I pray that my kids will experience God in a real way everyday. I pray that as they encounter God in their lives their faith will grow and they will see who He is for themselves. Not just what their Sunday School teacher says, not just what their parents say, or worse, what their friends say. But that they themselves KNOW that God is real.
I pray these things, but I don’t always get to be there when it happens for a child.
But the other day, I did have the opportunity to see God at work. Number 1 and I have had many, many conversations about appropriate books and inappropriate books for her age lately. And I have come down on the “too protective” side according to her (and some of her friends). Maybe so. But I made the decisions (with some help from http://www.commonsensemedia.com) to help guard her heart and mind UNTIL she is ready to deal with such topics.
This isn’t about how over-protective, or permissive I am as a parent, It’s about how number 1 saw God in our conversation that day.
As I explained to her why I didn’t feel those books were appropriate to read yet and why it mattered, I quoted:
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
She looked at me and said, “you just read that off my paper.”
No, I hadn’t.
But sure enough, there it was written right in front of her and as I quoted it, she looked down and saw it for herself. When I told her that in fact I had not seen that written there I looked at her and said, “God just spoke to you. You, my sweet girl, just had a moment with God. Believe that.” And in her reaction I know that she knew it too.
Thank you LORD!