facing the congregation, and closed her eyes again for another few minutes. Well, I can’t even imagine how much this melted my husband’s heart. It is an affirmation for me too that although she’s different than our son, she is still learning about and loving God in her own way. Oh I look forward to watching how our little 17-month old will make her way to Christ, and then our little munchkin whom God is still knitting in my womb.

A few years ago around Mother’s Day, before my second daughter was born, my kids were watching Hillsongs Kids “Super Strong God” DVD, and a precious little boy quotes Psalm 139:13:

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (NIV).

I had heard this on the DVD a dozen times before, as well as innumerable times throughout my life, but that time of year made me think differently about how the verses could be written. I took the perspective of a mother:

For you created my children’s inmost being; you knit them together in my womb. I praise you because they are fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My children’s frames were not hidden from you when you made them in my secret place, when you wove them in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw their unformed bodies; all the days ordained for them were written in your book before one of them came to be.

How wonderful to know our children are created by God and sanctified by our faith. Thank you Lord.

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About the Author:
I’m a stay at home mom to three children with one on the way. You can read about how well (or not so well) I’m doing living a life slow to anger and abounding in love on my blog stailing.blogspot.com

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