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Grace wins…and Big Truths for Little Kids {a book recommendation} by Susie

It’s a beautiful summer morning.  I am sitting in my favorite chair, coffee in hand, waiting for the morning cobwebs to clear and my stiff ankles to loosen and I start to reflect on the morning so far.
Once again I had managed to turn off my alarm in my sleep. I had intended to get up much earlier so I could have some “wake up” time to myself, read my Bible and pray and generally prepare for the day in solitude.
FAIL.
From the family room I hear the boys call out, “Can we watch another show?”  I hobble over to check on them, ankles still not awake.  “ How many have you watched so far?”  “Only 2!  Please Mommy!”  Since my brain is about as awake as my ankles I agree.  “One more and that’s it”.  Great, I had intended to finish up our Bug theme week with them this morning and I forgot to prepare the final activity and they are about to start into their 3rd TV show already.
FAIL.
I skim through my morning devotions and whip through my prayer journal.  I glance at the clock and start writing out my to do list.  Its long and I’m already running behind. I’m starting to have that looming anxious feeling well up in the pit of my stomach.  This day is not starting out as I had intended.
FAIL.
The boys burst out of the family room.  “Show’s over.  We’re starving!”  Wow that was a quick half hour. I open the fridge and my eyes land on the bunch of bananas I put there last night with the intention of making a yummy batch of muffins for us all this morning.
FAIL.
Oblivious to my growing sense of urgency to get this day’s show on the road they plead, “Mommy, can we please have a special Wednesday morning breakfast?  Please!  Can we help you make your famous French toast?”  I smile.  Famous? But then I glance at the clock, I rehearse our to do list, and I calculate the time it takes to make a special breakfast brunch.
Out of nowhere I sense the presence of the Holy Spirit and with Him comes a sense of peace and well-being.  I hear Him whisper into my heart, “Its ok.  Let it go! After all its summer – don’t stress. I have other intentions for this day.”
GRACE
“You boys want French toast?  You got it!”
We make our way to the back patio, mid morning feast in hand, sunglasses on, and our Big Truths for Little Kids book under my arm.  I’m starting to like how this day is not turning out 🙂  We indulge in the summer sun and the delights on our plate and I flip to chapter 19.  We pick up the story of Caleb, a young boy, learning to live out his faith in everyday, classic, boyish encounters.  Today he, once again, bumps into Scotty – the one who mercilessly teases him about following Jesus.  But this time, Scotty’s heart has changed and he starts asking questions.  I’m delighted as my boys shout out the answers before I have time to read them and I praise Jesus that these Big Truths have at least taken residence in their minds.
GRACE
 
         Oh that these Big Truths might also settle deep into their Little Hearts.  The story wraps up wondrously with little Scotty asking Jesus to be his Savior.  My oldest beams, showing his pleasure, and I can literally feel the hope in his heart grow knowing he’s thinking about the Scotty’s in his life.
GRACE
         “Mommy, I’m a Christian”.  I look lovingly at my littlest one and sadly dismiss his comment with a quick “Oh honey, that’s only when you understand Jesus loves you so much he died for you and wants to rescue you from your sins.”  Thankfully, he isn’t put off and says. “ I do mommy.”  My heart skips a beat.  “Come sit on mommy’s lap and let’s talk.”  I’m grateful the truth of the gospel is fresh on my heart and I’m so thankful this book has been walking us through it in “kid language.”  Our conversation ends with my baby snuggling on my lap, burying his head on my chest and sweetly asking Jesus to come into his heart and as he said, “rescue his sins.” 😉
GRACE
And I’m so glad my day did not go as I had intended.
Mark 10:13-16 NLT
Jesus Blesses the Children ] One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” …
Rejoicing,
Susie

