Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Great Idea

I was laying down with Grace as she went to sleep - she, obviously deep in thought with her back to me, and me silently praying about opening lines of communication with her, drawing out some of the worries I know she has been silently carrying around.

Suddenly she turned to me with a sparkle in her eye. "Mom, I have a great idea!"

Oh boy.

I prepared myself to attempt a small show of enthusiasm before I totally squashed her next great idea.

Yes, Honey, it would be fun to have another Valentine's party with your friends here tomorrow and I can see you've already spent a lot of time creating hand-made invitations and party favors personalized to each person, but I'm afraid we have other things to do tomorrow.

Well, I'm not sure if popcorn kernels would get hot enough to pop on your light bulb, but it doesn't sound all that safe to have them flying around the room.

Yes, I'm sure you and Caleb could build a fine stable in that corner of the backyard, but our neighborhood does not allow us to keep ponies in our backyard.

No, it doesn't allow chickens either.

Well, yes, fish are allowed, but I'm not sure a pond in the backyard is such a great idea.

"So what is your great idea?" I asked cautiously.

"Well," she began, "I was thinking that we could put a bucket in my room and every night I could write down something that is bothering me and put it in there. After I go to sleep, you could take my worry out and write down a Bible verse about it and put it in there for me to read in the morning. It would be like I'm trading my worries for God's peace!"

"That is a great idea," I responded with true enthusiasm. "I think we will really enjoy doing that."

And we have.

...present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7


Poppa said...

God help me to see you and experience you as my Grand kids do!

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HappyNomads said...

Wow, that brought tears to my eyes! We love how you are really raising your kids with God right in the midst of everyday life. They are getting it!!! Go God!!!

debby94 said...

What a wonderful idea from such a little one. Isn't it awesome how God works in our lives?

Anonymous said...

wow, that definitely shows the faith of children. I'm gonna have to remember that idea because Cole seems to be struggling with a lot of fears lately as well...although, sometimes it's his way of trying to stay up later. =)

Rebecca said...

Excellent idea! I might steal that one! : ) I must say I can relate when you wrote the many requests of your precious child and the apprehension of hearing another one. I deal with that with Hannah and I feel like I squash her little ideas and heart so much because they are so far from possible. But some times an idea surfaces like Grace's and I am soooo blessed. How I don't want to squash what is in her! Oh to fully be the mom God wants me to be. But in His grace and time! : )