Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Living It



It's near noon on a Tuesday and he's in the playground.  Ethan, my nine-year-old, in the middle of the school day is walking around amongst the third grade class recess and praying.


  A classmate comes over and asks what he's doing and Ethan tells him he's praying.  What's that?, the child asks.  Ethan says, Well, you talk to God, the one and only true God who has a Son named Jesus, and you start out like, Dear God, and you ask him to help you with something or you tell him stuff.  But the main thing is you have to believe in your heart that He hears you and that He'll do it and after a few times of praying to Him about it, you'll have an answer. 

This I listen to on our drive home after we've left the car-line at the end of the school day . 

What a pleasant surprise!  I love these moments!  Moments when I discover the fruit of seeds I planted in my children during times that left me wondering if they really heard me.  This fruit discovered in the midst of the mindless routine, right smack between pushing brothers to get the much sought after way-back back seat and the wrestling match that takes place in the driveway daily as we pile out of the van and "walk" (with 3 boys, I use that term loosely) to the front door.


Keys to prayer as told by a child (of God):

1. Make sure you're praying to the right guy, aka the one and only true God who has a Son named Jesus. 
2. Believe that He hears you and that He'll do it.
3.  Keep it up.
4.  Do it no matter where you are.
5.  Don't be afraid to be seen and heard. 


Such a great reminder to me to talk the walk and keep pouring into these boys what it means to live being a Jesus-follower.  Although they may not always look as though they're getting it...they are.  Children are sponges and will soak up whatever you give them.  This is a reminder to me to continue to create opportunities with them to soak in more of God.


They soak up enough and recess time could look a whole lot different! 


*sharing this at MOB Society's Let's Hear it for the Boys link-up
 {reaching the hearts of boys for the gospel & preparing a generation of men to love the Lord}

3 comments:

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Wow, this is awesome! Go Ethan. A seed of many has sprouted ... what a beautiful beginning Maureen.
Love, Heidi

Colleen said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love!!!!! I love the other post you wrote while I was away. I didn't get to be on the internet much but did read them!!!!

Kelli Becton said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

out of the mouths of babes! right? that's just awesome!!

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