What is your child's first response when something isn't right? When an illness causes discomfort, when a fear comes up, when something is out of our control? And more importantly, what is your first response in these situations? I wish I could say that mine is always to turn to God in prayer. It often is, but not every time. I have tried to teach Audrey to think this way, to look to God when she is in need, and it seems to have worked.
A few weeks ago we were on our way home from church and I casually mentioned having a headache. Immediately the response from the back seat was, "Mommy! I want to pray for you!" After chewing up her snack, Audrey held my hand and prayed a sweet and simple prayer for my head to "not feel bad." I was so blessed by her quick and correct response to my need. We have taught her that Jesus heals and I love seeing her child like faith in action. I am so thankful that the good things we have sown into her are taking root and bearing good fruit. I feel like I fall so short so often and it is times like these that I feel such encouragement to press on.
I have seen God's faithfulness all throughout my life. I know that God still heals based on His Word, but also because of personal experience. My little sister was born blind. Her optic nerves had not developed and she was completely unable to see. My mom took her to three different doctors and they all gave the same diagnosis. They all said there was nothing that could be done, no hope of her receiving her sight. My mom refused to accept that her child would never see so my parents took her to be anointed and prayed for at our church (based on James 5: 14 and 15). The following evening they observed for the first time, Lauren following a moving object with her eyes. She was completely healed and now doesn't even wear glasses. This testimony has been such a powerful force in my life. Even in times when I strayed from God, I always knew that He is real and that He cares about me. I want my children to grow up with that same sense of God's love and power.
Children are never too young to learn about God and to hear about His love and faithfulness. They are little sponges, thirsty to suck up anything we put before them. We must be so diligent to seek out good things that nurture faith and godly character in our little ones! Spending time reading Christian children's books together, listening to worship music or scripture put to song, and patiently explaining who God is to our children really pays dividends. Our favorite books to read together right now are two that I had as a child and remember enjoying the rich detail in the illustrations. They are Big Thoughts for Little People and Giant Steps for Little People. Both are available through Amazon and teach biblical truths and godly character. We are also enjoying listening to God's Word from A to Z by Abe and Liza Philip and also the Seeds Family Worship music. Both are available through the Itunes Store and make scripture memory so easy.