Friday, April 17, 2009

Sweet Moments

After writing the previous post, I've been doing a lot of thinking about Little Man and raising him to be a man after God's own heart. Even though he's young, two months shy of two years old, I know there are things we can do to help soften his heart and prepare it to receive God's work in his life. For several months he has joined us in praying at meal time by holding our hands. I've noticed recently that he often bows his head. May our time to thank God for what He has given us and remind ourselves that ALL we have is His already mold his heart!

Then, I began to think about my quiet time and how possibly Ethan could have a time of study as well. We've had three quiet times this week, and oh how sweet they have been to this mother's soul. There are tears in my eyes as I write this. I LOVE teaching, and I LOVE my son, but the two together's pretty close to heaven as I can imgaine on this side of things!

So, what does quiet time with an almost two year old look like for us? Ethan and I go to the window seat where I actually have my own quiet time. When we bought our house last August, I knew right away that this was going to be a special place for me! Ethan loves sitting up on the seat on a pillow. We've put his baby Bible and a small index card box in a basket nearby.

Today we started with a prayer that God would help us hear what He wants to say to us. Then we read from about Daniel in his Bible and talked about the story. Little Man liked roaring like the lion! I have chosen Daniel 6:26 as memory verse that we'll probably use for a month, and I read it to him and we talked about God being a living God. Then we thanked God for being a live and strong God. We closed our time by singing "What a Mighty God We Serve". Little Man is a good clapper! These moments truly were sweet moments!

Twice a week I would like for us to pray for people in Little Man's life. I've collected pictures and yesterday we went through the pictures and I said a sentence prayer for each picture. Eventually I want him to make up the sentences.

I'm so excited about this special time we've had. My prayer is that this time lays a foundation for what Little Man can later do independently and that God will also use this to prepare his little heart.

Thanks to those of you who shared what you do to train up your own children. May you be encouraged as you keep on this path!


Paige said...

What a great idea with a young child! You are instilling in him the discipline and importance of having a quiet time with our Lord. Praise God for sweet mamas like you, raising young men to love him and serve him.

Your blog has ministered to my heart this week and I am so thankful to have found it. I am not yet a wife or mama, but I know God has a plan for my life. Thank you for sharing your love for the Lord through this blog and being an encouragement in my life.

Blessings to you and your family!

Tricia said...

I am so excited for you and your son! These times together talking about the Lord and who He is will most definitely be some of your most favorite times! I love the picture idea, we did something a bit similar... I keep all the photo Christmas cards we get and put them into an album, then I let the boys pick someone to pray for each day... sometimes they pick the dog or cat or even santa, but it is a precious time and they are learning to pray for others...

Keep up the good work!