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Does God speak through your children?

Fruit Loops

My two kids and I were all enjoying a bowl of fruit loops this morning. There was nothing particularly spiritual about breakfast. We had not prayed together yet as a family, nor had I had time to pray on my armor.

But as we were eating breakfast, there was something on my mind. I was thinking about how our Amazon Prime membership would be expiring at the end of the month. They raised their rates this year and it was going to be tough for us to renew. However, this is our only option for TV. We cancelled our satellite TV a couple of years ago to save money and were unsuccessful in getting an antenna to work to receive local channels.

I don’t remember if I was actually praying about this issue or if I was just thinking about it. It was very early in the morning and my brain was still not fully awake. However, as I thought about it, I had an idea. I started thinking that we could subscribe to Netflix and just pay by the month until we can renew our Prime membership.

Just after I had that thought, my daughter who had been silent for a while all of a sudden said, “But mommy, I want the red square.” The “red square” is what we click on in the menu of our Blu-ray player to access Netflix. We cancelled Netflix when we signed up for Prime but she still remembers we used to use the red square. It has been a year since we cancelled Netflix and probably months since my daughter made any reference to clicking on the “red square”.

I stared in silence and wonder for a while.

In my prayer times, I have been asking God for wisdom. And I believe He spoke clearly to me this morning about a particular issue through my daughter.

I have a friend who once told me the story about how she was driving down the road with her daughter in the car one day and was thinking to herself if she should go ahead and stop for gas or if she could make it home. At that moment, her daughter piped up and said, “Mommy, we need gas.” This girl was too young to understand this concept but God spoke through her this day as well.

God spoke to Balaam through a donkey. Why not through our children?

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Little kids…Big God

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Things were not going well this morning…

I was determined to pray on the armor of God. My four year-old had other plans.

I kept asking God to protect that time so I could be ready for the day.

But the drama continued. The whining. The clinginess. And crying at the drop of a hat.

My little girl was not acting like her usual chipper self.

I was getting angrier and angrier.

I finally almost blew a gasket and started stomping towards her and in the direction of her room. She burst into tears (again) and started running towards her room.

I realized in that moment that I had both scared her and hurt her feelings at the same time.

This was a teachable moment for me. I was scared of going any further with my day without praying. However, God was sending a clear message that I needed to stop and attend to my daughter.

I sat on the rocking chair in her room and held her. Her face was very unhappy.

I finally asked her, “Are you feeling grouchy today?” Her response was a sullen “yes”.

I said, “Let’s pray to Jesus about this.” Despite some reluctance, she repeated my words.

“Dear Jesus, please help me not to be grouchy. Amen.”

I saw an immediate change in her. She began to play with her little brother right away in a loving, sharing manner. Her behavior the rest of the morning was completely different.  And it was such a simple, short prayer.

I heard a preacher say years ago that God doesn’t send kids a “junior Holy Spirit”. Their God is as great big as ours is and so is their Holy Spirit.

Luke 18: 16 But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.17 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” (NKJV)

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2014 in Children, Prayer

 

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