Friday, May 6, 2011

The simple faith of a child

Recently my neighbourhood, which isn't that bad, made the headlines for the wrong reasons. A particular "group" had moved in, and they had a rep of being bad news. They had set themselves up in hopes of luring young people to "help them out" etc. A wave of fear hit me. Like real fear. Fear for my home being invaded, fear of being intimidated in my own neighbourhood, and fear for our city. Real, keep me up at night fear. I decided for a while that I would avoid that route for a while, not run past and certainly avoid my children biking past. That was until I was reminded of the scripture in the Bible " ‎"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind". So that afternoon I decided, we weren't going to be afraid. Of course we would be on guard, but I wasn't going to avoid going down the same street I would normally just because of them. I also decided to pray for them... and get the kids to as well. We prayed out loud every time we drove past, "Lord shut them down and save them ".
And guess what!? This week its gone..only two weeks after opening. We drove past again and I urged the kids to have a look out the window and tell me what was different..."The signs gone.. Its shut down..!"

Getting them to pray real prayers and seeing them answered is what builds faith in little people. When you have things like Santa, the Easter bunny and the tooth fairy that get "Myth Busted" when they get older and they basically learn it was a big lie...the question is how will they not think that God (who they also can't see) even exists when other fairy tales are advertised to them as real and then aren't true.

The Hubster and I are committed to trying to instill not only the good values the bible teaches but also the reality of the Author behind it.

"Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven." Matthew 18:2-4 (New Living Translation)

8 comments:

Miss Becky-Boo said...

Love it Jacks! Real faith instilled into our kidlets is what will get them through the realities of life. Nice to hear about answered prayers.

PaisleyJade said...

So awesome Jackie!!! Just love how kids can grow in faith as young children with things like this!

Happy painter said...

I appaud and cogratulate you both on your wonderful teaching of your children (our Grandchildren)in faith and love.
As grandparents we also like to let them share with many others the wonders of make believe. Like when the Chocolate trees bloom. They very quickly realize it is a fun game to look forward to. Not a lie but make believe.:)This game they can see who really instgates it so their faith is not shattered.

The South African Kiwis said...

AMEN! Love it Jacksta!

Neetz said...

Haaaallllleeeeellluuuuujjjjaahhhhh!!!
man I have been standing firm against that one too!! Yay they're gone, but even more...SAVE them Lord... SAVE THEM!!! xxxxxxxxx Yay for kiddies prayers too..I love their Faith!! xx

Leonie said...

Love this post Jacksta!! wow, what an amazing witness they are to the power of prayer! Awesome!

KendylsPlace said...

Super cool post! And super cool God! xx

Lisa said...

gosh there is a lesson in that for me!!