I love your insights and ideas about parents being involved in their kids’ spiritual lives. I have some special guest bloggers stopping by soon to share their perspectives and stories – maybe even a few author interviews, too. And best of all I’ve got more book give-aways sponsored by D6 and a big announcement about how you can win a trip for two (all expenses paid) to the D6 conference in September 2009!!! This week’s winners, chosen by Random Integers, are: Commenters 9 and 1 Timestamp: 2008-12-18 03:33:14 UTC
1 – Carol is the winner of Revolutionary Parenting by George Barna
9 – Caroline is the winner of The Bathtub’s Overflowing…. by Lysa TerKeurst
The interviews on Monday were fun. I have photos to share, too. After I was done, Matt from D6 did a spontaneous Q&A with my ten-year-old, Andrew. It was just the guys talking, and me sitting there listening…and thinking… and praying! It was so funny and went something like this:
Matt: So, Andrew what is your favorite thing about being part of your family?
Me: Hoping he’ll say “I love how my mom prays for me on the way to school and talks to me about Jesus, and tells how I can love people like He loves me. I also like it when we read the Bible together and have family time.”
Andrew: Ummm, what I like most about our family is decorating the Christmas tree. I love the Christmas lights but I have to keep asking my mom again and again when we’re going to decorate our tree because we don’t usually decorate our tree until two weeks before Christmas but I love the Christmas tree lights and when we finally put the ornaments on.
Matt: Why do you like that?
Me: Hoping he’ll say, “Because Christmas lights remind me that Jesus is the Light of the world. And Christmas is His birthday.”
Andrew: Because it’s gives me that warm feeling inside. You know that feeling you get when you are with family and it’s all cozy ’cause you’re together?
Me: Ahh, that is so sweet. But I sure do wish He’d mention Jesus or the Bible or something spiritual for Heaven’s sake.
Matt: Andrew, what is your favorite thing about Christmas?
Me: Here’s his chance to mention Jesus’ birthday and our breakfast where we give Him a gift from our hearts and put baby Jesus in the mangers. Or how we do the advent wreath..oh no we haven’t done the Advent wreath – yet! Note to self:Light Advent candles and catch up on Advent reading when you get back from TX.
Andrew: My favorite thing about Christmas is the Christmas tree and the lights and opening presents and being together. And oh yea, my mom will read the Bible about Jesus being born.
Matt: That’s good since Jesus is what Christmas is all about, right?
Me: Oh, thank you Andrew for remembering that sweetheart. You might have just saved me from getting pulled off the speakers list!
It was really funny! Here I am being interviewed by the director of a conference for Christian parenting who invited me to speak and my child is not mentioning Jesus. I am sure he thought Matt knew enough about Jesus and just needed some Christmas light inspiration! My favorite part came towards the end when Matt asked:
Matt: What do you think your mom likes most about being in your family?
Andrew: Loving us. She really loves me and she’s always there for me.
Me: Ahh, that’s enough to make my heart just melt!
Matt: What do you think your dad likes most about being in your family?
Andrew: Reading the Bible. He loves to read the Bible. He makes me want to read the Bible and be a Christian when I grow up!
Me: Thank you Lord for my husband’s influence in my precious son’s life. Note to self: Be sure to talk with Andrew about what it means to be a Christian since he already is (or I thought he was) and be sure he knows he doesn’t have to wait until he grows up to read the Bible 🙂 like his dad but I sure am glad he wants to!!
Kids! They’ll keep you humble for sure. But I am so thankful for my little man. One thing I know: he loves God’s beauty reflected in Christmas lights! And he lights up a room with his smile and humor, the way Jesus did. Just makes me want to squeeze him!
So, have your kids ever had one of these moments? I have another funny story about something Andrew said to my pastor about “gas” after one of his sermons. Oh, but I don’t think I can share it in bloggy world!