My favorite part of the day is when I get to wind down with my 6 year old…..not because he is finally going to bed 😉 but because we get to read, and talk about Jesus. Jesus is our intro and our exit, no matter how are day unfolded. We start with Him, and we end with Him…..literally.
My emphasis, when talking to my little boy about Christ, is the Love of God. My biggest reason for expressing God’s love to my son, through discussion along with action, is because he needs to know, how his mistakes put no limits on God’s love, especially in such a crucial time in his life where he is learning respect, responsibility, obedience, sharing, and self-control, especially when the adults around him often fail at these very attributes that we are teaching him. These are hard lessons for a kid, and often times, before the good habits become a part of life, the bad ones have to be worked out through much practice of the good habits, and to avoid confusion, I like him to know, that even through our mistakes, Jesus loves you more than you can imagine and comprehend. There is no limit nor ending to His love.
He was once told by an adult that; “A mother’s love, is the ultimate love.” My very Blessed little boy, responded without a thought; “No it’s not! God’s love is!” I wore a smile from ear to ear when I heard him defend his faith, and the truth. God reminded me, through my child, that although I have many insecurities in parenting right now, I’m on the right path with my Blessing.
We had the Heaven talk last night, which is always intense, even when talking to a child, because we are dealing with the matters of the soul and eternity. He asked; “How does Jesus take us to Heaven? Do we get on an airplane, and then when we are in the sky open the door and step on a cloud.” When he said this, I wanted to cry. I wanted to laugh. My heart melted at such an honest and innocent concern from someone so little and truly curious and zealous about God. I proceeded with an answer, and the look on his face, reminded me of the time when we are faced with making a decision…..eternal life, or eternal damnation. I can see the Lord, already putting conviction in his heart.
I am so convinced that God also Blesses us with our children, to spiritually uplift us when we are going through rough times in life…….if we raise them in the word of God. Some of our morning time and bed time discussions are also about trusting in God, and giving Him all of our troubles and cares, because He cares for us and loves us. Some days I will just, “deep sigh”, and my little boy already knows what that means. He will say something like; “Mommy remember, you don ‘t have to worry about anything, because God can handle it.” What you invest, you get in return. In more scriptural context…..you reap what you sow. You sow the word of God into your children, you will see the return of your investment, especially when you are in a season of what seems like a drought. I have needed those words and promises more than material. When I am reminded, the whole course of my day changes. It goes from worry, to peace. God is good.
I now understand, that having a child means preparing them to be able to defend their faith, even unto death. Not only to teach them responsibility and independence on how to live without “needing” all of the time, but to teach them how to survive and live off of the word of God. I tell my son all of the time, that prayer is the ONLY way that you will survive in this world. I let him know, that the love of his parents, is not nearly enough……he will always need more, and he will find that love through Christ Jesus.
Do not be afraid to truthfully talk to your children. You will find that they are more interested than you may know or think, to hear what you have to say about life and Jesus Christ. They want to know how to live, and they want to know from you. Your shortcomings are merely preparation to humbly speak to them.
❤ Raven Nicole`