Monday, April 09, 2007
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter with your family and friends!! Chad and I had a really special day yesterday - Shep understood the Easter Bunny concept this year which made decorating eggs so much fun! He ran in to our room Sunday morning about to blow a gasket because he discovered his Easter Basket by his bed and just couldn't believe the Easter Bunny had actually come!! We wound up spending the day in Palatka with Chad's family - Chad's cousins (Earl and Kim) hosted our get-together and Shep and Rauly had a blast playing with all their cousins!
I want to share something that happened last week. I recently joined a Community Bible Study in Jacksonville and the study offers childcare - the 2-5 year olds participate in a Bible Study that follows along with what the adults are studying and the leaders in the program told me beforehand that the children's study was awesome!! They actually sent me home with the children's curriculum just so that I would know what he was learning about and so that I could encourage him to continue learning more about the topic of scripture throughout the rest of the week. Well, on the way home from the study this past week, Shepherd and I were talking about why we celebrate Easter. I was explaining to Shepherd (in easy to understand children's terms) how Jesus died and rose again and that we celebrate that he lives in all of us now. At this point, Shepherd began asking me who Jesus lived inside...naming specific family members. (Example: "Mommy, does Jesus live in Meemaw? Does Jesus live in Peepaw?) Well, this went on for a while...till his questions really hit home - he began naming names of people that Jesus does not live inside. At this point I became teary eyed and was reminded yet again how important it is that we raise children who love the Lord whole-heartedly. After taking a deep breath and wiping the tears away, I explained to Shepherd (yet again in easy to understand children's terms) how Jesus gives us all a choice. I told him that everything is God's creation, but to be a child of God we must ask Jesus to live inside of us and we must try to always do the right thing. He seemed to understand what I said, although I really have no clue if he got it. It doesn't matter though,...I know some day he will understand - and I can assure you I will be much more prepared from here on out - this was the first time he has ever showed interest and I am just SO excited to begin this journey!!!