Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tender Moment

Last night was a trying night for me. Caleb had no nap so he was miserable and ended up going to sleep at 6 pm (with me praying that he would stay asleep all night...he did). Then I had an uncomfortable moment with Rondell's step father (he judges my parenting a little more often than I would like and it just makes me...well angry).

After all had settled down and the house was quiet, it was just me and Jamison. She had been telling me that she wanted a life verse like the one I did for Caleb (see it here). This led to a conversation about what I feel a life verse means to a person and I explained why I chose the one for Caleb and why I've chosen Proverbs 31:27 for myself. I think she understood.

I thought this was a great moment to share my faith with Jamison. I want my children to develop their own relationship with God, not my relationship with God, but it's also important to me that I model what that relationship should look like.

I asked Jamison to think about what she wants God to help her with and that I would help her pick a verse that closely fits what's in her heart. So far she's talked about God giving her energy and that He loves her and she loves Him. I'll let you know what she comes up with.

18 comments:

jennykate77 said...

I LOVE that...a life verse! What a wonderful way to share God with your children and help them develop their own personal relationship with Him! I think it's a wonderful idea!

She is such a cutie!

Hope you guys are having a great week so far!

jenjen said...

What a wonderful experience that must have been for you and your daughter, Kelli. And I think it is so important to share our spiritual thoughts with our children so they can see God's work all around them and develop their own bond with Him.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

XOXO
Jen

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

What a sweet post. You are such a good mommy!! By the way, I was feeling your pain with the tired kiddo... back from camping and mine were just all riled up and tired. Not a good combo.

Have a lovely day!

Emily said...

What a great idea...life verse and how great that you could have that conversation with Jamison and help lead her like that!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I love that about the life verses!
I am sorry you had a trying day-they make the day seem much longer...

schwadette said...

Our girls are definitely growing up... and maturing! How awesome that you were able to share this with Miss J! You're a great mom Kelli :)!!!

Miller Racing Family said...

What a great concept of a life verse. I am so impressed that your little girl is interested in learning more about verses and Christ. That shows right there you are doing something right in the parenting department.
Have a great day!

Angie S said...

I think having a life verse is a wonderful idea...when my kids get older I'm gonna do that too! Hope today is better for you:)

Mike and Katie said...

that's so wonderful! love those moments!

Vivienne said...

That is such a great, wonderful, sweet idea. I need you to do one for me! :)
So sweet.

Brittany said...

How cool to share your relationship with Jesus, that way! :) I can't wait until my kids are older and we can have those type of conversations! :)

I'll pray for you and your father in law!

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Wow, I LOVE this idea! We are in the middle of trying to find a new church home right now, which has led me to try to teach more at home. The girls are so interested to learn all about God's word, and we are enjoying our time learning together. What a special time for you and your daughter. Thanks so much for sharing!

Carrie said...

Oh, Kelli, that is a truly special moment! It's so wonderful to have these with your children. I love hearing that you had such a connection and great timing to share your faith with each other...I have a hard time doing that. I can't wait to hear what verse you choose! She is so adorable!

Ally said...

So sorry you had a trying day--I can relate more than you know--but I bet that conversation with Jamison made the day seem all better!

Becca @ The Texas Darlings said...

There is noting more important that sharing your faith with your children!! I was just like you- wanted my kids to ask Jesus into their hearts on their own time- and NOT because Mommy wanted them to. They both did last year and it was such a special moment for our family!!

Love that you are asking her to come up with her own life verse!!!

~Becca

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Good for you for writing this down - moments like these seem few and far between.

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

I can definitely see why this was a tender moment for you. I look forward to those times where I can share my faith with my children and have conversations about it. It's already starting with talk about Jesus (with Mikayla learning in Sunday School). What a neat thing to know that your children are wanting to make steps in the right direction.

Ms. Tee said...

That is so sweet. I love that she said "God gives her energy". That is the sweetest thing! Your a great mama, Ms. Kelli. :)