It has been amusing and a blessing lately to hear how our girls are expressing their faith in God these days! I am often challenged by them! (Please forgive us for bragging a bit on our kids, there are just as many, if not more, moments of utter meltdowns and temper tantrums, but who wants to relive those???)
There is a lot of construction going on in La Paz right now…the city government is tearing up old roads and putting down new roads. For good reason, as there are potholes of death here! Apparently, the new roads are, in theory, able to withstand the extreme heat and hurricanes and somehow prevent potholes. Well, the result is, we are now living in a giant maze. It feels like the streets that are open and closed change every day, so I’ve been driving down some different streets lately. The girls and I had to find a new way home this past week, and we drove past a beautiful house. I said to the girls with longing, “Girls, that house is beautiful, don’t you think?” And Ava immediately said, “Yes, Mommy, but not as beautiful as the gold houses in heaven.” True, Ava!
The other morning, the girls woke up and stayed in bed singing together…”Our God is greater, our God is stronger, our God is higher than any other.” Over and over and over again…because they couldn’t remember the rest of the song. Annoying, but seriously, how can you stop them from praising?
Again, another rather interesting moment…the girls went out front and starting shouting, “God is the king of us.” No joke…in our front yard and at the top of their lungs. We had to have them quiet down a bit, while still encouraging them that what they were saying was true! I seriously have no clue where they got this idea. I promise I am not a sidewalk evangelist!!!!
And then, what has really touched our hearts lately is the generosity of Ali. She received a Rainbow Loom for Christmas from Pete’s sister. Ever since, she has been making bracelets and selling them (thank you to all our very kind friends here who have bought one from her, lol). The other day, she opened up her wallet and gave all the money to Peter Gatto for the Ranch! Every last peso.
As we encourage our kids, I have to remind myself daily that these are the things I want to cultivate in them…a love for God, a desire to praise Him, a compassionate spirit, generosity, and prayer. It makes the task of parenting simpler and harder all at the same time. Simpler, because it’s really God doing a work in them, not us. Harder, because I know we are called to teach and set examples. And I am so often tempted to focus on other skills…academics, sports, whatever else, above their spiritual lives…because that’s what I’m tempted to do in my own life.
What do you do to help your kids (or students or grandkids or nieces/nephews, etc.) love Jesus more? Any good ideas to share with us as we are on this journey together?