When I was about to become a mommy for the first time, I knew my life was going to change forever. I have to say that my two little girls are the best gift that God has ever given to me. I thought that they were given to me so that I could raise them up in the Lord. I have to say that I really do try to be a godly mom but sometimes, I am definitely not the greatest role model.
I remember when my seven year old was just two. She didn’t talk much. I was really upset about a phone call and worried that a thief had stolen my identity. I was sitting at my dining room table weeping and I felt this baby hand on mine. She uttered a mumbling of words and then said “amen” loud and clear. I was amazed. I stared down at her and she looked up at me in genuine concern. She had prayed over me. I felt instant relief. I LEARNED TO PRAY FIRST ABOUT EVERYTHING.
When she was a few days shy of turning four, we had a second baby girl. I felt very anxious about how our first child would react. After all, she had full attention from everyone until now. When my parents brought her into the hospital room, she approached the swaddled little bundle and put a cross on her forehead. The cross is how my family always showed their trust in Jesus. My eyes welled with tears and I LEARNED THAT THE LITTLE THINGS I DO TO SHOW MY FAITH ARE CAUGHT. She knew just what to do. She caught my “God bless you”…she caught the cross on her forehead and she passed it on.
When she was five, she asked about what it means to be saved. I explained to her about accepting Jesus as her Savior and Him being in her heart. She said she wanted that and we prayed. I LEARNED THAT A YOUNG CHILD CAN EMBRACE GOD AND LEARN TO WALK WITH HIM. I know I still have the task to teach her and I love our talks.
Just a few months ago, she proclaimed that she was going to share Jesus with her friends. I LEARNED THAT TALKING TO PEOPLE ABOUT WHO JESUS IS, IS SIMPLER THAN I MAKE IT.
She asked her daddy, “what is a bay?” He said, “a place where you can catch fish…it has water like a pond.” She thought a moment and said, “No, I mean the kind like God is telling me to listen and He will give me what I want.” He said, “Oh, you mean obey…yes, listen to what God is telling you just like you listen to what mommy and daddy ask you to do.” I LEARNED THAT WHEN YOUR EARS ARE LISTENING, GOD SPEAKS TO YOU.
My littlest one has always been a singer. She is three now and still loves to sing. She loves when I sing to her. She listens and has been singing full lyrics since before her first birthday. She has always been outgoing, spunky, and a talker. She sings “Jesus Loves Me” and “Deep and Wide” to her baby dolls. She dances and sings “O Taste and See” and “Cast Your Burdens”. Just moments ago, I tucked her in and I heard her say “Goodnight God”. She is fascinated that God made her and loves her. I LEARNED TO BE FASCINATED THAT GOD MADE ME AND LOVES ME TOO.
Children are amazing gifts from God. I am so blessed and I am learning so many things from watching them grow. Time goes by so fast. They grow up so quickly. I am so happy and thankful that mine are growing up in Jesus.
Thank you for giving me these two beautiful little girls. They have filled my heart with such joy. I want them to always chase after You and to love You with all their hearts. Hold them in your arms and keep them on Your path. I will always treasure the lessons that You have taught me through them. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.