Friday, July 13, 2007

Music to a Mother's Ears


Kara loves music. She especially love the violin. However since we do not leave the violin out for her to play with, she will often go over to daddy's guitar and strum the strings. I love hearing her sing and attempt to play, and I hope to encourage her to follow music and learn to play.

However, Kara has done something that brings more excitement and anticipation to my heart then hearing her strum the guitar or finger the keys on the piano.

A little over three years ago, Jehovah entrusted JA and myself with raising and nurturing Kara. As we pray over her, teach her, discipline her, we long to hear her entrust her life and soul to our Master. In fact, the first verses we taught her (other than Children obey your parents) is I Corinthians 15:3-4 -- Christ died for our sins (she likes to add 'on the cross') according to the Scriptures and that He was buried and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.

She is now beginning to grasp an understanding of God, what Jesus did for us and why.
Yesterday while we were walking around JC Penny's enjoying their sidewalk sale, Kara was singing Jesus Died for Me.

This morning I was attempting to have my Bible reading and Kara brought a book she wanted me to read to her. After explaining to her that Mommy needed to spend time with God before I could do anything -- such as read Kara the book, clean the kitchen, or do the laundry -- I need to finish reading my Bible and praying. Kara began walking off saying "I need to spend time with God" She promptly began to fuss b/c she couldn't find her Bible. So I asked her if she wanted me to read part of my Bible to her. She eagerly agreed and I read Psalm 1 to her and tried to explain it the best I could. By this time Lydia had also come over and by now both girls were sitting on the ottoman in front of me. Then I told Kara it was time to pray so I asked her what she wanted to pray about. Without any prompting or even hinting at, Kara immediately said thank Jesus for dying on the cross for me. That in itself excited me. I followed her statement up with a question

"Why did Jesus die on the cross for you?"

"He died for sin"

"What is sin?"

"Being naughty"

"Does Kara sin?"

"Yes."

I chose to end the conversation there and we prayed. Kara began and said "Thank you for dying on the cross. Amen." Lydia then prayed -- very mumbled but I did understand the bowing of the head, the folding of the hands, and the emphatic AMEN. I prayed after them, and then had them read some books while I continued with my Bible reading.

I am just thrilled to see Kara in the beginning stages of knowing and eventually (we pray) accepting Christ as her Lord and Savior. Obviously because of her age we want to be careful that we do not push her to saying a prayer that she depends on. Yet, we know her heart is tender and open to believing God.

I would ask that you would pray for us as we continue to train and raise our three children to honor and glorify God. Pray that we would be patient , understanding, and willing to stop and listen to our children when they approach us with questions concerning what they hear and learn.

3 John 4 -- I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

2 John 1:4 -- I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

2 comments:

Alicia said...

How beautiful to see God opening Kara's eyes to His truths! We share the same desires for our Chloe to come to God. Good thing God gives us the grace and strength to lead our children to Him! If it were left up to fleshly me I certainly would do a horrid job.

Conleys said...

Praise the Lord for his leading in your girl's life. Those pictures of them are priceless!