Grace wins…and Big Truths for Little Kids {a book recommendation} by Susie

It’s a beautiful summer morning.  I am sitting in my favorite chair, coffee in hand, waiting for the morning cobwebs to clear and my stiff ankles to loosen and I start to reflect on the morning so far.
Once again I had managed to turn off my alarm in my sleep. I had intended to get up much earlier so I could have some “wake up” time to myself, read my Bible and pray and generally prepare for the day in solitude.
FAIL.
From the family room I hear the boys call out, “Can we watch another show?”  I hobble over to check on them, ankles still not awake.  “ How many have you watched so far?”  “Only 2!  Please Mommy!”  Since my brain is about as awake as my ankles I agree.  “One more and that’s it”.  Great, I had intended to finish up our Bug theme week with them this morning and I forgot to prepare the final activity and they are about to start into their 3rd TV show already.
FAIL.
I skim through my morning devotions and whip through my prayer journal.  I glance at the clock and start writing out my to do list.  Its long and I’m already running behind. I’m starting to have that looming anxious feeling well up in the pit of my stomach.  This day is not starting out as I had intended.
FAIL.
The boys burst out of the family room.  “Show’s over.  We’re starving!”  Wow that was a quick half hour. I open the fridge and my eyes land on the bunch of bananas I put there last night with the intention of making a yummy batch of muffins for us all this morning.
FAIL.
Oblivious to my growing sense of urgency to get this day’s show on the road they plead, “Mommy, can we please have a special Wednesday morning breakfast?  Please!  Can we help you make your famous French toast?”  I smile.  Famous? But then I glance at the clock, I rehearse our to do list, and I calculate the time it takes to make a special breakfast brunch.
Out of nowhere I sense the presence of the Holy Spirit and with Him comes a sense of peace and well-being.  I hear Him whisper into my heart, “Its ok.  Let it go! After all its summer – don’t stress. I have other intentions for this day.”
GRACE
“You boys want French toast?  You got it!”
We make our way to the back patio, mid morning feast in hand, sunglasses on, and our Big Truths for Little Kids book under my arm.  I’m starting to like how this day is not turning out 🙂  We indulge in the summer sun and the delights on our plate and I flip to chapter 19.  We pick up the story of Caleb, a young boy, learning to live out his faith in everyday, classic, boyish encounters.  Today he, once again, bumps into Scotty – the one who mercilessly teases him about following Jesus.  But this time, Scotty’s heart has changed and he starts asking questions.  I’m delighted as my boys shout out the answers before I have time to read them and I praise Jesus that these Big Truths have at least taken residence in their minds.
GRACE
 
         Oh that these Big Truths might also settle deep into their Little Hearts.  The story wraps up wondrously with little Scotty asking Jesus to be his Savior.  My oldest beams, showing his pleasure, and I can literally feel the hope in his heart grow knowing he’s thinking about the Scotty’s in his life.
GRACE
         “Mommy, I’m a Christian”.  I look lovingly at my littlest one and sadly dismiss his comment with a quick “Oh honey, that’s only when you understand Jesus loves you so much he died for you and wants to rescue you from your sins.”  Thankfully, he isn’t put off and says. “ I do mommy.”  My heart skips a beat.  “Come sit on mommy’s lap and let’s talk.”  I’m grateful the truth of the gospel is fresh on my heart and I’m so thankful this book has been walking us through it in “kid language.”  Our conversation ends with my baby snuggling on my lap, burying his head on my chest and sweetly asking Jesus to come into his heart and as he said, “rescue his sins.” 😉
GRACE
And I’m so glad my day did not go as I had intended.
Mark 10:13-16 NLT
Jesus Blesses the Children ] One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” …
Rejoicing,
Susie

8 Comments

Lisa Murphy

21 August , 2012 at 1:53 am

Hallelujah and Amen! Thank you for articulating the beauty that can happen when we let go; even when it looks like (at first) that we are "neglecting" part of our habits for Him. Amazing! And big high five to you for your sharp ear to the Spirit and wisdom to let Him rule!

Jennifer Gillmer

21 August , 2012 at 3:31 am

Beautiful. Inspiring. Way to let go and listen to the Lord!! We need more of that!

raisingdeeproots

21 August , 2012 at 3:38 pm

Grace, Grace, Grace! Without it there would have been no listening! Thanks friends for the encouragement!

adrienne

24 August , 2012 at 8:56 pm

What an awesome and inspiring post! A great reminder to slow down and enjoy each moment....keep up the great work.

raisingdeeproots

26 August , 2012 at 5:48 am

thanks Adrienne! Miss you! Susie

christine magtibay

18 October , 2012 at 6:25 am

How did I miss this? Praise the Lord, God is so good! I am always amazed how God works the crazy moments into HIS when we step back & let Him lead. It is that shaky first step of obedience that leads to the next that is easier...

raisingdeeproots

18 October , 2012 at 8:02 am

Yes God is so Good! Love to you Christine and I'm full of thanksgiving for your heart that tirelessly serves our children at church! What a beautiful partnership of church and home!

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